National Parks in the winter are absolutely gorgeous, but as you may have guessed, it’s also absolutely freezing! If skiing is on your to do list, check out Yosemite, Rocky Mountains, Acadia, or Olympic National Park for breathtaking winter wonderland vibes. If a jaunt in the snow doesn’t sound appealing, you can go hiking at Joshua Tree or Zion National Park; however, do be aware of icy conditions. Wherever your adventure takes you this winter, make sure to check the weather and road conditions before you travel.
Pack the Right Stuff for Your Trip to the National Parks
It’s all about the base...layer
To help regulate your temperature on the slopes, utilize a three part layering system starting with a base layer. Wool fabrics are cozy and great temperature regulators.
Sandwich in the warmth
The midlayer, also known as the insulating layer helps retain the heat produced by your body. Look for midlayers made from quick-dry fabrics to wick away sweat during intense activities such as skiing.
Pack adhesive hand and foot warmers if you’re especially sensitive to the cold.
Keep the chill out
Finally, top off all your layers with a hard shell jacket and soft shell pants so you can stay warm, dry, and nimble on the slopes.
Took [these] on a 5-day trek through the mountains which included snow and ice walking, river crossings, mud, ash, dust, dirt. My feet stayed dry and comfortable the entire time.
- Zappos guest
Protect those peepers
You’ll want to protect your eyes from the glare of the snow and the cold winds on the slopes with a pair of ski goggles. But if you’re just hiking in icy, snowy conditions, a pair of polarized sunglasses will do the trick.
Find your footing
Hiking in icy conditions can be tricky. Opt for hiking boots with good ankle support and grip for slippery trails - for extra stability, bring trekking poles.
Get down and stay out
A down jacket with a high warmth-to-weight ratio will help you power through your hike when the temperature drops.
Extreme comfort for your extremities
Pro tip: invest in Merino wool accessories. Naturally heating and cooling Merino wool breathes and manages moisture better than any other fiber. Equip yourself with a pair of socks, gloves, and neck gaiter to tackle the chill.