Your Guide for Masks to Wear While Skiing and Snowboarding
Skiers and snowboarders are used to wearing masks so they can stay warm while on the slopes. However, it’s more important than ever to wear them now to stop the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.
Preventing the spread of COVID-19 helps keep Mammoth Mountain and Mammoth Lakes open to visitors, but most importantly it keeps visitors and locals alike safe. To help make that happen, the ASO Mammoth team has written a short guide to the best masks to wear while skiing and snowboarding. Check it out below ahead of your visit to Mammoth Lakes. If you find out that you need a new mask then visit us at the ASO Mammoth shop!
Put Warmth Over Convenience
At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all tired of wearing masks. That doesn’t mean that you should wear a mask that’s easier to put on and remove rather than one that’s warm though.
A thin buff may be the most comfortable option, but it won’t be for long. If your buff is too thin then it won’t protect you from the wind, cold air, and any snow in it. Plus, if it’s not designed to repel or wick away moisture then your breath will quickly soak the buff and make it uncomfortable to wear.
The best mask is one that’s going to completely cover your nose and mouth while keeping you warm and wicking away moisture. Merino wool fits that description, but it’s also an expensive option. There are synthetic blend masks that will do everything we just mentioned as well as be convenient to remove and put on. What that looks like for you depends on the factors below.
Buff or Balaclava? No Matter What You Choose Try It Out First
Although a balaclava that covers your head, neck, nose, and mouth may seem excessive, on the coldest days of winter it’s a necessity. Plus, it’s an easy way to stay warm while also protecting yourself against COVID-19.
While the choice between a buff and a balaclava comes down to personal preference, you should try on whatever you choose with your gear before you get to the mountain to make sure it works for you. If you’re new to wearing a mask, buff, or balaclava while on the snow then making it work with a helmet and goggles could be a challenge at first. For that reason we recommend making sure that the design and thickness of your mask meshes well with your gear and won’t leave any areas exposed or cause your goggles to fog up as you ride.
Look into Filters for Extra Protection
If COVID-19 poses a significant risk to you because of prior health issues or you just want extra protection, then look into a mask that comes equipped with a filter around the mouth and nose. Your options will be limited as most ski and snowboard masks rely on the thickness of their materials to protect wearers, but there are options like this mask that comes equipped with a filter.
No matter what mask you choose to wear, as long as it keeps you comfortable, stays completely over your mouth and nose while riding, and protects you and those around you you’ll have a good day at Mammoth Mountain. Stop by the ASO Mammoth store to check out our masks and any other ski or snowboard gear you need for your visit to Mammoth Mountain!