I'd like to start off with something that lives in my pack and something that I used today to help stay warm while skinning in a snow storm: the Dermatone Facial Sunblock Stick. The thick, Vaseline like stuff that is Dermatone, gives you a little sun protection and helps prevent wind burn, frost bite, and chapped skin. By blocking the bite of the wind, it'll make your face feel warmer and let you get by a little longer without one of those annoying neck gaiters.
Much to my chagrin, this particular type of Dermatone is tough to find. Perhaps it's the funky smell, the way it makes your face feel oily, or the shape of the packaging, but for some reason shops don't seem to carry this stuff. Regardless, it's cheap, and if it prevents frost bite for you, consider it to have paid for itself.
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.