What to Wear

Comfort Factor

Canadians are weather watchers and they seldom make their decisions on outdoor activities without consulting a forecast. The public perception of outdoor winter recreation opportunities is governed by extensive media coverage of weather including wind chill. The use of weather forecasts has prompted the Ontario Snow Resorts Association, one of the Canadian Ski Council’s member associations, to create a scale that will enable the public to accurately reflect the level of comfort they may expect while engaged in winter recreation.

This scale has been named the Comfort Factor and specifically relates wind chill to a set of parameters the public can use to enable them to enjoy winter activities.

COMFORT FACTOR

WIND CHILL EQUIVALENT

TEMP & WIND COMBINATIONS

COMFORT REQUIREMENTS

1. Very comfortable outdoor winter conditions. +4 +10C and 20K
to
+5 and 10k
Comfortable activity maintained with light winter clothing.  Insulated clothing not required.
2. Comfortable outdoor conditions with adequate insulated clothing -12 +4C and 60K
to
-9C and 10K
Adequate insulating, dry clothing required to maintain core temperatures above +36C must be provided
3. Comfortable outdoor conditions require activity and quality outdoor clothing -20
to
-25
-3C and 55K
to
-18C and 10K
Keep active.  Well made insulating, dry clothing a necessity.  Clothing featuring layering a good recommendation.  a hat is necessity.
4. Shortened outdoor activity with warm-up breaks.  Cover all skin.