I first started skiing several years ago so I knew it was time to invest in some quality ski clothes, especially now that we live full-time in Park City. If you’re a first-time skier, I know how overwhelming it can be in getting all the appropriate gear to stay warm and comfortable. Or even if you’re just looking to refresh your old ski clothes, this post will hopefully be helpful for you to prepare for your next ski trip.
You can do less layers, but I am cold-natured and would rather feel hot than cold while skiing, and I never get hot with all these layers unless it is a warm spring day (40 and above).
What to Wear Skiing:
Base Layer –
- Base Layer Top: I love this top for layering, and it really helps keep your body warmth in which is so important when it’s really cold. I wear a small and I love it so much I bought it in two colors.
- Another Base Layer Top: I love the material on this option… it feels like a soft t-shirt instead of a dri-fit workout top. I wear a small in this one as well.
- Base Layer Bottoms: Lululemon align leggings (I wear the 25″ length, size 2) are an absolute favorite legging of mine. I wear them for almost everything, not just skiing! They fit perfectly under ski pants.
Second Layer –
- I rotate between these three options linked below for my second layer. I like having an extra layer between my base layer and jacket when it’s super cold. On warmer days it isn’t needed!
Third Layer –
- I sometimes add this lightweight puffer if it’s -20 degrees out on snow days. Plus it always feels colder up on the slopes so you can never be too prepared when it’s extra cold.
Ski Jacket –
- My ski jacket is definitely a splurge but is 100% worth it. You definitely want to invest in quality pieces that will last AND keep you warm, especially if you ski a lot!
- This coat is great for walking around if you aren’t skiing. I love the longer length to keep your entire body warm.
Ski Pants –
- My newest pair of ski pants have been a great purchase! They come in so many colors too… I got them in red. I’ve linked two other options for ski pants below too.
Cold Weather Accessories to Keep Warm While Skiing –
- Mittens: I prefer mittens over gloves because I find that they keep my hands warmer.
- Heated Socks: These are pricey, but so so worth it! They’ll keep your feet unbelievably warm and toasty. It comes with a rechargeable battery and you can easily adjust the heat to your liking. When washing, it says hang to dry, but you can put them in the dryer and they will be fine.
- Ski Mask: I initially said I would never wear one of these, but it gets SO cold and it covers and keeps your face warm. There are ones that just go around your neck, but I found that this one actually stays on. This one comes in a ton of colors/patterns, but I went with the tried and true black color.
- Socks: I wear these socks with my ski boots after skiing. I like that they don’t go up too high and are still warm enough to wear when you’re outside!
Apres Ski Boots –
- Sorel is a favorite winter boot brand of mine. I own several different pairs and can assure you that they are all amazing quality for hiking or walking around in the cold and snow. I linked three pairs below that are all great options.
Keep in mind, I am cold-natured so I was fine wearing these extra layers in the winter (not during the spring), but I know some people would be fine without 1 or 2 of these layers.
How to Dress Kids for Skiing:
Kids Ski Layers –
- The base layer is so important ! This one comes in a 3-pack.
- Fleece Pullover: The fleece goes over the base layer. The boys only wear 2 layers. They don’t wear their puffer jackets also like I do.
Kids Ski Jacket & Pants –
- Ski Jacket & Ski Pants: This brand is high end but holds up better than any other we have bought for the boys. It is also very warm. There are all different color pants that coordinate with the jackets.
Kids Ski Accessories –
Park City has fun slopes and skiing is a great family activity, but there is also a ton more to do in the winter there as well! Read my Park City Winter Guide for all the best things to do and places to visit 🙂