Due to my passion for skiing, I've spent a lot of time in freezing weather. Over the years, I have enjoyed my time in the wide expanses and snow-covered mountains, and also faced my share of problems due to the hazards of below-freezing point temperature. I have learned many lessons, none more important than being ready for the inclement weather and difficult elements. If you are in the habit of spending a lot of time on snow during your winter holidays, it becomes essential that you take necessary precautions in order to safeguard yourself against the elements.

1. Make a Habit of Staying Warm

No matter what the situation is, always look to find a way to keep yourself warm. When in a car on your way to the resort, turn the heating up and try to warm your clothes. If you find yourself stranded, use a lighter to keep your hands toasty. And in case you are lucky enough to find some dry wood, light a fire and cherish the warm moments, as they will be few and far between on your snowy excursion.

2. Find the Right Layers

Layered clothing dress up is ideal for beating the chilly weather. Begin with a base layer, preferably made from wool or synthetic, and put other layers on top of that. Always stick to wool or synthetic for the first layer. As I like to switch between activities on my snow trips, I regularly customize the layers under my insulated jacket. Generally, there are three layers that one should wear for a warm experience in extremely cold climate. However, you should dress as per your preferences. If you like to stick to high-octane activities like snow shoeing and skiing, you should opt for lightweight fabrics and sometime skip the middle layer. However, keep an extra lightweight puffy jacket in your bag to beat the cold when the mercury drops suddenly.

3. Understand the Elements and Know the Signs

Cold weather can turn nightmarish when the wind picks up. The wind can send mercury way below zero, which can be quite hazardous and cause hypothermia. Knowing the symptoms and signs of hypothermia can go a long way in preventing its onset and nipping it in the bud. The first symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, clumsiness, confusion, and slurred speech. If you catch the signs early, then it becomes easier to tend to the patient and save a life. If you start feeling sluggish, eat some food and keep on moving. Also wrap yourself with an extra jacket to stay warm and toasty.

4. Spare Some Room for Your Toes to Wiggle

If you are in the habit of fitting your ski boots as tightly as you could, then I recommend that you ease off on this practice. Tight boots worn for a long time on snow can cause frost-nipped toes. Whether you like to ice climb or ski tour, it is always better that you size up a half or even a full size; which will provide wiggle room for your toes and help with blood circulation.

5. Pack Heat in Your Backpack

When the cold becomes unbearable, it is always reassuring to have a couple of warmers in your backpack. Disposable hand, toe, and body warmers can bring respite to the freezing body parts quickly. With these warmers you will be able to keep your fingers flexible, which are essential for performing basic tasks in the snow. You can even cover your phone in the warmer to extend the battery life as the battery dies quicker in the cold.