Wondering what to wear to a ski resort? Dressing for the slopes is an exercise in strategy and style. Shopping for the perfect skiing outfit means investing in high-performance gear that will keep you dry, protected and comfortable so you can glide down the powder-covered mountains like a pro. Enjoy our expert tutorial and product recommendations for staying chic and warm on the piste.
A helmet has become a must for skiing: not only does it protect you during accidents, it keeps your head warm and prevents heat from escaping your body. This shiny gold, bold Goldbergh helmet is like a suit of armor for adventurous skiers. Comfort and fit features include hard-shell PVC outer, adjustable fastenings, external goggle clip, and ear pads.
Goggles are another lifesaver to add to your ski outfit. They’ll protect your eyes from rain, sleet, snow, tree branches, and double as sunglasses – the sun’s reflection in the snow can be brutal, so consider these your shield of defense. These mirrored lenses by Dragon Optical have an elasticated band, adjustable fit, cylindrical design for full peripheral vision down the slopes, and a blue tint treated with fog-resistant coating and Lumalens® color optimization to keep things clear.
Sweaty Betty Betty Base Layer Top and Leggings
Let the layering begin. The foundation of every skiing outfit is warm layers that act as a second skin. Created from high-tech fabric this base layer top and leggings by Sweaty Betty insulate, dry quickly, and are super stretchy for maximum movement. A word to the woke: stay clear from cotton base layers as they draw heat away from your body.
Next up is the mid-layer. The trick to staying cozy and dry is to wear a shell or slimline jacket underneath your ski jacket. This Patagonia Nano Puff Water Resistant Jacket is lightweight, warm, has a water-resistant ripstop shell, and is made from environmentally conscious recycled fabric. Tick.
As for your outer layer, investing in a stylish, high-performance jacket is the Rolls Royce of skiing outfits. Go for one with a water-repellent shell like this ice blue number by Bogner with a streamlined silhouette, belt, logo-embroidered hood, sleeve pocket. Filled with quilted down and feathers and featuring breathable lining it’ll keep you warm and chic on the slopes and when indulging in some well-earned après-ski action.
Not all ski gloves were created equally so it’s worth investing in a top-notch pair to prevent your fingers from falling off and give you optimal grip, functionality, and flexibility. Like these sleek white durable leather numbers by Perfect Moment, with water-repellent lining and fleece insulation to help you retain your body heat.
Now that we have the top sorted, let’s get to the bottom of things. High-quality, high-performance ski pants are everything if you want to keep warm, dry protected, and yes stay chic. These classic black pants by Moncler have a bootcut, making them easier to go over your boots (a godsend, trust us) and are made from mid-weight, breathable, stretchy fabric that fits true to size and waterproof zipped pockets, to store your ski pass, credit card, and lip balm.
If you prefer to channel more of a retro ski vibe, an all in one ski suit will do the trick. Like this colorful, vintage-inspired cutie by Perfect Moment featuring four-way stretch for maximum movement. It also has a waterproof, breathable shell lined with thermal fleece which feels like a comforter (ideal for those days when it’s hard to get out of bed).
Yep, your socks matter on the slopes. This pair by Falke are made of a stretch-knit that goes all the way up to your knees – this will make the world of difference when you’ve got ski boots on. With strategic compression panels around the shin and calf, these baby’s also offer extra support and will keep your toes warm.
Finding the right ski boots is like searching for the holy grail, but as comfort and fit is everything (we mean everything) on the slopes, get clued up. Ski boots feature four main parts: the shell, buckles for adjusting fit, attachment points to connect to a binding, and a liner. The stiff factor of the shell matters and beginner skiers and those wanting to get their boots on and off easier should go for these by Rossigno, as they have a soft shell, are wider at the top and have a cozy merino wool liner. A medium flex shell is more responsive, so better for steeper, more challenging runs. If you’re a black diamond skier, a stiff shell is best in difficult terrain thanks to its highly responsive feel.
No matter how good your ski boot, there’s no greater feeling than switching them out to a comfy snow boot for après-ski drinks. These faux fur-trimmed lovelies by Sorel will make you feel like you’re walking on a cloud and keep your feet warm and dry thanks to the soft microfleece lining and seam-sealed construction. But for us, it’s about the sleek metallic silver and 1 6/7-inch platform heel with seriousness on the snow tread.