Ski sweaters to take you straight to your apres ski!
Apres Ski Sweater
With ski season in full swing, it’s time to start packing for your next trip! Save valuable suitcase space by packing sweaters you can wear on and off the slopes.
We’ve picked out the best apres ski sweaters to take you from the mountainside to the fireside.
Check out our ultimate apres ski guide 2023 for full your perfect apres ski outfits.
WHAT IS Apres SKI SWEATER?
It’s a ski sweater that you can wear for apres ski activities.
Unlike your everyday winter sweater, your ski and apres-ski sweater has an important role in your layering, it needs to be just right. Warm but not too warm, fitted but not too fitted, just the right amount of breathability.
To help find your Goldilocks apres ski sweater, look for something that considers performance but also fashion.
After all, it can be a great way to bring your personal style to the slopes and take you straight to your apres.
These double-duty ski and apres ski sweaters keep you warm and looking stylish from Stowe, VT to Queenstown, New Zealand.
Good layering is the key to comfort when skiing and during your apres. You want layers that can be added if it’s chillier than expected or you can shed if you heat up.
For ultimate warmth customization, try a quarter zip for your ski sweater.
Now, all you need is a pair of apres ski boots to complete your look.
OUR TOP PICKS
We love a ski sweater that can do it all.
Designed for versatility, this sporty quarter zip adds extra warmth on the slopes, during your apres festivities, or even paired with your best cool girl denim.
Keeping people warm in harsh elements since 1877, it’s safe to say Helly Hansen knows what it’s doing!
This merino hoodie-style ski sweater is perfect for a day out in the cold and it’s also cute enough to keep on for apres ski.
The elevated basic turtleneck ski sweater is sure to become your favorite, from the slopes to the city. The gorgeous red wool-silk blend adds a pop of color to any outfit.
We Norwegians’ tonal-beige and white ski sweater redefines the classic Fair Isle style.
With its looser, perfectly oversized fit and turtleneck collar, you’ll be bundled up and won’t have to sacrifice style.
All you need is a colorful beanie to match your apres ski sweater.
Banana Republic’s Bosque Oversized Fair Isle Sweater was practically made to be seen on the slopes.
Its cowl-style turtleneck collar is also perfect for sipping hot cocoa by the fire in the lodge before dinner. Wear winter Chelsea boots to keep you warm.
Bandier takes the classic houndstooth pattern we know and love and gives it a sporty twist.
A modern, wicking performance bodysuit that also makes for fantastic apres ski wear. And don’t worry about on and off, there are snaps!
You can never go wrong with a turtleneck for your apres ski sweater. Uniqlo’s HEATTECH is bio-warming, insulating, moisturizing, and moisture-wicking.
Combined with its fitted style, it’s the ultimate wardrobe staple that you’ll find yourself reaching for every time you pack for a ski trip. As well as the fleece lined leggings.
The colorful, patterned heritage-inspired cuffs are the perfect addition to this fitted mock-neck thermal ski sweater.
Plus the thumb holes help keep your sleeves in place when layered under your ski suit and add an extra level of comfort later when you’re sipping your hot beverage of choice.
If Fair Isle isn’t your style, this understated cream ski sweater still gives you an apres-chic vibe. Plus the cashmere blend will help keep you toasty!
Dress for your climate. If you’re going somewhere like the Pacific Northwest, look for something more waterproof.
But if it’s a sunnier destination, you can opt for a lightweight baselayer, or layer up for the notoriously cold Vermont. Just make sure to check the weather before you pack!
From heritage style Fair Isle knits to contemporary performance materials, you want a ski sweater style that looks just as cool from Portillo to Paris.
With limited suitcase (and closet!) space, these sweaters will expand your ski gear and your winter wardrobe.
TIPS FOR BUYING A SKI SWEATER
For the best double-duty ski sweaters, performance materials and natural fibers (like merino wool, cashmere, and even silk) are your best friends.
Some brands are even combining natural materials with modern tech, like Helly Hansen.
Here’s the lowdown on what material is what:
- Synthetics performance-driven fabrics are wicking and durable. Look for materials like polyester or even blends of nylon, polypropylene, rayon, and spandex.
- Wools are fantastic natural fabrics, with amazing temperature regulation—it wicks well but cools too. Look for a wool and spandex blend for additional fit and flexibility.
- Silk is a less popular choice, but sometimes you’ll see it in a blend, like the Intimissimi wool and silk turtleneck. It’s perfect for more low-key adventures since it’s lightweight and has a great feel.
HOW TO WEAR A SKI SWEATER
You should be able to slip your ski sweater under your ski suit or jacket and still have enough room to move.
For your black diamond days, you’re going to want a snug fit that’s next to the skin to wick sweat efficiently.
A looser-fit sweater is better for a more relaxing day on the slopes (or out on the terrace) since you lose wicking efficiency.
Thickness (colder days vs warmer days)
Skiing layers tend to come in three weights: lightweight (for moderate to cool temps), midweight (for cold temps), and heavyweight (for below-freezing temps).
Just remember as your layer gets heavier and thicker, your warmth increases but moisture-wicking and breathability decrease.
So if you’re gearing up for a truly numbing day, layer up your sweaters. A fitted first layer will give you the wicking properties and a sweater on top will give you the insulation you need.
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