This time of year is what we call ‘The Fifth Season’ — that magical period inbetween winter and spring, when the mountain tops are still covered in cold snow, but you can enjoy your aprés-ski beverage in the valley wearing a t-shirt. The Fifth Season is the best time of year to go ski-touring. Here’s how to dress:
Bring a lightweight shell that is waterproof and breathable. The Stellar Shell Jacket is perfect for longer days in shifting weather. It is a full-featured jacket designed for all sorts of alpine activities, and lightweight enough for ski touring. The new Ultralight Shell Jacket 2.0 provides full shell protection for those shorter light-and-fast tours. It has fewer technical details, but is unbelievably lightweight and extremely packable.
Wear a base layer that is breathable, quick-drying and warm enough to use without a jacket. Our Light Mid Sweaters are perfect for the job. These stylish products are missing link between a light fleece-jacket and a base layer. The Fieldsensor™ fabric has an amazing ability to transport moisture away from your body while being durable and very comfortable.
Pack an insulation jacket for when reaching the top, or for when the sun sets. Our popular Primaloft Hood is the obvious choice. Lightweight, warm, and above all breathable — you can wear it on colder days while making your way to the top without getting wet from the inside. It is also available in a version without the hood, and as a vest.
Wear light and comfortable pants with ventilation. The new Stellar Soft Shell Pants 2.0 are not designed for ski-touring per se, but we still use them for that on warmer days. Extremely stretchable comfortable and durable. Our best-selling Stellar Shell Pants are so light and comfortable that you can hardly feel them while wearing them. The ultimate ski pants for earning your turns.