What to Wear on a Ski Trip – The Ultimate Winter Weekend Packing Guide

If you’re heading somewhere snowy and chic this winter like Vail, Breckenridge, Aspen, or Tahoe, you’re going to want the wardrobe to match the destination. But what do you need to pack for a ski weekend?

Basically, you’ll likely need comfy warm outfits and pajamas for cozy nights in the house, a bikini or one piece for the hot tub, a ski outfit if you’re planning on getting on the slopes, and a few chic apres-ski outfits for roaming around town. You’ll definitely want some waterproof, snow-proof boots (lots of recs below), some thermal leggings (these are my absolute favorite), , plus you’ll need gloves, liner gloves, and some compression ski socks. Also, definitely some hand warmers like these ones

Even if you’re not into skiing, a winter escape, especially at a luxury mountain lodge, can be A BLAST. Whether it’s a romantic mountain getaway or a group trip with a lively bunch of friends, get ready for skiing/snow-shoeing adventures, hot tubs overlooking snow-capped peaks, aprés-ski DJ sets, and a very chic & cozy winter wardrobe.

When it comes to packing for a ski trip, there are several beginner mistakes you must avoid at all costs!! Like not packing enough base layers, not investing in a warm pair of gloves, or overpacking things that you’ll never actually end up wearing! Which is where I come in. I’m here to make sure no one is showing up to the mountain unprepared. Here’s everything you need to pack for a fun ski trip this winter!! You’ll be warm all day on the mountain, cozy as can be at the lodge, and the chicest of chic for any and all aprés festivities!!

But First, Base Layers!

During the winter ski months, form December through February you’ll want to stick to the warmest materials: Marino wool and Cashmere! They may be pricey, but they keep you the warmest and actually LAST! During “Spring Skiing” months (March-April) you can get away with fewer layers or synthetic materials. 

WE NORWEGIANS Sno merino wool-blend base layer

To stay the warmest, look for base layers that have a wool blend like this one.

Image 2 of Fusalp Alisier II base-layer top

PERFECT MOMENT Star Dust intarsia merino wool turtleneck sweater

Black Marino wool base layers go with everything and will keep you warm on and off the slopes.

WE NORWEGIANS Voss merino wool-blend piqué top

PERFECT MOMENT Nordic intarsia merino wool bodysuit

So obsessed with this base layer suit.

You’ll also need some nice high ski-socks to keep those toes warm all day on the mountain!! Nothing ruins a day of skiing like frozen toes, trust me!

FALKE ERGONOMIC SPORT SYSTEM SK4 stretch-knit socks

These even have lightweight padding to make them more comfy with ski boots!

Optional: Add a vest

Goldbergh Mae Vest in White

Love this vest by Goldbergh

The Cutest (and Warmest) Ski Jackets

Image 1 of Herno Neck zip-up puffer jacket

Bogner - Fire+Ice - Saelly Metallic Jacket Non-Fur - Women's - Deepest Navy

Fera - Julia Faux Fur Jacket - Women's - White Cloud

JETSET Julia hooded quilted iridescent ski jacket This Jacket is actually called “The Jetset” 😉

BOGNER FIRE+ICE Raissa hooded quilted padded ski jacket

Obsessed with this jacket!

CORDOVA The Zermatt Sweater in Cosmic Dust & Cloud

CANADA GOOSE Cypress quilted recycled ripstop down jacket

You can’t go wrong with Canada Goose!

MONCLER GRENOBLE Fleece-trimmed quilted shell down jacket

MONCLER GRENOBLE Fleece-trimmed quilted shell down jacket

I loveeee a good Cartier-red-on-the-ski-slopes moment.

DRAGON X1s mirrored ski goggles

DRAGON X1s mirrored ski goggles

Barbour - Saltburn Beanie - Black

Chic Ski-Suits

Cordovas are always a classic! During colder winter months just wear a puffy jacket over top, while during spring months you’ll be fine with just the suit!

Image 2 of Cordova two-tone belted ski jumpsuit

BOGNER Talisha belted striped stretch ski suit

This German brand, Golberg, is known for making the best of the best ski-wear for the Alps!

As always, black pants go with just about anything!! Pair these waterproof ski pants with a more flamboyant jacket, or keep the sophisticated all-black theme going.

