ContentsHOW TO USE THIS GUIDEFOOTWEARSKI BOOTSSKI SOCKSBOTTOMSUNDERWEARLONG UNDERWEARSKI PANTSTOPSSPORT BRASLONG UNDERWEAR TOPSSKI JACKETACCESSORIESHELMETHATSGLOVES AND MITTENSSUNGLASSESGOGGLESNECK GAITER On the ski slopes, dressing appropriately is essential. Certain fabrics and clothing layers work better to keep you warm and dry than others. For new skiers, rustling up the right clothing can make the difference between a fun day on the slopes and a wet, cold day of shivering misery. Learning what to wear skiing is key to your enjoyment of the sport. Here at The Adventure Junkies, we’ve put together the ultimate clothing guide for skiing. It will help you get started in rounding up the clothing you need for the slopes. It will also help you sort out what clothing will keep you warm and what clothing may not perform well enough to protect you in wintry conditions. cloud-downloadCLICK HERE to Download our FREE Quick Starter Guide to Snow Sports. Photo by istockphoto.com/portfolio/wojciech_gajdaPhoto by istockphoto.com/portfolio/dell640 HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE Here you will find a list of terms we’ll be using within the article to describe each piece of clothing. BEST MATERIALS: We’ll list what materials to look for when shopping. PRICE RANGE: We will give you a price range so you’ll know what to expect. CONDITIONS BEST FOR: This is our recommended best conditions to wear the product in. TYPE OF SKIING: There are a few types of skiing. This will help you dress for the occasion. IDEAL PROPERTIES: The qualities in technical clothing terms to look for. LEARN MORE: More information may be listed in a link here. FOOTWEAR Photo by istockphoto.com/portfolio/marina_karkalicheva Cold toes are no fun. That means keeping your feet warm while skiing is paramount. Ski boots and socks are designed to keep your feet warm. The boots are also an essential part of your ski equipment. SKI BOOTS Adult ski boots should have four buckles, a Velcro power strap around the cuff, and rubber toe and heel pads for walking safety. The best liners can be shaped by heat in the shop to conform to the specific contours of your foot. The outer plastic shells provide the stiffness to steer your skis and waterproofing. Boots also come in varied stiffness; most beginner and intermediate skiers prefer a soft to medium flex while racers, freeride competitors, and experts opt for stiff models. Some boots also have a walk mode or built-in heaters. Some popular boots for beginners and intermediates are Salomon Quest Access 80 and Rossignol Alltrack Pro 100. BEST MATERIALS: Plastic shells, rubber toe and heel pads, thermoformable liners with Thinsulate PRICE RANGE: $300-$800 CONDITIONS BEST FOR: Snow TYPE OF SKIING: Downhill IDEAL PROPERTIES: Waterproof, moldable to your foot OTHER OPTIONS: All terrain or touring ski boots, telemark ski boots LEARN MORE: Ski Boots 101 >> SKI SOCKS Ski socks come in varied thicknesses for providing more or less warmth and usually pull up knee high to be higher than the boot. Some have extra padding on the shins, since that’s where you pressure your boots. Some socks also beef up the padding around the heel and toe for extra warmth and durability. Ski socks should have elasticity to conform to your foot. Some of the most popular ski socks are Smartwool PhD Ski Medium, Smartwool PhD Ski Light and Darn Tough Thermolite Cushioned Ski Socks. BEST MATERIALS: Merino wool, synthetics (polyester, nylon, and spandex) PRICE RANGE: $22-$30 CONDITIONS BEST FOR: Cold weather TYPE OF SKIING: Downhill, backcountry IDEAL PROPERTIES: Breathable, moisture wicking, warmth, flat toe seams OTHER OPTIONS: Mountaineering socks LEARN MORE: Snow Socks 101 >> BOTTOMS Photo by istockphoto.com/portfolio/nicoelnino Dressing appropriately for skiing means layering. All under layers, including underwear, should be made from synthetics that have moisture-wicking and heat-retaining properties. Cotton does not work as it absorbs water, hangs onto it, and produces clammy, cold skin. Outer layers should have waterproof and wind-blocking properties. UNDERWEAR Go for quick-dry types of fabrics for underwear. These will provide the warmth you need for skiing while wicking moisture off your skin. Antimicrobial treatments can help reduce odors, and flat seams will prevent chaffing. For men, the Exofficio Give-n-Go Boxer Brief or Smartwool Merino 150 Boxer Brief work well for skiing. The Exofficio Give-n-Go Bikini or Patagonia Active Hipster Briefs offer women’s options. BEST MATERIALS: Merino Wool or Nylon PRICE RANGE: $25 – $45 CONDITIONS BEST FOR: Skiing TYPE OF SKIING: All Types IDEAL PROPERTIES: Breathable, quick drying, warm LONG UNDERWEAR Long underwear comes in various thicknesses, from lightweight silk