Ski Layer Guide

Ski Layer Guide

If you’re looking for an excuse to hit the slopes, there’s no better time than now to pack up your beach towels and head for the mountains. Before you go, don’t forget to prepare your wardrobe for something much colder than the beach.

A good outer layer is critical for staying dry and warm, but what you wear under your shell is just as important. You want to make sure that your inner layers wick away sweat and trap heat so you can stay comfortable.

Base Layers

Thin base layers make versatile garments you can use for all kinds of layering. Put on a soft, breathable jersey fabric that keeps heat in and moisture out before you stack on your other gear.

This will ensure that none of the cold will slip in against your skin. These types of fabrics stay relatively odor free, so you can wear it more than once before you have to wash it. Maintenance on these garments is easy, so you can focus on comfort and fun.


Leggings that are lightweight and tight fitting help you keep your range of motion while still trapping heat and keeping the cold out. Soft, thermo-conducting coatings absorb your body heat and maintain that temperature, so you generate your own heat. The quick dry exterior keeps moisture out and stays dry, so you’re comfortable all day.

Leggings double as chic and classy pants for any occasion. Pack an extra pair that you can dress up for an evening on the town or a cozy cuddle sesh at the movies.


Vests are an excellent solution for wearing over your base layer and under your shell. They protect your core and keep it warm, but give your arms the range of motion they need to navigate the slopes. Vests with zippered pockets are the perfect place to store your valuables.

Vests are also stylish options for your after-skiing dinner date. Dress up your travel wear with a fur-lined vest to keep you toasty and glamorous. Pair it with the fantastic leggings we just talked about, and you’ll be snug and dry.


Fleece is the perfect material for mid layers because it traps heat and stays dry. Your outer layers are meant to keep snow out, but that doesn’t mean you won’t sweat or take a tumble. If you happen to get wet, fleece will keep you warm.

Fleece is lightweight, so it doesn’t add much substance, and it’s soft, so you’ll stay comfortable. It also naturally repels odors, so you can get by with just one or two items for your entire trip.

Fleece is also a great pullover jacket for cold weather, keeping you warm when you grab your morning coffee or take a break from skiing to get a snack.

These layers are optional but highly recommended to keep you warm, dry, and comfortable. They’re all versatile enough to wear more than once and in more situations than just snow sports. Make your purchase worthwhile by choosing something stylish and functional.

Jared Hendrix
My name is Kayla Brake. I'm a licensed Esthetician and makeup artist that has been in the beauty industry for over 10 years. I love my work and want to share my experience with others.

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