Top winter sportswear
Top layers: Ski jackets
Ski jackets need to keep you warm without restricting movement, so look for waterproof shells, fleece linings, Velcro-secured cuffs to keep the powder out and underarm zips to cool you off on warmer days. Sealed seams add durability, and a jacket made with Gore-Tex provides lightweight weatherproofing.
Top layers: Snowboarding jackets
Anyone even casually into either skiing or snowboarding knows that the attire for each can look radically different. Snowboarding wear skews way more casual -- sometimes loud with prints or bright colors, and decidedly not “sleek.” Jackets can be insulated with puffy down, and sometimes waterproofed with Gore-Tex membranes.
Top layers: Parkas
If you like the style of a parka (faux-fur-finished hoods and cuffs are on-trend), consider something short and trim for skiing, or long and more luxe for après-ski. The most versatile come with buttoned or zipped removable linings so you can easily customize the warmth factor.
Top layers: Ski vests
Ski vests add versatility. Wear a down-puffed vest over a simple fleece jacket for spring skiing, or layer it under a heavier jacket for extra insulation during the depths of winter. Contoured-fit vests and lighter jackets work well under bulkier layers if you’ll be adding a coat to stay extra-toasty.
Bottom layers: Ski pants
Your lower half should be as warm as your upper, and your gear should offer just as much freedom of movement. But you don’t have to sacrifice sporty sleekness. Ski pants can be waterproof, breathable, properly insulated and fiercely fashionable all at once. (Slim-fit bottoms are the most flattering and best for milder spring skiing.)
Bottom layers: Snowboarding pants
Bottom layers: Ski bibs
Ski bibs (aka snow bibs) are a sort of hybrid ski pant. Some sport slender shoulder straps, while others look more like a full set of overalls. They may not be as easy to get into and out of as a pair of conventional ski pants, but they help keep snow from getting beneath clothing.
Bottom layers: Snow gaiters
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If you love carving fresh powder, snow gaiters are a must. These clever covers help prevent slush and snow from getting inside the hems of pants or down your boots. They can also be used again when hiking or snowshoeing to protect other footwear from dicey conditions.
Base layers: Base layer tops
You don’t want to go shredding or tackle that new downhill run without a few essential extras. Base layer tops provide a foundation of warmth and comfort and can be simple and relatively inexpensive. Avoid cotton, which tends to retain moisture, and opt instead for polyester materials such as Coolmax and Polartec.
Base layers: Base layer bottoms
Keep your bottom line cozy with thin but insulating leg layers. Manmade materials do a stellar job, but merino wool is also a great moisture-wicking option if you prefer the natural stuff. Look for flat-lock seams for an especially smooth feel and antimicrobial materials to reduce odor.