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Winter advice for people new to winter

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I've lived most of the last 30 years between Chicago, IL, and on Lake Superior in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  

Layering clothing became important when walking half a mile or more to the supermarket in -30 / 40ish.  -50ish in certain pocket areas like Cloquet and Bayfield, though less common.

Thrift shops usually have good and inexpensive snowsuits or ski outer wear.  Because I used to walk the shore of Lake Superior almost daily, I got in a habit of wearing two snowsuits, Yaxtrax, carrying a bottle of water, and staying in public areas even if that required walking a longer route.

The wind below zero is no joke, so wearing three scarves over a hat was also a habit.

To keep snow out of my boots, I bought a pair of zippered 3/4 calf high boots.  Tucked the inside snowsuit into the boot.  Pulled the elasticized ankles of the outer snowsuit around the boot.

Never did surf Lake Superior though :.)  I'm game to try most things once, but that one is over the top.

Photo is from the Duluth Tribune, and that is not me sitting on the ice :.)
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