woman making a snow angel in winter layers to keep warm outside

Conquer Winter: The Ultimate Guide to Winter Layering at Scot’s Sporting Goods

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December 30, 2023

As the temperature drops and snow blankets the landscape, it’s time to gear up for outdoor adventures that will leave you in awe. Nestled at the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, we understand the importance of staying warm, dry, and comfortable in the winter elements. Winter layering is an approach to adding different types of clothing on top of each other to help combat the winter elements. With average temperatures ranging from 14°F to 42°F (-10°C to 6°C) in December, you will want to be equipped with the right gear to fully enjoy the winter wonderland. Whether you are sightseeing in town or preparing for one of our guided snowshoeing trips, winter layering will help you conquer the elements with confidence.

Group snowshoeing in the mountains in winter layers

Layering Approach

There are 5 winter layers that we will talk about in this post starting with the base layer and ending with accessories.

1.Base Layer

We start with the base layer or the layer of clothing that has direct contact with your skin. This is your secret weapon and is the crucial layer for managing sweat and keeping you dry. A great base layer is made of moisture-wicking materials to ensure optimal moisture management while also providing an extra layer of insulation against the cold.

2.Insulating Layer

Your next layer is designed to trap and retain body heat. A jacket or vest made of fleece, down or a synthetic blend of materials that provides insulation are perfect choices for this layer. They offer a great balance between insulation and flexibility allowing for ease of movement as you explore the snow landscapes.

3.Outer Layer

The outer layer or shell is your frontline defense against the wind, snow, and moisture. Waterproof and windproof jackets are engineered to withstand harsh winter conditions. They are both stylish and functional, ensuring you stay warm and dry during your outdoor adventures.


Insulated and waterproof pants are essential for keeping your legs warm and dry. This is your outer shell for your legs. Depending on your activity you may want to look for options with reinforced knees and seat for added durability. If you are planning on trekking through deep snow on a winter hike or one of our guided snowshoeing trips the bottom layer will keep you focused on the experience and not the cold.


Explore our collection of insulated gloves, hats, or scarves. These accessories provide the warmth and protection you need and complete your winter layer approach.

FAQs for Winter Layering

Q: Why is layering important in winter?
A: Layering provides versatility and adaptability, allowing you to regulate your body temperature by adding or removing layers based on the conditions. It’s the most effective way to stay warm, dry, and comfortable in unpredictable winter weather.

Q: Can I skip the base layer?
A: The base layer is crucial for managing moisture, which is essential in winter. Skipping it may lead to discomfort, as moisture can reduce the insulating properties of your other layers.

Q: How do I choose the right size for layering?
A: Ensure that each layer fits comfortably without restricting movement. Avoid overly tight layers, as they can compress insulation and hinder effectiveness.

Armed with the right gear and a strategic approach to winter layering you can conquer the elements with confidence. Embrace the chill, explore the beauty, and make the most of winter. Visit Scot’s Sporting Goods in Estes Park to discover our winter clothing and gear collection designed to keep you warm, dry and comfortable through the season. Don’t just face the cold; conquer it with the help of Scot’s Sporting Goods!




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