What to Wear When You Go Skiing, So You Stay Warm and Dry

Okay, now I'm ready to hit the slopes.

Design by Morgan McMullen

You've booked your ski trip—a cabin, good friends, and some hot chocolate...winter bliss. Now, it's time to get down to business: what to pack. Before you even hit the slopes, you'll want to suit up properly in warm and waterproof gear. Not sure where to find such things? We've got you. Here's a narrowed-down packing list including only the most important items, from a high-tech jacket to ultra-cozy gloves, and where to buy them. (There's even a Fendi ski helmet in here, if you want to be fancy.) Once you're done shopping, reward yourself with an Après cocktail.

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A Waterproof Jacket

Columbia insulated jacket, $170


If you're going to spend a few hours on the slope, tumbling around in the snow, you need a waterproof jacket. Columbia makes an affordable one for just $170 that will repel water and keep you warm, thanks to the synthetic fiber insulation. The jacket also has zippered pockets for your wallet and knitted cuff sleeves for extra comfort around the wrist.

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A Thermal Pullover

Icebreaker hooded pullover, $180


Layering is key for staying comfortable in the mountains. This pullover can be worn over a tank top and under jacket, then taken off if you're feeling toasty indoors. The quilted pattern also has a secret function: it regulates your temperature by trapping and releasing body heat. Whoops...I guess that's not a secret anymore.

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A Cheeky Sweater

The Great Alpine Ski sweater, $295


Done skiing for the day? Slip on this sweater and sit in front of the fireplace with a hot toddy in hand. It's on-theme and can even be worn back at home with jeans and booties. I love the vintage feel and bold lettering, since it sends a clear message to everyone that you enjoy the sport (even if, let's admit, you're better at the après part).

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A Ski Jumpsuit

Moncler Stirrup ski jumpsuit, $685


This Moncler ski jumpsuit takes the hassle out of layering on multiple pairs of fleece leggings and thermal shirts. The one-piece is made from a stretch fabric that allows you to move freely to practice your ski tricks, while the fleece lining insulates your entire body for extra-long days on the slopes. Though the jumpsuit is a bit pricey, for aficionados with season passes, it's worth the splurge.

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An Affordable Pair of Ski Pants

Columbia storm pants, $36


First time skiers looking for affordable ski pants: Scoop up these basic bottoms. They're only $36 and come in a simple, stretch-waistband design. Ski-approved features include waterproof technology, breathable fabric, and a lightweight design. Wear with a long-sleeve sweater or hoodie and you're good to hit the slopes.

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A Luxe Pair of Ski Pants

Toni Sailer stirrup ski pants, $399


Toni Sailer's ski pants blur the line between fashion and function—they looks like a regular pair of leggings but have the technology of advanced ski gear. The bottoms are designed with a water-repellent fabric to keep ice out, while a proprietary lining keeps warmth in. Thanks to the tailored fit and a stirrup style, these pants are ultra stylish (honestly, I'd wear these even if I wasn't skiing).

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Leggings for Layering

Mammut long pants, $36


Double layering your pants is a solid idea, especially if we're talking single-digit temps. This slim-fit wool pair from Mammut has anti-odor properties (important if you plan to spend the whole day outdoors). Perfect for layering under a pair of waterproof ski pants or over your ski jumpsuit.

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A Knit Hat

Plush beanie, $66


A good helmet will keep your head warm (and safe) while skiing. When you take a break from the run, however, stay warm (and hide helmet hair) with a knitted beanie. This one will keep your head and ears toasty and looks ski-lodge chic. If you're not a hat person, give these furry earmuffs a try.

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A Two-Tone Scarf

& Other Stories scarf, $89


A scarf might not be the best idea when you actually ski, should it become tangled with your equipment. Instead, save it for when you hang out on the deck of your resort, sipping those après-ski drinks. This two-toned wool scarf from will keep you warm and snug and looking stylish as you take in the snow-covered scenery.

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A Pair of Gloves

Marmot gloves, $65


Gloves are necessary for ski trips, so don't forget to pack yours. This cute leather pair is not only machine washable, but also has grips on the fingers for better control. And that icy blue design has me ready for wintertime.

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A Pair of Ski Goggles

Fendi mirror goggles, $625


Avid skiers will want to invest in their own gear, and one of the most important pieces are goggles. This sporty pair features wide lenses with a blue tint. The label's name is stamped on the straps, lest you forget who makes these fashionable goggles.

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A Luxurious Ski Helmet

Fendi ski helmet, $1,290


Surprised fashion house Fendi makes ski helmets? Same. This ultra luxe piece is handcrafted in Italy and comes with a faux leather paneling with the label's name embossed down the center. While it's not the most practical piece—unless you ski every season and want to splurge—it is a beauty to look at.

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A Pair of Cozy Socks

Bombas snowboard socks, $24


These performance socks were designed by a professional snowboarder, so you can count on them to meet all your ski or snowboarding needs. They're made of merino wool and have built-in cushioning. Plus, there's a charitable aspect: for each pair of socks purchased, one pair is donated to homeless shelters.

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