to heavier fleece. Leggings also can work, as long as they do not contain cotton. Your outer pants will dictate what type of long underwear layers you need. If your outer pants are insulated, then a thinner pair of long underwear can do the job unless temperatures plunge below zero. If your outer pants are a thinner shell, then you’ll need a heavier long underwear layer, such as fleece, or perhaps even a thin nylon layer topped with a thin fleece. Be cautious of layering too much that might cause overheating or impinge movement. Some popular long underwear for men are REI Co-op Merino Midweight Base Layer Bottoms and Patagonia Capilene Lightweight Long Underwear Bottoms, and Icebreaker Winter Zone Leggings. For women, check out the Smartwool Merino 150 Base Layer Bottoms and REI Co-op Silk Long Underwear Bottoms. BEST MATERIALS: Merino Wool, silk, and nylon PRICE RANGE: $24-$120 CONDITIONS BEST FOR: Cold weather TYPE OF SKIING: All Types IDEAL PROPERTIES: Breathable, moisture-wicking, and warmth Gear up for snow adventures, without breaking the bankGet the Latest Deals on Snow GearSent right to your inbox...GEAR UP SKI PANTS The best ski pants should be windproof and waterproof. They should have elasticized powder cuffs or snow gaiters to prevent snow from getting into your ski boots. Insulation will provide warmth, although you can use thicker long underwear layers for pants that lack insulation. For men, popular pants are the Outdoor Research AlpenIce Insulated Pants and Marmot Motion Snow Pants. For women, look for Arc’teryx Sentinel Snow Pants or Patagonia Insulated Snowbelle Pants. BEST MATERIALS: Gore-tex, nylon, polyester PRICE RANGE: $120-$600 CONDITIONS BEST FOR: Cold and wet snowy weather TYPE OF SKIING: All Types IDEAL PROPERTIES: Waterproof, breathable, windproof OTHER OPTIONS: Shell pants LEARN MORE: Snow Pants 101 >> TOPS Photo by istockphoto.com/portfolio/dell640 Layering tops can help you adapt to skiing in ultra frigid or warmer spring days. Underlayers need to be moisture-wicking and breathable. Above all, they should not be made from cotton or cotton blends that are neither. SPORT BRAS For maximum comfort, warmth, and breathability, look for sports bras made from polyester and nylon. Spandex adds elasticity for a snug, no bulk fit. V-style or racerstyle backs prevent straps slipping off. Look for bras such as Moving Comfort Juno Sports Bra and Patagonia Active Sports Bra. BEST MATERIALS: Nylon, polyester, spandex PRICE RANGE: $25-$65 CONDITIONS BEST FOR: Activity outdoors in cold weather TYPE OF SKIING: All types IDEAL PROPERTIES: Moisture-wicking and breathable LONG UNDERWEAR TOPS Layering long underwear tops is key for handling winter weather. For colder temperatures, you can double up on tops or go with a thicker fabric. For warmer spring ski days, trim down to one lightweight layer. Tops come in lightweight, midweight, and heavyweight thicknesses. No matter how you layer tops, be cautious of overdressing that may cause overheating and inhibit movement. For colder days, some tops include a mock-turtleneck and neck zipper. For men, the REI Co-op Lightweight Base Layer Long Sleeve Crew Top and Smartwool NTS 250 Pattern Long Underwear Crew Top can work. For women, tops include the Smartwool Merino 150 Base Layer Long Sleeve Top or Icebreaker Oasis Half-zip Long Underwear Top. BEST MATERIALS: Merino wool, synthetics (nylon or polyester) PRICE RANGE: $24 – $110 CONDITIONS BEST FOR: Winter and spring skiing TYPE OF SKIING: All types IDEAL PROPERTIES: Moisture-wicking and breathable OTHER OPTIONS: Fleece top or ski sweater LEARN MORE: Snow Underwear 101 >> SKI JACKET Ski jackets come in three constructions: insulated, shell, or soft shell. Insulated jackets use polyester or down layers to retain heat while the outer layer provides waterproofing and wind-blocking. With shell jackets that trim down to only the water- and wind-proof layer, skiers can vary the underlayers to adjust to warmer or colder conditions. Soft shells are usually for warmer ski days as the outer layer is not as waterproof. Jackets known as 3-in-1 styles have zip-out insulated liners, so you can wear only the shell, only the liner, or both parts for maximum warmth. For men, the Arc’teryx Shuksan Jacket and Outdoor Research White Room are good options. For women, the Patagonia Snowbelle 3-in-1 Jacket or Mountain Hardwear Downhill Down Parka provide good choices. BEST MATERIALS: Gore-tex, down, polyester PRICE RANGE: $115-$775 CONDITIONS BEST FOR: Winter and spring skiing TYPE OF SKIING: All types IDEAL PROPERTIES: Depends on weather OTHER OPTIONS: Fleece or down jacket LEARN MORE: Snow Jackets 101 >> ACCESSORIES Photo by istockphoto.com/portfolio/BSANI Ski accessories are an important part of clothing, especially