- 06 August 2013
Korea gets cold in winter. Actually, it gets very cold. The big fronts coming down from Siberia push lots of great snow on the peaks and bring with them some chilly weather, with some days getting down to -20c in the sun! But don't shy away from your Korean snow adventure, just be prepared and pack your base layers!
Your base layer should include long underwear, long-sleeve shirt and long socks made from 100% wool or a 100% polypropylene product. Woollen base layers are considered the best way to go because they can last a trip without the need for a wash, though they can often be a little more expensive. Look for brands such as Icebreaker and Sherpa that have ratings of 260 g/m2. Poly thermals are a little easier on the pocket but need a regular launder as they can work up a stink after a big day on the slopes. Lucky, they are quick dry product and easy to hand wash. Some brands promise their space aged materials can eliminate the odour factor, but after recent trips with a couple smelly teenage boys, we still think a wash every 2 days is in order. Brands to look for include "Burton Dryride", "Airblaster Ninja Suites" and "Dakine Torque".
Most importantly, keep your feet warm and dry. You need them feeling good! Ensure you have a good fitting knee length sock made from either 100% wool or poly. Keep cotton out as it absorbs water and will stay wet in your boots, making those little tootsies as cold as the snow. And don't forget to keep a spare pair on hand for those pow days! Try anything from the Rojo, Burton, Grenade and Icebreaker ranges.
With your base layer sorted to keep toasty and warm under your other layers, you're ready to hit the Korean slopes!