Everything You Need For Your First Ski Trip

Ski season has landed! Whether you're hitting Zermatt or Whistler Blackcomb, it doesn't matter if you're a newbie or a seasoned pro, you'll be looking to get kitted out so you can hit the slopes in style.

Thankfully, it's not as expensive as you might think. Everywhere from H&M and Topshop to O'Neill and Moncler have technical but tasty pieces to keep you warm while you're sipping Glühwein, and cool you down while you're smashing the black run (we wish).


Ahead, we've picked out some of the best items you need for any ski trip: outerwear and suits, base layers, socks, gloves and goggles. You'll of course need your actual skis, poles, a helmet and boots, but leave that to the hire shop.

You'll need waterproof but breathable ski jackets and trousers, so as to keep the snow out while letting your body breathe as you get warm dipping and diving down those slopes. A high collar is preferable on a jacket to protect your neck from both sunshine and snow getting in and dripping down your back (yuck), but other than that it's all about playing around with print and colour.

Our favourites are out-there animal print, retro '80s colour blocking, and normcore puffers, while the best salopettes act as an insulated shell and let your key pieces do the talking.
ASOS 4505 ASOS 4505 Curve Ski Colour Block Padded Jacket$90.00 Buy
Goldbergh Belted Faux Leather-Trimmed Leopard-Print Ski Pants$359.00 Buy
ASOS 4505 ASOS 4505 Curve Ski High Waisted Salopettes$55.00 Buy
Planks Planks Overstoke Ski Anorak in Blue$180.00 Buy
Moncler Ski Suit$670.00 Buy
Topshop Blush Corduroy Ski Jacket By Topshop SNO$110.00 Buy
Topshop Black Straight Leg Ski Trousers By Topshop SNO$79.00 Buy
Billabong Billabong Down Rider Ski Jacket in Orange$170.00 Buy
P.E Nation P.E Nation X DC - Softshell Pant$171.12 Buy
Old School Ski OOSC Del Mar Snowsuit in Blue/Pink$199.00 Buy
Protest Protest Natasha Salopette in Red$130.00 Buy
H&M Ski Jacket$79.99 Buy
Colmar Gradient Ski-Suit$570.00 Buy
Topshop Black And White All In One Jersey Ski Suit$32.00 Buy
Ienki Ienki Sheena Hooded Ski Jacket$1200.00 Buy
Topshop Black Borg Ski Jacket By Topshop SNO$115.00 Buy
The North Face The North Face Tanager Jacket in Blue$180.00 Buy
Tory Sport Sherpa Shell-Trimmed Cotton-Blend Fleece Jacket$170.00 Buy
Dare 2B Maximum Ski Suit$309.99 Buy
Once you start moving, you'll quickly shed that jacket and want to feel more free and agile on the slopes. Rather than sticking to one thick jumper, wear a few light base layers that are thin, smooth, moisture wicking and odour-resistant.

Why stick to boring black, grey or navy when you could use this as an opportunity to stand out on the snow? Neon-hued blues, greens and pinks feel very SS20, while camo print and bold stripes also look fresh.
FALKE Ergonomic Sport System Stretch-Knit Turtleneck Top$59.00 Buy
We Norwegians Voss Paneled Stretch-Merino Wool Leggings$160.00 Buy
ASOS 4505 ASOS 4505 Ski Fleece Back Base Layer Top in Camo$28.00 Buy
Erin Snow Kito Striped Merino Wool Turtleneck Sweater$285.00 Buy
Perfect Moment Intarsia Merino Wool Turtleneck Sweater$230.00 Buy
Topshop Neon Yellow Knitted Layering Ski Top By Topshop SNO$45.00 Buy
Bognor Madeline Printed Stretch-Jersey Turtleneck Top$175.00 Buy
Columbia Titanium OH3D™ Knit Tights$65.00 Buy
Moncler Intarsia Ribbed Wool Turtleneck Sweater$340.00 Buy
Look for goggles that have side vents and double screens so condensation doesn't build up inside and cloud your vision. The darker the lens, the better for tackling brighter and sunnies skies, too. And remember to apply suncream all over your face! You don't want to return home with a big white mask print on your skin...
Dragon x Chloé Cassidy Ski Goggles$275.00 Buy
Bolle Schuss Goggles$40.00 $36.00 Buy
Illesteva Mirrored Ski Goggles$210.00 Buy
Dope Flush 2X-UP$84.00 Buy
Superdry Pinnacle Snow Goggles$59.99 $30.00 Buy
Bliz Pink Carver Ski Goggles$19.99 $16.00 Buy
women Wedze Women Skiing Googles$29.99 Buy
Pretty self-explanatory, but do make sure you buy gloves with cinched wrists, whether it's toggle ties or elasticated fabric, because if snow gets in there you'll have freezing cold mitts all day. Our favourites include more animal print and pastel hues, but COS does some smashing puffer style mittens, too.
Volcom Volcom Snow Handplant Mitt Gloves in Grey$50.00 Buy
Burton Burton$50.00 Buy
ASOS 4505 ASOS 4505 Ski Mittens in Camo$22.00 Buy
COS Quilted Mittens$45.00 Buy
Volcom Volcom Snow Handplant Mitt Gloves in Purple$50.00 Buy
The key with socks is to buy technical sports pairs, not fashion or comfort socks. Ones with extra padding to protect from uncomfortable hired snow boots, and ones without seams are great if you get blisters or sores easily.

When it comes to warmth, headbands, snoods and beanies are all you need: Bella Freud's 'Ciao' number is top of our wish list.
WED'ZE WEDZE 300 Adult Ski Socks - Pink$6.99 Buy
Billabong Billabong Neck Warmer in Blue$23.00 Buy
FALKE Ergonomic Sport System SK2 Intarsia Wool-Blend Ski Socks$32.00 Buy
Bella Freud Intarsia Cashmere Headband$150.00 Buy
Stance White Caps$18.99 Buy
Ganni Ribbed Striped Wool-Blend Beanie$75.00 Buy
SALOMON SOCKS Women's Ice Ski Socks$12.00 Buy
Weekday Pull Neck Warmer$18.00 $10.00 Buy
Mountain Warehouse Womens Patterned Ski Socks$14.99 $7.49 Buy
Uniqlo Cashmere Knitted Beanie Hat$24.90 Buy
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