Strafe and teamed up to create a guide to dressing for a day spent on the mountain. When getting dressed and layering up we like to think of it simply in terms of baselayer, insulation and outerwear according to activity, effort and temperature. Here’s a preview of the Q&A we did with our friends Victor and Kelsey from the marketing team at Strafe. You

Click here for the full guide on what to wear skiing, and read on for the highlights of how to dress like an Aspen local for varied mountain conditions and weather.

Strafe gear for varied conditions
Example of Strafe gear to layer for varied conditions

What’s the most important piece of advice you can give someone on how to dress who has never been skiing?

100% LAYERING. Most new skiers and riders have not tried proper layering systems. Being new to the sport, you may not know if you ride cold or hot and how often the temperature fluctuates throughout the day. Having a few layers that work together can be a game changer to ensure your outerwear system can perform and keep you comfortable.

Strafe gear guide for cold weather
Example of Strafe gear to wear for cold weather

What kind of materials are best for the base layer you wear when skiing?

The two most common materials for baselayers are synthetic polyester or fleece and merino wool. Synthetic baselayers are generally higher performing. They dry faster, wick moisture better, and are generally more durable, however, they can get stinky after multiple uses. Merino wool baselayers on the other hand, are in general less durable and dry slower but can provide warmth when wet, are not polyester-based and are naturally antimicrobial.

The best baselayer type is generally personal preference. If you’re often skiing in a wet, humid climate merino wool may be the best choice. If you are in a drier environment and have access to multiple baselayers, synthetic can provide higher performance. Of course, there are many blends and materials available and it will take some time to discover your preference.

synthetic polyester vs. merino wool
Diagram from Strafe comparing synthetic polyester and merino wool

What’s the most important thing to consider when getting ready for a ski day?

Gear doesn’t make the day great, but can sure make it better! Skiing is a cold, outdoor sport with a lot of moisture and it’s generally much easier to cool off than it is to warm up. Dress warm and give yourself options to adjust based on your comfort.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what you wear, just as long as you’re warm, comfortable, and outside enjoying the beautiful mountains we call home.

Skier cutting turns in the powder
Skier cutting some turns in powder, all layered up with Strafe gear. Photo Credit: Matt Power

Anything else you’d like to add about layering and getting dressed for a day on the mountain?

Don’t be afraid to try new things! Trying new layering is how we learn what is most comfortable for us as the skier or rider we are.

Check out the latest in layering technology for the perfect Strafe garment for your winter needs:



Still seeking guidance on the best way to gear up for a day on the mountain? Read more from the experts at Strafe on best practices and insider knowledge on layering here.