I just got back from the most epic ski trip to Breckenridge, Colorado and had an absolute blast! I can’t wait to share my Breckenridge travel guide, but first I wanted to share some details on what to wear on a ski trip. After all, isn’t dressing for the slopes and après ski half the fun?!
Picking the right ski clothing to wear not only gives you an extra dose of confidence (necessary if it’s your first time on skis!), but helps to keep you safe, warm, and comfortable while you hit the slopes. If you’re struggling with what to pack for a ski trip, I’ve got you covered. Today I’m sharing a round up of cozy, colorful, and practical items to consider packing on your next ski trip for both on and off the slopes!
WHAT TO WEAR ON A SKI TRIP
Let’s start with the foundation – base layers! Base layers are typically a long sleeve shirt and leggings that are fitted and made of a moisture-wicking fabric to help keep you dry when you work up a sweat. Depending on the temperature of where you’re skiing, you can choose if you want lightweight or more heavyweight base layers. Gone are the days of basic black base layers, there are so many adorable ones to choose from!
I recommend wearing 1-2 additional layers over your base layer for added warmth – like a sweater, quarter zip, or fleece. I like a mid layer with a turtleneck or funnel neck for an extra dose of coziness. This is also often the layer you’ll rock during lunch or après drinks, so make sure it’s something you feel cute and comfortable in!
When it comes to ski jackets, you can typically choose between an insulated jacket or a shell. An insulated jacket, as the name implies, has a layer of built in insulation so it will be thicker and puffier. This will keep you warm and comfortable! A shell is a lighter weight, more flexible (and packable) jacket that is typically waterproof and meant to be worn over a few layers of insulated clothing. Consider the weather conditions and temperatures you’ll be skiing in when choosing a jacket. I always recommend trying to find something warm, waterproof, windproof, and with lots of pockets to stash things in! When it comes to ski trip packing, I usually opt to wear my ski jacket on the plane instead of packing it.
Just like ski jackets, ski pants also often come as either insulated or softshell. When choosing ski pants, it’s important to ensure the fit allows you to move around comfortably. I also like a ski pant with lots of pockets! Don’t forget to ensure your ski pants have snow gaiters that go over the top of your ski boot, this helps to protect against snow flying up and getting in your boots.
One alternative to ski pants are ski bibs, think of them as ski overalls. These are great for extra warmth and protection (less chance of snow ending up in your pants!). They also look cute layered over a turtleneck.
A ski suit is such an iconic, vintage inspired fashion moment on the slopes! Ditch the separates and combine your ski jacket and ski pants into one. Don’t forget to check the sizing to ensure you can still layer some base layers underneath for warmth.
When it comes to hand protection, you’re either a glove girlie or a mitten girlie. Mittens are nice because they keep your hands extra toasty because your fingers can share warmth. Gloves are great because they offer way more dexterity for readjusting your ski gear, zippers, etc. Personally I find mittens keep your hands warmer, but I recommend choosing a glove or mitten that is both insulated and waterproof!
All the cool ski girlies wear helmets, you heard it here! If you’re traveling for a ski trip and don’t want to bring your own, you can always rent a helmet along with your skis and poles.
Ski goggles are an essential part of your ski gear – from sunny days, to cloudy days, to snowy days. Most goggles will come with a couple sets of lenses to switch out depending on the weather conditions. Plus they offer extra warmth for your face and eyeballs!
For extra cold days on the mountain, you need a balaclava. This goes either under or over your helmet and basically keeps your hair out of your face, your head super warm, and the neck gaiter keeps your chin/mouth warm too!
Keeping your feet comfortable in your ski boots is often the difference between a short or long day on the slopes, so it’s important to invest in quality ski socks. Like your base layers, you should choose socks that are moisture wicking, so NO cotton! Merino wool or something synthetic are a good bet. Ski socks should fit snuggly, come up over your shins, and have some amount of padding.
For getting to and from the mountain, dinners, après ski, and exploring you definitely need to have a cute and practical pair of winter snow boots. There are tons of chic boots to choose from – I just recommend picking a pair that’s waterproof!
What’s a ski trip without a cute beanie? I like to stow this in my ski jacket while I’m on the slopes so I can put it on for lunch and après festivities.
When it’s a bluebird day on the mountain, sunglasses are crucial for between runs. Don’t leave these off your packing list!
What did we do before crossbody bags? I love to wear a crossbody under my ski jacket for extra storage – I stow sunglasses, lip balm, snacks, hand warmers, etc. in here and then never have to worry about going back to the ski resort or lodge to get my things.
6 Ski Trip Outfits
1. Colorful Ski Jacket and Ski Pants
2. Faux Leather Pants and Cashmere Sweater
Faux leather pants are a great alternative to denim or leggings, I love the look of them paired with a cropped cashmere sweater and chunky lugsole boots to trudge through the snow. Pair with a sherpa puffer and ribbed beanie.
3. Pink Ski Sweater
The way I NEED this pink vintage inspired ski sweater! I love the idea of pairing it with an all white ski jacket and ski pants to take you from the slopes directly to après ski. Pair with a chic and neutral winter boot and colorful ski goggles.
4. Sweatshirt and Leggings
5. Ski Sweater and Faux Leather Leggings
Another great après ski look. I love this pink and orange ski sweater, so chic! Pair with my favorite faux leather leggings and an eye-catching pink puffer jacket. My accessories of choice would be shearling earmuffs, my favorite sunglasses, and shearling lined lugsole winter boots.
6. Puffer Coat and Jeans
For a day of shopping and exploring, I would wear this ski cities sweater with a cozy green puffer (love that it’s lightweight enough to stuff into packing cubes) and my current favorite denim. Add these chic snow boots and adorable ski socks to complete the look!