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What to wear under your ski jacket

After making sure you have the best ski jacket, you’ll want to make sure you get a warm and comfy base layer to keep you toasty on the slopes. In fact, what you wear under your ski or snowboard jacket is just as important as your outwear.

It’ll keep you warm on cold days and give you mobility for when you hit the more challenging stuff. (Of course you’ll also want to make sure you know what to wear under you ski pants too).

I always think slim fitting clothing is best—and adding additional layers to these is the best way to bundle up on the really frigid days out there. Good base layers and long underwear should serve you a few seasons, and often can be worn for summer hikes etc.

Hot Chillys

I have long sworn by Hot Chillys as my favored brand of base layers and long underwear for skiing. The microfleece pull-over was a longtime standby, as well as a sleek, body fitting long sleeved shirt.

>>Check out Hot Chillys Pepper Skins Women’s Solid Crewneckand other Hot Chillys styles

Under Armour

Another well-known maker of base layers, Under Amour is a good choice for something to wear under you ski jacket. Especially for aggressive skiers who often find themselves sweating on the slopes, this brand is a good choice.

>>Check out Under Armour® ColdGear® Long – sleeved Crewand other Under Armour styles

North Face

A prominent brand in ski and outdoor gear, North Face is known for its high quality (albeit expensive) gear. The North Face XTC line of base layers is certainly very nice and sure to be both warm and comfortable.

>>Check out and The North Face Women’s Pemberton 1/4Zip Topother North Face styles

Polar Max

The PolarMax double layer thermal top is stretchy, comfy and bacterial and odor resistant. All without breaking the bank (under $30).

>>Check out PolarMAX Tall Man Midweight Acclimate Thermal Crew Neck

Helly Hansen

The Ekolab half-zip is made from superfine New Zealand merino wool and protects the planet with Polatex eko fleece made with 70% recycled material, and protects you from the planet’s coldest climates.

>>Check out Helly Hansen Women’s Ekolab Mid-Layer Half Zip


For your base base layer (the layer under your other base layers), you can’t do much better than a silk layer. The Terramar is made from a filament jersey silk that’s a versatile knit fabric. The shirt maximizes silk’s superb body-insulating ability. It’s lightweight yet incredibly strong—the silk jersey knit is super soft with a natural stretch that’ll keep you comfy all day. It’s the ideal, luxurious base layer.

>>Check out Terramar Women’s Thermasilk Scoop Neck Top