Layering for Skiing/Riding New England

Skiing in New England can be a great experience, but the weather can be a challenge. With ever changing weather conditions, it's important to have the right gear to keep you comfortable on the slopes. We are here to walk you through how to build the perfect layering system for skiing New England conditions.


Starting with your tops, the key is to have multiple layers that can be easily added or removed depending on the weather conditions. We recommend starting with a base layer made of a moisture-wicking fabric that will keep you dry and comfortable. Look for materials like merino wool or synthetic blends. The Smartwool NTS Mid 250 Crew is a great option.

Next, you'll want to add a mid-layer for warmth. A fleece or synthetic insulated jacket like the Arcteryx Atom LT Jacket is a good choice. This layer will provide insulation and trap warm air close to your body.

Finally, you'll want to add an outer layer that will protect you from wind and precipitation. Look for a waterproof and breathable jacket like the Helly-Hansen Alpha LIFAloft Jacket. This layer should be durable enough to withstand the rigors of skiing while keeping you dry and comfortable.


For your bottom half, you'll want to follow a similar layering system but less to allow a greater freedom of movement. Start with a base layer made of moisture-wicking fabric, such as the Smartwool NTS Mid 250 Bottom. Then, add an outer layer that will protect you from wind and precipitation, like the The North Face Freedom Insulated Pant.


Accessories are an often-overlooked part of a layering system, but they can make a big difference in keeping you warm and comfortable on the slopes. Start with a moisture-wicking balaclava or neck gaiter like the BlackStrap Hood Solid to keep your neck and face warm. Next, add a warm hat like the Smartwool Merino 250 Beanie to keep your head and ears warm or better yet, the Smith Vantage MIPS Helmet. Finally, don't forget about your hands and feet. A good pair of waterproof and insulated gloves like the Black Diamond Guide Gloves and solid ski socks like the Smartwool PhD Ski Socks will keep your extremities warm and dry.

Putting it all together

Now that you have all of the pieces of your layering system, it's time to put them together. Start with your base layer and build up from there, adding or removing layers as needed based on the weather conditions. Remember that you want to be warm and comfortable, but you also don't want to overheat and sweat too much. Your layering system should allow you to regulate your body temperature by adding or removing layers as needed.

Building a layering system for skiing New England conditions is essential for staying comfortable on the slopes. By following the tips and recommendations here, you can build a system that will keep you comfortable and protected no matter what the weather brings. Happy skiing!