Local retailers that’ll keep you warm this winter.

By Heidi Bethel

If you’re anything like me, I like options … especially when it comes to braving the wintry air outdoors. Adding a layer, or two, is one of the best ways to ensure an enjoyable day on the mountain. This season, as you’re out trekking down the snow-lined trails of Tahoe and beyond, be sure to keep those body temperatures comfortable with clothing and gear from some of our favorite local purveyors.

Baselayer basics

Patagonia has an abounding presence in the Sierra. With several shops, a warehouse and service center, and their newish Patagonia Outlet in downtown Reno, you can find a whole slew of thermal products lining the shelves throughout the region. The Capilene Baselayer are versatile next-to-skin performance knits that will help you stay warm. With cuts, styles and fabrics tailored for specific exertion levels and desired warmth, the shirts and bottoms are a sure bet to beat the cold. patagonia.com


Fancy pants

If you haven’t been to one of the eight Tahoe Powder House locations in South Lake Tahoe, you’re missing out. In addition to all their new flashy gear and rentals, they have some not so mainstream clothing lines. Picture’s women’s Exa Pant provides all-terrain versatility with sustainable, organic, environmentally friendly material — plus, they come in a bunch of fun colors and patterns. For the guys, the Volcom Freaking Show Chino Pant embodies the brand’s famous khaki style with extra material and mesh vents. tahoepowderhouse.com

Bibs more your style? Then head to Shoreline of Tahoe in Stateline for some great options. Their Volcom Women’s Elm Gore-Tex Bib Overall touts great waterproofing and a convenient zipper for those pesky restroom visits. For the guys, the Airblaster Beast bib provides top-of-the-line waterproofing and stretch fit for maximum comfort and mobility. Be sure to checkout all the other great snow pants, jackets and gear at this Tahoe favorite! shorelineoftahoe.com

Cover it up

At Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City they carry all the goods! The Outdoor Research Ascendant Hoody is such a versatile layer that you’ll never want to take it off. This jacket, available in both men’s and women’s styles, features a Pertex Microlight outer shell that moves with you while shedding light precipitation as well as Polartec Alpha Direct insulation, a material that provides lightweight warmth while remaining very breathable. Be sure to also checkout the Alpenglow Mountain Fest scheduled February 16 – 24 for nine days of human-powered mountain sports across North Lake Tahoe. (Pssst … they’ll have some great gear and clothing options available during the event, too.) alpenglowsports.com

Accessorize to survive

With seemingly endless possibilities for toasty extras, there are certainly a few tried and true winter clothing add-ons that are a must! Find all the flair and trimmings you might need at Scheels at the Outlets at Legends in Sparks. If you’re in South Lake, visit Mountain West Sports for all that suits you! scheels.com; mountainwest.rentals

Mountainous adventures await in Reno/Tahoe and be sure to layer up the right way before heading out. Have a great time in style!