Experts’ Top Recommended Winter and Snow Gear

Looking for new ski gear? Find out what our experts recommend.

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Jan.9.20


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ExpertVoice members — from retail associates to outdoor guides — log hours of first-hand, real-world experience with the products they’re recommending. They’re voices you can trust when it comes to all things skiing, and we want to share their top picks with you.

Check out the products and brands our experts most frequently recommend, including Outdoor Research jackets, Superfeet insoles, Point6 baselayers, Zeal Optics goggles and many more skiing essentials.

Resort Skiing

Women's Ascendant Hoody

Extra 10% off - 50% off MSRP

12 Recommendations

Claire Miller

Verified Product Owner

Women's Ascendant Hoody

I love this jacket. I wear it as my mid layer when skiing or mountaineering. I find it works well as an outer layer for cold days down south US and for snowshoeing in unexposed areas. Layer protects against light snow and rain well. Like that it’s not thick and can layer well under or over other thick layers if I need to. There is good stretch. I bought a medium because I like more room rather than less. I fall in the middle of the small and medium sizing normally as a 5’9”, 135 lbs woman with wiry athletic build and swimmer (wider, not bulky though) shoulders. I could have gotten away with a small and honestly would love to have both sizes.

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Alpha 3.0 Jacket

65% Off MSRP

38 Recommendations

Why experts love it: Multiple reviewers commented on this shell’s surprising warmth and its reliable weather proofing. It’s built with a slightly more athletic fit but features ample flex.

Kenzo Men's Pant

Up to 50% off MSRP

1 Recommendations

Why experts love it: Made by premium Japanese outerwear company Descente, these pants pair a tough, three-layer shell — which blocks out moisture — with flex fabric and ventilation so you don’t lose out on freedom of movement or breathability.

Selene Women's Pant

Up to 50% off MSRP

0 Recommendations

Why experts love it: A Descente bestseller, the Selene pairs a 4-way stretch fabric with lightweight PrimaLoft® insulation for resort-ready comfort.


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REDhot

Up to 60% off MSRP

28 Recommendations

Thomas Konrath

Verified Product Owner

Comfy and Warm insole, an upgrade from any retail footbed

These footbeds are both more comfortable and warmer than any retail footbed I've used before, and a great addition to any ski or snowboard boot, especially for those with always cold feet like mine. In addition to the added warmth, you also get more control and an overall better fit as seems to be with all Superfeet products. A great purchase and something ill continue to recommend.

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Portal

Up to 40% off MSRP

35 Recommendations

Why experts love it: Our experts frequently recommend these goggles for days with changing light conditions, thanks to the easy-to-swap lenses and crisp, clear optics.

Men's Ski+ Light Over the Calf Merino Sock

Up to 50% off MSRP + Free Shipping $150+

1 Recommendations

Why experts love it: Icebreaker’s merino has quite the reputation for warmth and breathability. Our experts say this sock lives up to the hype — and give it bonus points for the added cushioning in traditional hot spots.

Men's Ascendant Hoody

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59 Recommendations

Why experts love it: The men’s and women’s versions of this breathable midlayer receive high praise for their lightweight, stretchy warmth both on- and off-piste.

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Backcountry Touring

Men's Liquid Point Shell

Up to 50% off MSRP

12 Recommendations

Ethan Helferty

Verified Product Owner

M's Liquid Point Shell Update

Great waterproof jacket. I've taken this piece out ski touring mostly but have also put it through the paces with multiple rainstorms and windy conditions. When paired with a bib snow pant, this jacket is a winter backcountry machine. Especially for the price. Lightweight and breathable makes for vertical treks very comfortable even in a storm with the sinching hood that goes over a helmet or beanie. Get too hot, unzip under the arm and you're good to go. I was also impressed about staining, I had some ski lift grease drip on it and after soaking it with dawn and washing a couple times with Nikwax 95% of the grease stain was gone. Can't forget to mention the packability of course. I gave a 9 because I did have an issue with one of the arm zips getting stuck and fallen off, but got fixed quickly at an outdoor shop.

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Cliff Shell Bib

50% off MSRP

0 Recommendations

Why experts love it: Built specifically for deep powder and backcountry wear, these shell bibs shine thanks to Dermizax weatherproof fabric.

Men's Merino Mid Baselayer 1/4 Zip Top

Extra 10% off - Free Shipping $75+

1 Recommendations

Why experts love it: Experts have long kept Point6 merino pieces in their sock drawer, and now the brand has expanded into men’s and women’s baselayers to provide the same reliable warmth and wicking.

Women's Merino Mid Baselayer Bottom

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0 Recommendations

Why experts love it: Experts have long kept Point6 merino pieces in their sock drawer, and now the brand has expanded into men’s and women’s baselayers to provide the same reliable warmth and wicking.

Barryvox

Up to 60% off MSRP + Free Shipping $150+

62 Recommendations

Why experts love it: While our experts (thankfully) haven’t had to use this product in a real-life avalanche scenario, their testing sessions revealed ease-of-use and a wider range than many other products on the market.

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Après Ski

Sojourner Down Jacket

40% off MSRP

4 Recommendations

Why experts love it: These jackets are packed with the thoughtful details you need on the mountain — think stretch fabrics, ample storage and insulation — all wrapped up in sleek, city-friendly styles. 


Røthe Midlayer

Up to 60% off MSRP

11 Recommendations

Why experts love it: Praised by experts for its warmth, comfort and style, Kari Traa takes fit seriously, and all its products are designed by women, for women.

Women's Polaris Loose Crew

40% off MSRP + Free Shipping $100+

0 Recommendations

Why experts love it: The waffle-stitch design traps air against the skin to regulate temperatures, and the merino used is sourced exclusively from sheep in Montana.

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Ember Moc - Women

40% Off MSRP

83 Recommendations

Emily Mellon

Verified Product Owner

W EMBER MOC

These shoes have been a lifesaver! I had been going back and forth on buying these since they came out, and impulse bought them on break the weekend before shredding my acl to pieces on a ski instructor job. My only other pair of slide on shoes were birks, and being from SLC sandals just don’t cut it for wintertime. These have been awesome. Super comfy, super easy to put on and nicely durable for my crutch-bound activities. The only reason I give them 9/10 instead of perfect marks is they could be a little warmer, especially for being puffy slippers and I had to size down. I normally wear a 6.5-7 and I was lucky enough to try a friends 6’s before ordering. I definitely recommend them and I’ll be adding the boots to my collection. Injured or not, these rock!

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Foundation Jacket

40% off MSRP

0 Recommendations

Why experts love it: These jackets are packed with the thoughtful details you need on the mountain — think stretch fabrics, ample storage and insulation — all wrapped up in sleek, city-friendly styles. 


Men's Polaris Crew

40% off MSRP + Free Shipping $100+

0 Recommendations

Why experts love it: The waffle-stitch design traps air against the skin to regulate temperatures, and the merino used is sourced exclusively from sheep in Montana.

Holbrook™

55% Off MSRP

15 Recommendations

Why experts love it: Versatile style, comfort and a lightweight fit keep experts coming back to these sunglasses, whether on the mountain or driving around town.

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