Outerwear is vital in keeping you warm on the slopes. SkiEnthusiast.com recommends the Three Layer System because it is the most versatile and can be used year round for various sports. The three later system consists of a base moisture wicking layer. The middle layer consists of fleeces for warmth. The top layer is the water proof, breathable jacket and pants.
SkiEthusiast has had excellent results with Underarmor and Hot Chilly’s for base layers. For fleeces, we use Underarmor or North Face. For jackets and pants, I use exclusively North Face and my wife uses Arc’Teryx. North Face’s customer service is outstanding and my equipment has held up for 15 years and it still looks good (all zippers functioning great and never wet in rain or ice). My wife has had similar results with Arc’Teryx. For kids, we recommend LL Beam. There return policy is excellent and they have expandable sleeves for growth.
I also recommend to wear a base layer (thin moisture wicking fabric glove) beneath your outer gloves. These will provide added warmth and provide a flexible warm barrier if you need to remove your outer glove for any reason. In addition, you always want to carry a moisture wicking fabric face mask for when conditions are windy or really cold. It is easy for your face to get frost nip if you are not careful.
Major manufacturers’ websites for ski jackets, pants, base layers, insulation layers and gloves are included below:
Arc’Teryx | Burton | Columbia | Helly Hansen | Mammut | Marmot | Mountain Equipment Co-op
Mountain Hardware | North Face | Oakley | Obermeyer | Orage | Patagonia
Salomon | Spyder | Volcom
Additional links for base layer and gloves include:
Cloudveil | Dakine | Gordini | Hot Chilly’s | Icebreaker | Kombi
Louis Garneau | Manzella | Polar Max | Rossignol