Stuff's winter survival guide: how to stay warm like a pro skier

Arc'teryx freeride skier Stian Hagen explains why a massive duffel coat is not the answer: it's all about layers
Stian Hagen

With various acts of snowy derring-do from the Sochi Olympics lighting up TV screens at the moment, chances are your thoughts are turning to the slopes and winter sports. We caught up with Norwegian professional ski-wearer Stian Hagen to find out the best way to stay toasty on the frigid slopes – and afterwards when you’re sipping schapps and scoffing fondu.


Norrona Lofoten Gore-tex Short
Terra-Nova Extremities Glacier GTX

Your extremities tend to get cold the fastest, so a high quality pair of gloves is recommended if you want to avoid a Ranulph Fiennes-esque nightmare scenario of sawing your own frostbitten fingertips off.

On the slopes: Norrona Lofoten Gore-tex Short (£100)

These have a Gore-Tex X-Trafit liner to keep your hands dry, and Primaloft insulation for extra warmth. The ever-useful hand leash prevents you dropping them when you're texting on the chair lift.

Off piste: Terra-Nova Extremities Glacier GTX (£100)

More suited to spring skiing, the minimalist Glacier's outer and lining are bonded  together to make sure you've got maximum ski pole feel when nailing fresh snow. Leather palms keep them flexible.