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Skiers and snowboarders should wear gloves so that their hands are not exposed to the cold as they descend downhill. Skiers use their hands to grip poles, so gloves are particularly important. Snowboarders must extend their hands for balance, so they need protection for the hands as well.

Gloves that are used for daily wear are generally not appropriate for the slopes. This is because they are not waterproof. Athletes should look for Gore-Tex gloves to keep the skin dry.

For people who don't like wearing gloves there are other options to protect the hands from the cold. Waterproof mittens allow fingers to touch for extra warmth. Lobster style gloves group fingers into pairs of two and three so that a skier can maneuver fingers and still have the warmth of skin on skin.

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