What Do I Wear Skiing?

What Do I Wear Skiing?
If you find yourself planning a ski trip but are not sure what to wear, there are a few things to remember. First, be sure to dress in layers, so if you do get hot, you simply can slip a layer off. Also, wear clothing that doesn't restrict your movement, and, when shopping for clothing, look for fabrics that will wick moisture away from you to keep you dry.

Base Layer

The first layer to wear when skiing is a base layer of thin clothing that fits close to your body but won't constrict your movements. Consider synthetic fabrics that will wick moisture away from your body and keep you dry. This is extremely important, as wet clothing next to your skin will make you feel even colder when you're out on the slopes, not to mention extremely uncomfortable as well.

Thermal Layer

The second layer you will need is a thermal layer that will keep the heat in. For this layer, look for synthetic fabrics that again will keep moisture away from the skin but also will keep you warm. Consider fleece sweatshirts and sweat pants to go under shell ski pants.

Protective Layer

The protective layer is the final layer of clothing you will need. The protective layer will need to be both windproof and waterproof. You can choose either pants and jackets that have insulation or you can choose ones that are not insulated and are basically just a shell fabric to keep the water off you. This will depend on your activities and the environment that you're skiing in. If you happen to be skiing during record low temperatures, you might appreciate having a ski jacket and pants with extra insulation.


To stay completely warm, you will need to protect the delicate parts of your body that will still be exposed to the cold. Perhaps most important, you will need a hat or helmet to keep your head warm. The human body loses most heat through the head, so this is essential. You also should consider ski goggles on very cold days. Other essential items are gloves or mittens to keep your hands warm and proper ski socks that will wick away sweat when you're skiing to keep your feet dry.

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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