Whether you're walking your dog or shredding the hell out of the hill, these weather-beating goodies will keep you warm and enjoying the frozen season.
For a seriously old-skool - as in Upper and Lower Canada - approach to heat-conserving headgear, try one of these furry Davy Crockettesque numbers ($49.99, Save-More Surplus & Camping , 114 Queen East, 416-368-3536). Your ears will thank you. Do I need to remind you that it's not a fashion show? Lose the heels and get a grip on your winter footwear situation. Good in below -50°C. weather, these Musher boots by Baffin ($109, Mountain Equipment Co-op , 400 King West, 416-340-2667, www.mec.ca) laugh in the face of massive slush puddles.
I'm a sucker for a good logo as much as the next guy, but throw in some unisex waterproof stretch-shell, snag-free Velcro action and I'm all over it. These Basic Leather Pipe Gloves by Burton ($90, Uncle Otis , 26 Bellair, 416-920-2281, www.uncleotis.com) also provide serious grip.
Don't let cold weather force you to skimp on your dog's walk time. A Teflon-coated Mystique down coat by Canada Goose ($599, Europe Bound , 383 King West, 416-205-9992) will keep you toasty till the pup says it's time to go.
Definitely not the snowpants of your youth, these super-waterproof mesh-lined, loose-hanging Ronin cargo pants by Burton ($199.99, Sporting Life , 2665 Yonge, 416-485-1611, www.sportinglife. ca) come with thigh vents (Dutch oven, anyone?) and even feature "zippered ghetto slits for added sag." Yo.