How to Dress For a Day On The Slopes

Text by: Kelsey Begg

Arc’teryx, Icebreaker, Kari Traa, Norrona, Oakley, Patagonia, POC, Ski & Snowboard, Smartwool, The North Face. How to Dress For a Day On The Slopes

With Halloween behind us and the next holiday on the horizon being Christmas, it’s time to start planning Christmas holidays for the family. For some a staycation is the perfect Christmas holiday and allows you to either relax and enjoy your own home or get caught up on things around the house that you’ve been putting off for weeks and maybe even months.

For those planning family vacations for the Christmas holidays, if you’re not headed somewhere south to catch some sun and start the new year with a solid sunburn and some wicked photos of all the tropical sunsets you saw, you’re probably headed to the mountains.

Heading to the Mountains for the Holidays

Who doesn’t love a family ski trip? If the kids are old enough, you can pop them into ski or snowboard lessons for the morning so you can have some alone time on the hill and find all the secret powder stashes. Once the kids are finished with their lessons, if they’re legs have a little bit more energy in them, you can head to the chairlift for a few more runs and see what they learnt.

If you’re a skiing veteran, packing for a day on the hill has become second nature. If you’re not, well packing for a day on the hill can be frazzling and have you thinking a day cruising through the shops and sipping hot cocktails on the patios by the patio heaters is way better. But! When you’ve come all this way and have already decided this year is the year you try skiing or snowboarding for the first time, this packing list will help you defrazzle.

Layering Up

Dressing in layers is essential to an enjoyable day on the hill. Starting with your base layers and socks, you can layer up according to the outside temperatures. It’s always best to check the weather forecast and temperatures before you venture out, this way you won’t have any unpleasant surprises and can ensure you’re dressed appropriately.

Proper Equipment & Gear

Having adequate gear is important not only for your comfort, but for safety too. If you use a pair of gardening gloves because you don’t want to buy ski gloves or mitts, you may risk blowing your whole day because you lose feeling in your fingers within the first hour.

Choosing the appropriate goggles are essential too. Different goggle lenses are ideal for different conditions. If you’re skiing on a cloudy and grey day but have your fire iridium lens for bright blue skied, sunny days, you’re going to have a heck of a time trying to see.



The Apparel & Gear for Her

The products are listed in the numerical order as they are shown on the above photo:

  1. Icebreaker Ski+ Ultra Light OTC Icon Fairisle
  2. The North Face Free Thinker Jacket
  3. The North Face FuseForm Brigandine 3L Pants
  4. Kari Traa Rett Long John
  5. Oakley Flight Deck
  6. Arc’teryx Fission Mitten
  7. POC Receptor Backcountry MIPS Helmet
  8. Kari Traa Rett Half Size
  9. Arc’teryx Quintic 27
  10. Patagonia Down Jacket



The Apparel & Gear for Him

The products are listed in the numerical order as they are shown on the above photo:

    1. Arc’teryx Procline Ski Carbon Lite Boot
    2. Arc’teryx Rush Jacket
    3. The North Face Summit L1 Pant
    4. Arc’teryx Alpha SV Bib
    5. Oakley Flight Deck XM
    6. Norrøna Lofoten Dri1 PrimaLoft400 Short Mitts
    7. Smith Optics Variance MIPS Helmet
    8. Smartwool PhD Ski Medium Pattern
    9. The North Face Summit L1 Top
    10. The North Face Summit 50L Pack
    11. Patagonia Down Jacket


With the list above, you can easily make yourself a check list for what you need for a day on the hill. There are multiple brands to choose from so the wardrobe options are endless! The list above is more to give an idea of what particular gear you should be looking for to complete your look for a day on the hill.

Once you’re dressed for some skiing or boarding and have your equipment, you’re ready for a day on the slopes! Remember, that even if you may look the part, you must still exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings and other skiers and boarders enjoying the snow with you.

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