A Beginners’ Guide – What to Wear When Skiing

Have you just booked your first luxury chalet rental and are unsure of what to wear when skiing? Whether you’re off to Val d’Isere, Verbier or Morzine, what to wear is as much a part of planning your holiday as choosing a chalet.

Choosing the right ski attire is a very important decision, and having all the right kit for the conditions is key. Here we’ve compiled the perfect list of what clothes you need for skiing and what ski gear you need to get ready to hit the snow. 

From safety to style, whether you need outfit inspiration for racing down the slopes or a stylish outfit for apres-ski, this guide is all you need to be perfectly prepared for your luxury ski holiday.

What to wear this winter

Your Essential Ski Packing List

Wolly hat – For when you stop for lunch or a glass of rose at apres ski.

Goggles – These are far better for your eyes than sunglasses as they’re great in snowy and windy conditions or foggy light and perfect for when you pick up speed on a red run!

Sunglasses – Perfect for apres-ski and catching some rays during a vin chaud stop or a long lazy lunch.

Helmet – Not the most stylish of items, but oh so essential! You can hire a helmet from any equipment hire shop or bring one with you in your hand luggage. These are required in most resorts now and in Italy children under 14 years of age must wear a helmet. Ski schools and winter travel insurance providers may also require you to have a helmet, so it really is best to have one, just in case.

Thermal base Layers – Thermals have taken a seriously stylish U-turn and are essential when you’re getting ready to hit the slopes. Once hidden under jackets at apres ski, these have now been given a facelift with cool graphic prints and are a must for any fashion-conscious skier. 

Mid-layers – Retro jumpers emblazoned with ski motifs and turtle necks have made a comeback but a technical mid-layer fleece is just as useful. Comfort is key!

Ski socks – It’s worth investing in a really good pair of ski socks, you’ll be in your boots all day and socks need to be specially designed to be breathable and withstand the elements.

Scarf of snood – A snood, scarf or even a fur-lined balaclava will help keep you stay safe from the sun and wind. Whatever you choose it’s best to stay safe from the elements than follow the latest slopeside style. 

Gloves – Whether you’re into mittens or gloves these need to be waterproof and offer dexterity. Clips and zips are useful for ease of movement and can be clipped together when the lively apres-ski parties kick in.

Suncream – This truly is one of the most essential items to take with you and is expensive to source whilst away. Don’t forget to apply and reapply throughout your ski day.

Lipbalm – Don’t underestimate the power of the sun, even on duller days. Lips can become dry and cracked and a good lip balm like Piz Buin mountain or the Elizabeth Arden eight-hour protective stick with SPF 15 is a must-have. 

Backpack or Camel back – Not an essential item but a backpack or camel back is the perfect place to keep your camera or phone safe. Tuck away an extra layer of clothing, sunglasses, wallets and keys. It’s also always a good idea to have water and sugary snacks with you to keep your blood-sugar level up.

Phone safe – The cold can affect your phone, think about keeping it in your pocket near your body heat or buy an extra thick protective cover. A stretch bungee cord is also great for preventing it from tumbling out of your pocket on a chairlift. 

Snowboots – Prevent icy accidents with shearling-lined sneakers or keep toes toasty with retro-style moon boots. Your chalet driver may even be happy to deliver your snow boots to apres-ski for you, bliss!


We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our handy skiing clothing guide, for more information on what to wear to ski and how to get ahead with the latest ski trends and fashion take a look at our Fashion on the Slopes blog.


Don’t forget if you are looking for somewhere to stay we have a whole host of fabulous Luxury Ski Chalets on our website, so please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are waiting with plenty of knowledge and inspiration to help you organise your dream luxury ski holiday.


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Blog written by Anna Sampson  – Director at The Chalet Edit 
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