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What To Wear Under Ski Pants

Skier going down an outdoor snow slope, wearing a blue coat and black ski pants

As with many different sports, having the right gear is essential to ensuring you perform to the best of your ability. When it comes to skiing, wearing the right clothing and equipment is crucial to staying warm and comfortable when you’re out on the slopes. Considering both outerwear and what to wear under your ski pants is equally as important. In this article, we explore this in more detail and give you all the information you need on what to wear under ski pants.

What to wear when skiing

Before we go into detail of what to wear under ski pants, we thought we’d do a basic introduction on what to wear when skiing:

  • Warm & waterproof clothing
  • Thick socks
  • A helmet (this is often a compulsory requirement)
  • Gloves (these are often a compulsory requirement)
  • Snow appropriate shoes (such as clean wellies or walking boots)

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s look into the more detailed stuff, such as what to wear under your ski pants and whether you should wear your ski pants over or under your boots.

What to wear under ski pants

If you’re a beginner when it comes to skiing, you might be unsure about what the appropriate attire is and what you should wear under your ski pants.

Layering is super important when it comes to your skiing attire. You want to layer your clothing to create a system of layers that effectively manage heat and moisture. Wearing something under your ski pants provides the perfect barrier between skin and the snow pants. Doing this will keep you drier, more comfortable, and most importantly, able to last longer on the slopes.

First and foremost, it is super important to choose a pair of long underclothing that is specifically designed for skiing. There are many brands that create clothing specifically designed for skiing, and you can find a wide selection of specialised ski gear and equipment at Snow & Rock.

Materials to consider

You should try to find underclothing that is made from thermal or moisture-wicking materials. This is because you want clothing that is designed to keep you dry and warm at the same time. You should avoid clothing that is made from cotton as this absorbs moisture and is certain to leave you feeling cold and damp. That’s not a good combo when you’re on the slopes!

A popular ski legging material is merino wool. Popular within skiing circles, this natural fibre is perfect at regulating temperatures, meaning it’ll keep you warm in colder weather and cool when it’s warm. No wonder it’s such a popular choice for skiers! Another benefit of merino wool is its natural moisture-absorbing properties, so you won’t feel damp if you’re getting sweaty.

Other materials to consider for your ski leggings and underclothing are synthetics, like polyester and nylon. Perhaps easier to source (and cheaper) than merino wool, these are lightweight and breathable, making them perfect for layering. Similar to merino wool, these synthetic materials, and others, are designed to be moisture-wicking. So you won’t get that horrible damp feeling.

Another option is fleece-lined leggings. These provide an extra layer of warmth and insulation, making them ideal for extremely cold weather. They’re also incredibly soft and comfortable, so you won’t feel restricted or uncomfortable while skiing.

Choosing the right ski pants

Once you’ve got your layering right, it’s time to make sure you choose the right ski pants that are comfortable and keep you warm during a day on the slopes. It’s also important to consider the fit of your ski pants. Make sure they’re not too tight or too loose, as this can affect your range of motion and overall comfort. Look for ski pants that are specifically designed for your body type, whether you’re tall, short, slim or curvy.

Another important factor to consider is the length of your ski pants. They should be long enough to cover your ski boots, but not so long that they bunch up or drag on the ground. Many ski pants come with adjustable cuffs that can be tightened or loosened as needed.

When it comes to socks, choose a pair that’s specifically designed for skiing. Look for socks that are made of a moisture-wicking material, like wool or synthetic fibres. Avoid cotton, as it can become damp and uncomfortable. It’s also important to choose socks that fit well, as loose socks can cause blisters and discomfort.

In addition to legwear, it’s important to consider other accessories that can enhance your skiing experience. A good pair of gloves or mittens is essential for keeping your hands warm and protected from the elements. Look for gloves that are waterproof and insulated, with a snug but comfortable fit.

Wearing a hat and helmet is also important for keeping your head warm and protected. Choose a hat that covers your ears and is made of a warm, moisture-wicking material. We would strongly recommend that you always wear a helmet when skiing. Make sure to choose one that fits properly and is designed for skiing.

Skiing at Chill Factore

Choosing the right legwear for skiing is essential for staying warm, comfortable, and protected on the slopes. Look for leggings made of thermal or moisture-wicking materials and avoid cotton. Don’t forget other accessories like gloves, a hat, or a helmet to complete your skiing outfit. With the right gear, you’ll be ready to hit the slopes and enjoy a great day of skiing. If you’re planning a visit to Chill Factore, find out all about

Why not spend a day or two at Chill Factore in Manchester? Get your practice in at the longest real indoor snow slope in the UK before hitting up one of these incredible European ski resorts. We offer a range of lessons, from snowboarding to ski lessons, including our ski lessons for beginners, so you can get used to zooming down the slopes. Plan your visit to us today and discover the joy of indoor skiing in Manchester.

Whatever you need from Chill Factore, don’t hesitate to contact us today on 0161 749 2222, email us at, or come in to speak to us. We’re right by the Trafford Centre in Manchester!

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