Contributed by Terry Ambassador, Andrea Burtzel.
As a fresh chill graces the air, signaling the arrival of the inaugural snowfall, it’s that time again —bid farewell to the breezy bike shorts and embrace the snug warmth of fleece-lined pants. For those of us who revel in year-round recreation, the right gear is our trusty companion. Living up here in the wilds of Alaska, gear plays a significant role in my adventures. In the summer months, my focus is mountain running, climbing, and biking. But as the long snowy season descends, it’s a seamless gear shift—time to prepare for the thrills of skiing, fat biking, and skating! A special nod of gratitude goes to my sponsors and brand ambassador programs, whose support keeps me happy as I indulge in all things outdoors.
Trail Running To Winter Running
During the winter, the nights grow longer and the days shorter. Visibility is a major concern if you want to run in the crisp, wintry Alaska darkness. Right now, my go-to jacket is the Terry Hybrid Bike Jacket. Not only do I run visibly, but it’s the perfect protective wind layer for the sometimes audacious weather we face. And let’s not forget the amazing pockets for my on-the-go snacks. Underneath my bright, neon lime magnificence, a baselayer top teams up with Terry’s ultra-warm and fleecy Padless Winter Tight. Pairing a thermal bottom with a top baselayer + a wind-resistant jacket is the perfect mix of cozy and function for conquering those chilly runs without overheating.
Mountain Biking To Fat Biking
Andrea pictured dashing through the snow in her Winter Bike Tights and Windstopper Split Mitts.
When the fluffy white flakes sprinkle the trail, it’s the official kickoff of fat bike season. Time for gliding through snowy slopes, navigating winding trails, and conquering ice-formed bridges. It’s a winter wonderland on two wheels, and to tackle it, I trust only the warmest padded pants known to humankind—the Terry Winter Bike. These aren’t your average bike tights; they’re serious business. Windproof and water-resistant with a cozy fleece interior and a chamois that feels downright heavenly—this combination is my winter ride essential. I pair them with a wicking baselayer top followed by a carefully chosen puffy and/or shell jacket and the Terry Windstopper Split Mitt to take on the chilliest of Alaskan days.
Alaska is home to some truly spectacular Nordic activities, and whether it’s classic skiing, skate skiing, or the magnificent world of Nordic ice skating, we’ve got it all. Flying down freshly groomed trails on skis or skating on wild ice amidst mountainous valleys calls for the toastiest of mitts—the Terry Windstopper Split Mitt. Crafted with an outer windstopper layer and the inner warmth of PrimaLoft, these mitts are truly glorious and equipped with enough gel padding to protect my hands in case of a fall.
Wishing everyone a high stoke winter season, filled with the joy of gliding through snowy landscapes in all your favorite gear. Let’s be friends! Follow along and be a part of my adventures on Instagram: @andreainalaska
More About Andrea:
Andrea Burtzel is based out of Chugiak, Alaska and brings a wealth of mountain biking and running experience to the Terry table. Her life revolves around a diverse array of outdoor pursuits, from rock and ice climbing to skiing and cycling. When she’s not playing outside, she’s working toward a degree in Journalism and Public Communications at UAA. This winter, she’s excited for the chance to hone her skills in the Nordic world—whether it’s gliding across frozen lakes on ice skates, competing in skate ski races, or cross-training with fat biking and climbing. In Andrea’s words, “I am deeply passionate about moving my body outdoors—it’s where I find peace, and I love the sense of community that naturally emerges through these diverse sports.“