Best Ski Gear for 2023
Whether you’re skiing or snowboarding during this epic snowfall season, now is the time to update your gear. Many items are now on sale, and you’ll still get to use it while the snow keeps falling. Here are our favorite editor-tested items for this ski season.
This jacket can take whatever you throw at it. The burly, high-tech fabric is built to withstand wind, rain, and cold. Plus, it keeps you warm with a quilted lining and multi-layer lightweight insulation. There are plenty of pockets for stashing your lift pass, granola bars, and a flask…err more granola bars. Plus it features reflective hits–just in case ski patrol needs to hunt you down in the woods.
Stay toasty warm in these insulated ski bibs stuffed with 85 grams of high-tech, lightweight ThermaTech™ insulation. The zip front makes bathroom breaks a breeze and the breathable, moisture-wicking fabric helps you stay dry all day, even when snow is flying. The adjustable straps deliver a custom-fit feel, and the 600-denier ballistic nylon reinforcement at the ankles, hem and scuff guards provide protection from your boots and any scuffing. Boot gaiters with strong grippers protect your feet and ankles from the elements. Plus, they’re machine washable so you can easily keep them clean season after season.
We’ve tried a lot of ski bibs over the years, and despite the extremely affordable price of this set, they’re an easy favorite! We love the ultra-comfortable fit and supreme insulation that keeps you warm on the chilliest days. The four-way stretch contoured back panel allows easy movement when you fall and just can’t get up. Also awesome for cross-country ski days.
These goggles are seriously fancy for a reason. You can expect unrivaled peripheral vision so you can see EVERYTHING on the slopes and incredible lenses that make for crystal-clear vision. This model includes two lenses so you can switch it up based on the weather–or your style preferences.
Stay cozy under your shell jacket with this made-in-Europe midlayer crafted from fine Italian merino wool through the collar and sleeves. The padded body feels like wearing a vest as well and makes even the coldest days feel so much warmer.
When chic ski style matters, rock this Caparanea jacket. Made from eye-catching Italian fabric, the sheen and shine stand out from booting up to apres bar hopping. But it isn’t just stylish, wool inserts and eco-down make it warm while keeping it lightweight and highly breathable. Win-win.
The warmest jacket I’ve tested! The Lucky uses new eco-friendly 100% recycled PrimaLoft® P.U.R.E. insulation and a super soft inner liner to make this comfortable for frigid days on the slopes. The 100% recycled 4-way stretch face fabric makes it easy to move and is comfortable for skiing and snowboarding. All the pockets offer plenty of places to stash lift tickets, snacks, keys, and more.
When cold weather hits, skip the shell and rock these 100% recycled PrimaLoft® P.U.R.E insulated pants. The weatherproof fabric and high waist are ideal for powder days, and there are pockets for stashing gear and zippers to dump heat and air out if the sun starts shining.
Though this ultralight jacket is made for backpacking, we love it under a shell on ski days. It’s built with innovative 3DeFX Insulation to retain high warmth value with body-mapped breathability! This recycled insulation and the ripstop Nylon face fabric stretch while you move–makiong it a perfect partner for outdoorsy pursuits. The fibers stretch when you move, allowing heat to escape to cool you off, then contract for warmth and loft when not being stretched.
Go from the hill to apres in this cute printed statement top. We love the full-stretch fabric that makes it an ideal baselayer, but it’s cute enough to wear on its own too. Super soft with a half-zip for high neck coverage.
Apres ski style and comfort isn’t just for ladies. We love these amazing sweats made in soft, stretchy DreamKnit™ fabric. The buttery soft fabric and straight leg fit will have you kicking it in these in the cabin, coffee shop, and more.
Whether you’re looking for light support on the ski hill or the perfect bra for apres, try this long-length bra top from Vuori. It’s super soft and made with ultrasuede, ultra-soft fabric with a full coverage design and removable cups.
Make traveling with your skis or snowboard easy with this all-new roller bag from Db. This special edition is available only on backcountry.com and features a Length Adjustment System to customize it to fit skis and snowboards up to 200cm. Also compresses down to 10% of its full volume for easy storage when you’re not traveling. We love the highly abrasion-resistant polyester face fabric with a PU coating and durable water repellent to protect it from snow and rain. Plus, you can attach other bags to make it a single rolling ski storage solution. The bright color means you’ll never lose it at luggage claim.
Protect your spirits with this double-wall insulated flask built with kitchen-grade stainless steel to keep your whiskey fresh month after month. (If it lasts that long.) Use the magnetically attached 3 fl. oz. “sipping shot glass” to class it up, instead of sipping straight from the bottle. And if you want to add ice or actually clean out your flask, the whole bottom removes. it features a removable bottom cap spanning the entire width of the flask for easy filling and cleaning. And if you’re more into hot toddies than cold whiskey, use this insulated flask to stow hot drinks too. Bonus: It’s totally customizable so you can label it, write a message, or just pick a symbol that best represents your style.
The binding snowboarders have been begging for. The Supermatic is the first universal, dual-entry, automatic binding. It doesn’t require any special boots, and it looks and feels just like any old strap binding. That means it works great on everything from steep slopes to deep powder, always keeping your foot feeling secure. So how does it work? Simple really. It features a triggered highback called “Drop-In Tech” where you simply slip your foot in like you’re putting on a shoe and step down on the heel pedal to lock in the binding. Use the simple release lever to get out fast—and never sit down to buckle in again! Game changer. If conditions are too steep or rough to use the step-in binding, simply open the straps and put in on like a regular binding. Once you go Supermatic, you won’t go back.