BOGNER Cari stretch ski salopettes

BOGNER FIRE+ICE Borja2-T bootcut ski pants

Aprés-ski Outfits

PERFECT MOMENT Schild intarsia merino wool turtleneck sweater

PERFECT MOMENT Star Dust intarsia merino wool turtleneck sweater

WE NORWEGIANS Fair Isle merino wool and cashmere-blend turtleneck sweater

Perfect Moment Nordic Turtleneck Sweater in BlackAlp N Rock Kaldi Belted Vest in Latte

 

UGG All Over Faux Fur Mittens in Ivory

All over faux fur mittens

KYI KYI Wool Blend Beanie with Faux Fur Pom, Main, color, PISTACHIO Adrienne Landau Fur Pom Pom Hat in White

When it comes to shoes, Aprés-ski parties/bars are typically very close to the slopes, meaning you’ll be walking on snow or slick surfaces! It’s best to change out of those tight ski boots and into something comfy, durable and preferably waterproof!

Obsessed with everything Veronica Beard – and these white snow boots are no exception!

Veronica Beard Galina Boot in White & Snow

MARC FISHER LTD Izzie Genuine Shearling Lace-Up Boot, Main, color, COGNAC SUEDE

 

Steve Madden Arkin Boot in Black

Alias Mae Robbie Boot in Black Burnished

MARC FISHER LTD Nairy Lace-Up Bootie, Main, color, BLACK/ NATURAL LEATHER

Getting Cozy at The Lodge

WE NORWEGIANS Geilo metallic striped merino wool wide-leg pants

SKIMS Cozy Knit Tank, Main, color, DUSK

FREE PEOPLE FP MOVEMENT Nantucket Fleece Half Zip Pullover, Main, color, IVORY

THREAD & SUPPLY Wubby Jacket, Main, color, FROSTED CHARCOAL

LBLC The Label Jules Sweater in Creme

Equipment Calihan Turtleneck Sweater in Nature White

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Canada Goose Chelsea Parka with Removable Fur Ruff in Red

Toast Society Mars Puffer Jacket in Black

KENNETH COLE NEW YORK Box Quilted Puffer Jacket with Removable Hood, Main, color, SILVER

CANADA GOOSE Alliston Packable Down Coat, Main, color, NORTH STAR WHITE

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BERNARDO Hooded Longline Puffer Coat, Main, color, BLACK

The Best Gloves

For some reason my hands are ALWAYS cold, so a good pair of gloves/mittens is worth the splurge. Mittens tend to keep your hands warmer, but gloves are a bit more functional. If you are really concerned about warmth, you can even buy heated gloves on Amazon!!

My favorite brand is Hestra!

Hestra - Fall Line Mitten - Women's - WhiteHestra - Fall Line Glove - Women's - White

Canada Goose is also touted as one of the best!

CANADA GOOSE Waterproof Down Mittens, Main, color, BLACK 

What to Wear to Dinner Out on a Ski Trip

Whether you’re heading out on the town in Aspen, Vail or maybe even Chamonix, skiing in these hot-spots attracts a certain crowd and you’ll want to look the part! Chic winter dresses, black leather pants, furs, on-trend hats and over the knee boots are the name of the game here. 

Bubish Manhattan Jacket in White

LAMARQUE Deora Jacket in Black

Show Me Your Mumu Lombardi Long Cardigan in Taupe With Faux Fur

And how chic are these knitted dresses? Pair them with a warm oversized coat and a good pair of leather boots!

Line & Dot Amanda Sweater Midi Dress in Black

 

NBD Cortado Dress in Black

Musier Paris Bamba Dress in Black

Joslin Studio Rebecca Cotton Cashmere Midi Dress in Chocolate Marle

If you’re going with a skirt or dress you can always pair with these fleece lined tights! Just $10 and SOO worth it!!

NORDSTROM Fleece Lined Tights, Main, color, BLACK

Nothing is quite as classic as a black turtleneck sweater that goes with anything!!

ANINE BING Clare Knit Top in Black

Pair it with these badass black leather pants!

AGOLDE Recycled Leather Fitted 90's in Detox

When you’re just heading to dinner and not tromping around in the snow, you can get a little more creative! I think a knee-high or over-the-knee boot really ties a winter outfit together!

 

MARC FISHER LTD Comara Over the Knee Pointed Toe Boot, Main, color, BLACK STRETCH SUEDE

MARC FISHER LTD Onyse Over the Knee Boot, Main, color, BLACK FABRIC

JEFFREY CAMPBELL Parisah Over the Knee Boot, Main, color, ICE SUEDE

RAYE Merit Bootie in Taupe

Chic coats for exploring the villages and popping from bar to bar!

RE ONA Slouchy Cardigan in Vanilla

 

Apparis Billie Jacket in Noir

BERNARDO Chevron Faux Fur Jacket, Main, color, BLACK

LAMARQUE Thara Coat in Dusty Olive

Alice + Olivia Tomiko Reversible Coat in Camel & Almond

BLANKNYC Quilted Vest in Easy Street

 

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