While this may come as no surprise to you old goats out there, some people just getting into the backcountry scene might have an under appreciation for the virtues of layering. Backcountry skiing involves quite a bit more exertion, being that you are the chairlift, so being able to layer up and layer down as you heat up and cool down is key to stay comfortable and efficient. Listen to what Sarah Carpenter from The American Avalanche Institute has to say about the subject.
Here is a little blurb about Sarah from The American Avalanche Institute website:
“SARAH CARPENTER has spent most of her life on skis. She has been working in the field of snow and snow science since 1998, when she started as a ski patroller at Bridger Bowl in Bozeman, MT. Sarah has led mountaineering trips in the U.S., Chile, and India for numerous companies. She teaches level 1, 2, and 3 avalanche courses throughout the west during the winter. She also works a ski guide for the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Exum Mountain Guides. In the summer, she is a mountain guide for Alpine Ascents International, where she does her best to keep up with her husband, Don.”
…this lady is the real deal so you would be wise to listen up.