Mountain Threads: Keeping Warm on Colorado Slopes

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The start of the New Year ushers in Colorado’s coldest month: January. Mountain Threads, a ski clothing rental service, helps patrons battle the bitter Rocky Mountain air.

2012 is here. Ushering in the New Year is January, Colorado’s coldest month. While an average temperature of 15.2 degrees Fahrenheit may not sound intimidating, add high altitude wind-chill and exposed chairlifts and the experience changes dramatically. Skiers and snowboarders don’t be fooled—standing in a sunny parking lot in Denver is very different from standing at the top of Breckenridge’s Imperial Express, North America’s highest chairlift. Donning a pair of jeans and a Starter jacket for a day on the mountain will not get you far before you’re ducking into the lodge for a hot cocoa by the fire. Mountain Thread’s ski clothing rental service offers a primer and affordable solutions to facing a common Rocky Mountain issue: the cold.

Dressing properly can make the difference between an epic ski day and cold, wet misery. When considering what to wear, follow these simple guidelines to stay warm and dry.

1) Base Layer: The layer next to your skin (long underwear and socks) is a critical component to your warmth. Avoid cotton and stick to wool blend, silk or synthetic technical fabrics that pull moisture away from your skin.

2) Insulation Layer: Here we’re talking about fleece shirts, turtlenecks, vests or sweaters. Neck gaiters and fleece pants are great additions on really cold days. These articles should be just big enough to wear above your base layer, but should not be baggy. Again, stay away from cotton and lean towards wool, wool blends or synthetic fabrics.

3) Outer Layer. Your goal here is to keep wind and snow out and warmth in with waterproof jackets, pants and gloves. Make sure sleeves are long enough and that you have sufficient overlap between your jacket and pants, so snow doesn’t creep in. Top it off with a helmet or hat and protect your feet with waterproof shoes or boots that can grip a snowy sidewalk.

For those who hardly, if ever, hit the slopes, Mountain Threads ensures its guests are outfitted with quality technical gear. See additional tips on their “What to Wear on the Mountain” page. Not only does Mountain Threads meet each of the guidelines listed above with high-performance, brand name clothes for rent, they also deliver directly to all Colorado resorts. In addition, they rent humidifiers to battle the dry climate, as well as two-way radios to conveniently stay connected to friends and family on the mountain.

About Mountain Threads
Mountain Threads is a ski clothing rental company based in Golden, CO. Carrying high-performance gear from reputable brands, Mountain Threads helps assure a warm and dry experience on the slopes. With convenient delivery and pick-up options, customers can arrange to have orders waiting for them at their resort accommodations. Learn more at


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