Ski Apparel Do’s & Don’ts

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So, you’re gearing up for a day on the slopes, and think you’re ready for whatever the adventure might bring? We’re sure that’s true, but as gear junkies ourselves, we understand that clothing mishaps can make or break a day outside. That’s why we’re here with a few last minute reminders to make sure that you’re ready for whatever the day might bring. Let’s dive in. 


While you might think of ski gear as well, your skis, boots and poles, what you wear on your body is just as important as what you put on your feet. Keep the following tips in mind to make the most of your day on the mountain.

Layer Up

Even if it might not seem like a frigid, layer-worthy day right outside your door, factors such as elevation and wind will make the weather feel much colder than it did at the lodge– and fast. 

That’s why it’s important to dress in layers, starting with a moisture-wicking base layer, adding an insulating middle layer (like fleece or wool), and finishing with a waterproof and windproof outer layer (think: your ski jacket). You’ll thank us later. 

Wear Quality Ski Socks

While your favorite hiking socks might fit under your ski boots, we always recommend opting for socks specifically designed for skiing or snowboarding for the best fit as the day wears on. This is especially important for skiers who experience issues with circulation in their feet, as ski socks are thin enough to prevent the bulk that interferes with proper circulation, while warm enough to keep your feet comfortable. 

Remember, even though it might feel tempting to double up on socks to keep your feet warm, this actually reduces circulation while potentially causing blisters from excess rubbing. 

Protect Your Extremities

Sure, your stylish wool gloves might be perfect for your apres-ski activities, but on the slopes? They’re not likely to cut it. Opt for a quality pair of waterproof gloves to protect your hands from cold, wind, and any icy falls you might experience. 

On especially cold days, we recommend layering up to protect your head and neck from the elements as well by throwing a helmet liner on under your helmet and wearing a neck gaiter or balaclava to keep your nose warm on exposed chair lifts and frigid downhills.

Choose Goggles Over Sunglasses

While sunglasses might be tempting, we always advise investing in a quality pair of ski goggles, as they provide better protection against wind, snow, and UV rays– and will fit better with your ski helmet.

Prioritize Fit

Before heading out the door, make sure that your ski gear isn’t too loose or too tight. Clothes that are too tight can restrict movement, while gear that’s too loose can let in cold air or get caught on ski lifts, other gear, or tree branches, posing a safety hazard.


When getting ready for a day on the mountain, it's just as important to know what not to do as it is to know what to do. Avoiding the following common pitfalls can save you from all-day discomfort– and potential safety risks. Learn from our mistakes by keeping the following “don'ts” in mind, and you'll be on your way to a more enjoyable day.

Wear Cotton Close to the Skin

We all have (and love) a favorite cotton tee. But when dressing for a day on the slopes, toss it back in your closet in favor of a synthetic or wool baselayer. Cotton absorbs moisture and can make you cold and wet, making it a less-than-ideal material for skiing and snowboarding. 

Wear ​​Bulky Clothing

On the surface, ski jackets and pants might seem bulky compared to items like leggings or a synthetic base layer– but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Outer layers such as ski jackets and ski pants are intentionally designed to fit snugly around your waist and shoulders while leaving room for base and mid-layers, rather than restricting your mobility with a bulky fit. 

Choose outer layers that are warm yet streamlined. If you’re in need of additional support or a more customized fit around your waist, be sure to throw on one of our elastic ski belts

Forget Sunscreen

Even on cloudy days, UV rays can be strong, especially at higher altitudes. Introduce sunscreen into your morning routine before heading out to the mountain to protect your skin from both direct sunlight and sun reflecting off of the snow.


Overheating can be as problematic as being too cold. While we always advocate for being prepared, there’s no reason to overheat in the morning, and then for your sweat to cause you to freeze later on in the day. Adjust your layers according to changes in the weather and your activity level by leaving unwanted layers in the lodge.

From your socks to your goggles, every piece of gear plays a role in making your day on the slopes comfortable and safe. As outdoor belt fantacts, we can’t help but mention a vital component to your ski wardrobe, in our humble opinion: a ski pants belt

A high-quality belt for ski pants offers the perfect blend of flexibility and support, making sure your snow pants are snug without restricting movement. This means that you can make sharp turns and tackle new-to-you terrain all day long without constantly adjusting your gear. 

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