Base Layer Clothing

Dressing in layers is essential on any cold ski day. On the top of the mountain, it may be windy and cold, and you need to be prepared for this. You can always remove a layer if the sun comes out and warms up the mountain, but if not, layers are sure to keep you warm. Dressing in layers is key to staying warm on any day of skiing.

The first layer you will need to wear is your long underwear (a shirt and pants). Old "long-johns" made out of cotton, wool, or flannel will not keep you comfortable on the slopes. Instead, Breathable under-layers that wick perspiration away from your body and eliminate that cold, clammy feeling are excellent, and they are available at many stores for inexpensive prices.

Mid-Layer Clothing

The next layer is your mid-layer, an insulating layer. For this layer, you can wear anything from a sweater, a turtleneck, or an insulating shirt designed to keep you warm or comfortable without adding extra weight. Some skiers choose to wear vests, and some skiers choose sweatshirts as an insulating layer. Whatever you choose, make sure that what you wear will keep you warm, as this layer is essential to keep you comfortabe.

Ski Attire: Optional Fleece Layer

Some skiers choose to wear a fleece layer under their ski jacket. This layer isn't always fleece - sometimes, it is a warm "soft-shell" jacket. This layer isn't necessary, but it will keep you warm on days that are especially cold or windy.

Ski Attire: Outer Layer

A ski jacket and ski pants are your most expensive layer, but they are also your most important layer. A ski jacket will protect you from the elements, and you have many jacket styles to choose from. The two main jacket styles are insulated jackets and shell jackets. Insulated jackets will not only shield you from wind, snow, and rain, but they are will keep you warm and comfortable. Shell jackets will shield you from harsh elements, but they are not insulated so they will not keep you as warm as insulated jackets.

Ski pants are also available in insulated or shell styles, and are essential for keeping you completely warm and comfortable.