What to Wear Skiing to Keep Ultimate Warmth From Head to Toe - FITS®

September 29, 2022

If you've ever gone skiing without wearing the proper clothing, you know how quickly the cold can sneak up on you. Even if the weather is sunny and mild when you start, it can change quickly once you're on the slopes. That's why it's essential to wear layers when skiing. Wearing multiple layers of clothing helps trap heat and keep you warm, even if the temperature drops. And if you get too warm, you can always take a layer off. It's much easier to adjust your clothing than it is to try to warm up once you're already cold. So, keep reading to learn what to wear when skiing before you hit the slopes.

What to Wear Skiing: Base Layer 

When heading to the slopes, you need to know how to dress for skiing, starting with your base layer. A base layer is a thin piece of clothing you wear under your regular clothes to wick away sweat and keep your body temperature regulated. Your base layer should fit snugly but not too tightly. You should also avoid fabrics that are too bulky or stiff, as they can make it difficult to move freely. 

Base layer bottoms can be long underwear, tights, or merino wool pants. Base layer tops can be long or short sleeve shirts constructed with merino wool or stretch polyester. Socks are also an essential part of the base later. FITS women’s wool ski socks are constructed with a Dynamic Toe Cup® which provides heel security and limits the chances of a blister when combined with a properly fit boot. This will keep you cozy and comfortable on the slopes all day long. 

What to Wear Skiing: Mid Layer 

When deciding what to wear for skiing, don’t forget a mid layer to provide insulation. Mid layer clothing is typically made from down, fleece, or synthetic insulation. A sweater is the perfect mid layer for winter because it’s not as heavy as a coat, but it will still keep you warm. Look for a sweater made from wool or cashmere because these materials are very effective at trapping heat, so you'll be sure to stay warm longer. A fleece jacket is also an excellent option for a comfortable, warm mid layer when you’ll be out skiing all day. 

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What to Wear Skiing: Outer Layer 

When it comes to how to dress for skiing, having a suitable outer layer is essential. Your outer layer should be waterproof and windproof to keep you warm and dry. The most popular material for ski jackets is Gore-Tex, which is both breathable and waterproof.

For pants, most people prefer stretchy materials that allow for easy movement. Softshell and hardshell are the two most popular options. A softshell is more breathable but less waterproof, while a hardshell is the opposite. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide what to wear for skiing, but remember that staying warm and dry is most important.

What to Wear Skiing: Accessories

Knowing what to wear when skiing doesn’t stop at clothes. You also need skiing accessories like skis, poles, and boots to enjoy a day on the slopes. A good pair of goggles is a must-have to protect your eyes from the sun and wind. A scarf or neck gaiter will help keep you warm and dry. Gloves will keep your hands warm. And finally, don't forget to apply sunscreen, as the reflected UV rays can be just as damaging at high altitudes. With the right gear, you'll be ready for a fun day on the slopes.

Shop for High-Quality Ski Socks Today

If you’re looking for the best winter socks for women for a day on the slopes, look no further than FITS. Our merino wool ski socks are designed with warmth, comfort, and functionality in mind. Use the FITS sock size chart to find your new favorite, best-fitting pair of ski socks for your next adventure.


Sock Sizing
women and men size chart

The Perfect Fit Starts With the Right Size.

Your sock size shouldn’t be a guessing game. Our socks range from small to double XL, but the best way to know the perfect fit for you is to match your shoe size to the chart on the left. That way, you’ll know the size you select will give you the fit and feel you expect.

Between sizes? Go with your gut, but rest assured that your socks will still fit great. If you receive your order and find yourself wishing you’d gone up or down a size, just let us know. We’ll happily send you replacements for your preferred size.

Concerned about laundry mix-ups? All FITS® socks are coordinated by color and size, based on the colors you see on the size chart. So, you won’t have to worry about mixing up your sizes with the other FITS® wearers in your home. (But stray socks mysteriously going missing in the dryer? Unfortunately, we can’t help with that.)


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How Do You Determine Sock Size?

Sock sizes are typically measured in inches, not by your shoe size. So, a sock size 6-8 will comfortably fit someone whose feet are between six and eight inches long. However, at FITS®, we make it easy for you to choose the ideal sock size without having to measure your foot. Simply use our sock size conversion chart based on your shoe size to select the right fit for you. 

How Do You Measure Your Foot for Socks?

To measure your foot for socks, measure the length from the heel of your foot to the tip of your longest toe. The measurement in inches correlates to your sock size. For example, if your foot is 10 inches long, a sock size 9-11 should fit you comfortably. At FITS®, you can skip this step and find your sock size based on your shoe size using our conversion chart. 

What Is the Sock Size Conversion?

The sock size conversion refers to sock size compared to shoe size. While all companies may vary slightly on which size socks to purchase based on your shoe size, you can always measure your foot to find the right fit for you. 

What is Sock Size to Shoe Size?

Because sock sizes are determined by the length of your foot in inches vs. your shoe size, shoe and sock sizes differ. The FITS® sock size to shoe size conversion is as follows:

Knowing this makes it easy to choose the ideal sock size based on your shoe size without measuring your foot. 

What Age is Sock Size 9-12?

Sock sizes typically don’t correlate with age. For kids, age can be a general indicator of what size sock they’ll need, but everyone is different. An adult sock size 9-12 fits anyone whose feet are approximately nine to twelve inches long. For kids’ sock sizing, check with the company to find exact details to ensure your little one gets the perfect fit. 

Got more questions about finding the perfect sock size for you? Let’s talk.



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