Whether you are a beginner or a slope expert, the benefits of high-performance gear will do wonders in keeping you feeling warm, fresh and ready to take on that mountain. Below is a list of gear that will keep you covered from head to toe so you can focus less on the elements and more on the ride.
Head to Toe Top Picks
Highlights: Lightweight, moisture wicking, and (gasp!) anti-microbial to help prevent unwanted odors
The SmartWool Pattern Cuffed Beanie is a double layer beanie hat made from 100% Interlock Knit Merino Wool. The SC181 Pattern Cuffed Beanie helps wick moisture away as you sweat, so you stay dry and comfortable when active. The SmartWool beanie showcases anti-microbial construction to eliminate unwanted odors and ensure freshness making it ideal for everyday use. The NTS Mid 250 Pattern Cuff Beanie Hat features a SmartWool logo and is REVERSIBLE for even more flexibility and wear.
Highlights: Seriously functional and seriously warm – all while looking seriously stylish
Don’t be fooled by the appearance of SmartWool’s Ski Town Hat. The Ski Town hat might look playful and unassuming, by the 50% premium Merino Wool content and substantial heavy gauge cable knit means this hat will keep your head seriously warm. The Ski Town hat has an exterior rib roll-cuff for fit versatility. Don’t be caught in Ski Town without your hat!
Highlights: Unfussy protection
SmartWool’s 100% Merino Neck Gaiter will keep your neck warm and dry and is as unfussy as they come. The SC953 Neck Gaiter is made from SmartWool’s premium Merino Wool, so it is uber-efficient at managing moisture and body temp. Never itchy, washer and dryer safe, and now in hip colors and prints, the SC953 Neck Gaiter from SmartWool is the perfect accessory for any blistery day or night.
Highlights: Good Value, Great for layering
The Women’s Midweight Zip T is made of SmartWool’s warmest NTS (Next to Skin) fabric. Good value for your money, this 230 g. (8.1 oz.) thermal is exceptionally warm when layered-up. With all of the benefits Merino Wool has to offer, this top works hard to keep you warm and dry. The Women’s Midweight Zip T features flatlock seam construction to eliminate chafing when wearing a pack. For the Solid version, search SW0NP221.
Highlights: Good Value, Great for layering
The Men’s Midweight Pattern Crew is made of SmartWool’s warmest NTS (Next to Skin) fabric. Good value for your money, this 255 g. (9 oz.) thermal is exceptionally warm when layered-up. With all of the benefits Merino Wool has to offer, this top works hard to keep you warm and dry. The Men’s Midweight Crew features flatlock seam construction to eliminate chafing.
Naturally anti-microbial merino yarn helps keep you stink-free. Layer the NTS Mid Crew, or wear on it’s own. The Men’s NTS Mid 250 Pattern Crew is slim-fit, so it won’t bunch under your second layer. With all of the benefits Merino Wool has to offer, this top works hard to keep you warm and dry. The NP601 Men’s NTS Midweight Pattern Crew features flatlock seam construction to eliminate chafing.
Highlights: Seriously warm, windproof, and waterproof!
Keep your fingers toasty on the mountain with these Hestra mittens. The Moon Light Mitt is designed for skiers who demand warm hands on a ski trip and a high-quality glove both inside and out. Outer material is windproof, waterproof and breathable. The lining is brushed polyester and insulation is made of Primaloft. Hestra makes the warmest gloves on the planet and even backs it up with a lifetime guarantee.
Highlights: Multi-functional and touchscreen friendly!
Grab the Stagecoach Glove when fall days turn chilly. A leather palm and fingers make the Merino-lined Stagecoach glove ideal for handling poles, tools, rope or firewood. Great for on and off the slopes. Better yet, they are touchscreen-friendly.
Highlights: Extra support, comfort, and warmth
The Darn Tough Mens HOJO Over the Calf Cushion Socks are the sock of choice for serious skiers. This burly, all-mountain performance sock has the perfect amount of cushioning along the bottom of the foot for extra support and comfort. Over-The-Calf height is ideal for skiing and riding in deep conditions while fine gauge Merino Wool provides legendary warmth without the bulk.
All Darn Tough Ski socks have Merino wool, reinforced heel and toe, and ring toe construction for a comfortable invisible seam. These socks are truly tough and the company backs up its word with an unconditional lifetime guarantee.
Highlights: Warmth without wool
Fox River’s Bromley LW (Lightweight) Ski sock is great snow sock option for folks with a sensitivity to, or dislike of, Wool. Bromley sock’s Thermolite Polyester works to keep feet warm, and dry, without Wool. Gentle compression (unrated) helps improve circulation and combats foot and leg swelling while aiding post-ski recovery. The Bromley’s lightweight, yet warm sock frame fits comfortably in snug ski boots. Like all Fox River Socks, the Bromley Lightweight sock is proudly made in Osage, Iowa.
Highlights: Comfort, warmth, and durability. Designed with professional skiers in mind
SmartWool approached professional skiers and snowboarders from around the world for help designing the perfect sock for snow sports. The results include these stylish PhD Slopestyle gems that are guaranteed to get you through a mixed-bag of mountain conditions in style.
Medium-Full Cushion protects you from boot burn and helps keep you warm. Indestructawool technology means outstanding durability.
Highlights: Flashy styles and additional cushioning
Park days can take their toll on your feet so Stance created a snow collection dedicated to lessening the fatigue of Park riding. What’s the difference? Additional cushioning (you are welcome). Don’t worry, the Stance Now snow sock packs just as much warmth, technology, and style as their other snow socks.
Highlights: 15-20 mmHG Compression for quick recovery
Sockwell’s Graduated Compression Medium Cushion Ski Socks are accepted by the American Podiatric Medical Association. Designed to be the perfect companion while on the slopes the SW15M Ski Medium sock helps keep your feet dry and warm, prevents blisters, and is cushioned where you need it. 15-20 mmHG Compression rating ensures you recover quickly and keeps swelling at bay. No-Bind Toe Box and Seamless Toe Closure help ensure a comfortable, long-wearing fit inside your ski or snowboard boots.