to add head, face, hand, and eye protection. HELMET Ski helmets are necessary to protect the head during falls and collisions. While you can find helmets designed for men or women, many work for either sex. The most important element is fit. The helmet must be snug, but not too tight. You’ll wear it over a thin beanie or just your head. Higher end models offer methods of adjusting vents for airflow, coverage to keep ears warm, and adjustable chin straps. Try out helmets such as Smith Vantage MIPS Snow Helmet for men or the Smith Vantage MIPS Snow Helmet for women. BEST MATERIALS: Hard plastic shell exterior, foam liner PRICE RANGE: $60-$260 CONDITIONS BEST FOR: All weather TYPE OF SKIING: All types IDEAL PROPERTIES: Head protection, works with goggles LEARN MORE: Ski Helmets 101 >> HATS While some ski hats are fashion statements, functional hats do the job of keeping your head warm. For those wearing helmets, only thinner beanie-style hats with no pom-poms on top will fit under the helmet. For warm spring days, headbands work, but for colder days, look for hats with wool or tight knits. Fleece linings can help reduce itch. Especially with helmets, look for hats like the Patagonia Beanie Hat. There’s also the North Face Bones Beanie for men, or for women, the Pistil Flint Hat. BEST MATERIALS: Merino wool, polyesters, synthetics PRICE RANGE: $20 – $55 CONDITIONS BEST FOR: Cold weather TYPE OF SKIING: Any type IDEAL PROPERTIES: Breathable, moisture-wicking, and warmth OTHER OPTIONS: Balaclava or Buff LEARN MORE: Snow Hats 101 >> GLOVES AND MITTENS To keep your hands warm on the slopes, you’ll need to invest in a pair of mittens, gloves, or both. Many skiers wear gloves for skiing when the temperatures are 15 degrees or warmer. For temperatures that plummet below that, many skiers opt for mittens as they provide more warmth for the fingers. You can also add thin liners to gloves or mittens for an additional layer of warmth. Both gloves and mittens should have a waterproof outer layer with inner insulation. Go for Black Diamond Guide Gloves or Marmot Expedition Mittens for men or Outdoor Research Alti Mittens or Burton Gore-Tex Gloves for women. BEST MATERIALS: Gore-tex, synthetics PRICE RANGE: $36 – $355 CONDITIONS BEST FOR: Cold, wind, and snow TYPE OF SKIING: Downhill, backcountry IDEAL PROPERTIES: Waterproof, wind-blocking, breathable LEARN MORE: Snow Gloves 101 >> SUNGLASSES On sunny days, sunglasses are a must to protect your eyes. Damaging UVA and UVB rays can glare off the snow with added intensity to cause snow-blindness. Be sure to invest in sunglasses that have strong UV protective coating to cut down on damaging rays. Shades that wrap around the side of the face will also prevent rays from coming in the sides. Look for dark, polarized lenses to transmit less light. Some of the most popular sunglasses for skiing are the Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm Sunglasses and Smith Parallel Max Polarized Sunglasses. BEST MATERIALS: 100% UV Protected Coating, nylon frames PRICE RANGE: $20 – $300+ CONDITIONS BEST FOR: Sunny days TYPE OF SKIING: All types GOGGLES Snowy, blowing days in the mountains require goggles for skiing. They protect your eyes from snow and ice, plus keep your face warmer. Look for fog-free optics and a wide field of vision. They must be helmet compatible; try out glasses with your helmet to be sure of the fit. Some glasses have interchangeable lenses for different light levels. Check out the Oakley Flight Deck XM Snow Goggles or Smith I/O Snow Goggles for men and Oakley Flight Deck XM Lindsey Vonn Snow Goggles or Smith I/OS Snow Goggles for women. BEST MATERIALS: 100% UV Protected Coating PRICE RANGE: $30 – $650 CONDITIONS BEST FOR: Snow, cold TYPE OF SKIING: Downhill, backcountry LEARN MORE: Snow Goggles 101 >> NECK GAITER Neck gaiters are knit or fleece tubes that help in retaining heat from escaping the neck and lower face. You can pull them up to cover your chin in a blizzard or wear them just around your neck. Two classic neck gaiters are REI Co-op Merino Wool Liner Neck Gaiter or Turtle Fur MFS Neck Gaiter. BEST MATERIALS: Merino Wool or synthetics PRICE RANGE: $18 – $35 CONDITIONS BEST FOR: Cold, wind, and snow TYPE OF SKIING: Downhill, backcountry IDEAL PROPERTIES: Breathable OTHER OPTIONS: Buffs SNOW SPORTS RESOURCESTABLE OF CONTENTSSNOW SPORTSTABLE OF CONTENTS 1. BASICS 5. SKIING 2. SNOW CLOTHING 6. SNOWBOARDING 3. ACCESSORIES 7. SNOWSHOEING 4. SNOW SAFETY 1. BASICS 2. SNOW CLOTHING 3. ACCESSORIES 4. SNOW SAFETY 5. SKIING 6. SNOWBOARDING 7. SNOWSHOEING Disclosure: The Adventure Junkies is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost for you. We also use other affiliate programs like REI, LeisurePro, Diviac and Liveaboard.com.