Snow Clothing and Winter Layering: 3/3 The Ideal Kit

April 6, 2018 | by

REQUIRED Clothing Layers:





Base Layer Top

Synthetic or wool to trap heat next to your body & wick moisture away from your skin. We like wearing a light synthetic t-shirt under a warmer, lightweight grid fleece.

Patagonia Capilene 3 Crew [M / W]

Rab Nucleus Fleece  [M / W]

LLBean Polartec Power Dry Midlayer  [M / W]

Terramar Ecolator CS Hoodie [M / W]  (Best Buy)


Insulating Mid Layer

200+ fleece, ~60g synthetic, or down

Act as your “active layer” insulation. Synthetic insulated hooded options are all the rage these days.. A thick fleece from a thrift shop works too.

Polartec Alpha, Primaloft, Down

Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody [M / W]

Arc’Teryx Atom LT [M / W]

OR Cathode (Best Buy)  [M / W]


Hard Shell Jacket

or Soft Shell + Rain Jacket

A layer you can put on over your base or mid layer to block wind / precipitation. This layer should be relatively lightweight and preferably uninsulated. This piece needs to have a hood.

Gortex,Event, NeoShell, PowerShield Pro.

Mountain Hardwear Stretch Ozonic [M / W]

OR Helium II [M / W]

BD DawnPatrol [M / W]

Patagonia Torrentshell [M / W] (Best Buy)


Puffy Insulated Parka

An ultra warm down or synthetic parka to keep you warm no matter what. This is the “key” to staying warm in the winter. Wear it every time you stop moving. This piece needs to have a hood.

7-11 oz 600+ fill down Primaloft Gold

Rab Neutrino Endurance [M / W]

Patagonia Fitz Roy [M / W]

OR Virtuoso Hoody [M / W] (Best Buy)


Base Layer Bottom

Wear under a shell to insulate your legs. We like to combine midweight and heavyweight layers on cold days.

Patagonia Midweight [M / W]

Rab Nucleus Fleece [M / W]

Terramar Thermolator II [M / W] (Best Buy)

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Hard or Soft Shell Pants

A layer you can put on over your base layer bottoms and/or fleece pants. Combining a softshell pant with a waterproof rain pant with full side zippers is a great way to go.

Gortex, Event, NeoShell

BD DawnPatrol Ski Touring [M / W]

OR Trailbreaker [M / W]

OR Cirque [M / W] (Best Buy)


2 pair Midweight Socks

You’ll need a few pairs of socks for skiing.These should be relatively thin and should extend far up your shin.

Smartwool PhD Ski Medium [M / W]

Icebreaker [Unisex]


2 pair Heavyweight Socks

If it gets cold, you’ll be glad you have some warm socks!

Smartwool Mountaineer [Unisex]

Browning Hosiere [Unisex] (Best Buy)


3-4 pairs underwear

We like cheap synthetic options.

Lightweight gloves

These should be light to mid weight gloves. Fleece gloves and light soft shell options work well.

Midweight Gridtech [Unisex]

Link to Sierra Trading Post [M / W]


Waterproof insulated gloves and/or mittens

Should be very warm. Cold hands deserve mittens sized to fit over medium weight glove. Opt for models with leather palms.

OR Arete [M / W]

BD Glissade Mitts [Unisex]

Link to Sierra Trading Post [M / W]



A warm hat to keep your head warm! Tight knit wool works the best. If all your other layers have hoods you may not need a beanie.

Marmot Summit Hat [Unisex]

BD Ben Beanie [Unisex]


Hat with visor

A cap to help shield your eyes from the sun.

Patagonia LoPro Truckers [Unisex]


Neck gaiter or Balaclava

Shield your face from the wind / cover your nose. Other layers may negate the need for this.

Buff [Unisex]

OR Option Balaclava [Unisex]


REQUIRED Personal Equipment:

2 x 1 Liter Water Bottles

A standard Nalgene for hot water bottle at night and one 32 oz vacuum insulated (like Hydroflask) is ideal but not necessary.

32 oz Hydroflask

32 oz Klear Vacuum Insulated  (Best Buy)

1 L Nalgene (Best Buy)



Polarized is great for snow. Must block UVA/UVB. The more coverage the better.

Native Eyewear

The Clymb


Ski Goggles

Light lenses are nice for cloudy days. When the sun is bright, you’ll probably be in sunglasses.

Bolle Carve (Best Buy)

Sierra Trading Post



SPF 15 or greater. A couple to leave in your pockets.

Burts Bees



SPF 30+. Small (3oz) tube you can carry with you.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer



  • Camera (or smartphone)

  • Down booties

  • Small thermos

  • Mittens

Equipment provided by Expedition

You are invited to bring your own if you wish. If you are bringing your own, please contact us so that we can make sure that you will be comfortable.

  • Alpine touring ski boots

  • Alpine touring skis w/ skins

  • Ski poles

  • Technical ice tools

  • Crampons

  • Helmet

  • Avalanche beacon, shovel, & probe

  • 0°F Synthetic Sleeping bag

  • 60 liter backpack

  • Foam Sleeping pad

  • Bowl, spork, and insulated cup


If you have any questions about this list, need more specific recommendations, or question whether or not items you already own are sufficient, please contact our Trip Manager

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