If you don’t have the right clothing, your day on the slopes will be a bust. Stay warm and safe with this complete list.
Sure, you can grab a football and simply run outside to play. But when it comes to other cold weather sports, there’s tons and tons of special clothing and gear that’s needed just to get going. Hockey gear practically needs its own room in the house. Now, what about ski gear? Even though most gear is rented at the mountain (including ski boots, skis, poles, and a helmet), there’s still a big list of clothing that’s needed when skiing to stay warm and safe. If you don’t know where to begin, here’s the complete list.
It really pays to get the right items. Although special clothing can add up, skiing isn’t a cheap sport, and if you don’t feel comfortable because you skipped one item from the list below and your face or hands are cold, then your whole day could be a waste (or you might end up spending much more to buy the item at the ski lodge’s shop!).
Note that I only had to outfit three boys for a ski trip; I mostly included links that are relevant for boys, although similar items would be available for any member of the family.
Tops and Bottoms:
“Hot Chillys” thermal base layer. This is the first thing that should go on, under all your clothing. Even though we call this layer “Hot Chillys” in my house, you really don’t need the brand name version to be warm. Here’s a great option for affordable thermal base layers for boys (they’re also available in 2-packs). Here’s the same thing for men. Also available for women and girls.
Sweatpants. These will be worn over the base layer.
The next layer. I ordered these pants for all my boys. There’s no size guide on the listing. Leave yourself time to buy and exchange in case pants don’t fit. For reference, an XS is a 4/5, S is a 7/8, M is a 10/12 and L is 14/16.
A Cotton Long Sleeved T-Shirt. Also worn over the base later.
Warm Fleece Sweatshirt.
Your kids probably already have one of these in their drawers. If not, our personal favs are the Sherpa-Lined Hoodie from Landsend or a similar one from Abercrombie. (Be sure to use coupon codes on both sites).
If you’re not skiing often, then you’re probably not buying a special “ski coat” and your warm puffer or parka will do. Coats that are made for skiing are actually thin while being really warm. The brand Wantdo has well-priced options for the whole family.
For Your Feet:
This should be a good quality snow boot. Although your foot will be in an actual ski boot when you’re skiing, if your foot gets wet when you’re walking around outdoors in the snow, it can ruin the day. Sorel boots are the best choice if you’ll be spending lots of time in the snow, or Target has a good selection of lower-priced options.
I ordered these socks and also these last year and the kids loved them so much, they wanted to keep wearing them after the ski trip was done! Ski socks are so super cozy and they help keep the foot warm. You’ll need two pairs per person so there’s a backup available in case one pair does get wet.
On Your Head & Hands:
Ski Mask/Hat. The head needs a lot of protection while skiing, and that starts with the ski mask. Here’s one for kids and for grownups. Your ski mask will also cover the “hat” category. The hat that’s attached to the mask is thin enough to fit under a ski helmet.
Another must-have for the head. We have a bunch of these, which fit a range of sizes.
Don’t just take any winter gloves from your closet. They need to be special for skiing. Your hands will get wet when you’re skiing, and if your gloves don’t resist the wet and cold, you’ll just be miserable. These gloves are the most popular for boys and these gloves are perfect for adults.
Finally, this isn’t an article of clothing but you’ll love having Little Hotties around!