Running in winters in high-altitude and in snowy conditions requires the right kind of gear and clothing for you to stay warm and safe. Dressing in thin albeit warm layers is the right way to costume up.
Torso and Legs
For the upper body, a warm, sweat absorbent inner-most layer, followed by a fleece layer in the middle, and an outer hard layer of wind and water proof jacket with a hood, is what is recommended. For the legs, one inner thermal and a technical running outer pant will suffice for the run. We advise you to carry two pairs of uppers and lowers, one to run in and one as back-up in your backpack, in case one set gets wet, you can quickly change into the spare set, as it is vital to stay dry while running in snow.
For the hands, three pairs of gloves are ideal. One thin sweat absorbent warm inner most glove liner, followed by a good warm outer, with a pair of mittens on the outer. The right set of gloves is vital, as hands tend to get quite cold in snowy runs, and running without good hand protection can lead to complications.
Head and Neck
For a long distance run in the snow, what is ideal is a neck gaiter, or a woollen scarf or what works best is the good ol’ balaclava. Along with this you can add up a woollen or wind-proof cap or hat and have some added protection for the ears.
Most people, especially those who are not used to seeing snow on a regular basis, can experience snow-blindness. That is highly avoidable for anyone who is looking to tread on snow. Hence a pair of snow goggles or any UV Resistant Sunglasses is highly recommended. You may also opt for Ski Goggles, which are easily available these days. The Ski Goggles are broad enough to easily fit over spectacle frames, a boon for those with eyeglasses.
Coming to the most important part – of course your feet – which will be taking the snow and ice music head on! You should be geared up in two or three pairs of socks, i.e. one sock liners followed by a fleece or woollen socks, and you may go an extra step with an outermost nylon, water-resistant socks. As the most vital gear – the shoes – you are advised to run in trail running shoes, with best possible grips available. You can wear spikes or crampons, which can be attached to your running shoes, which will give more traction and grip to tide over icy terrain.