Shop the ski trend that’s taking over the world. You can wear them on and off the slopes.

Ski Mask & Balaclava

While ski masks—or balaclavas—gained steam in the activewear world, they’ve recently become a major trend of the cold weather months, styled for urban everyday wear that will have you feeling sporty while you stay toasty warm.

Pro Tip 😎

Traditionally, a ski mask covers your entire head, leaving room for only your face to emerge.

It keeps all of your hair tucked behind the all-encompassing knit, covering your head like a beanie, neck like a snood, and even your chin like a great bulky scarf.

In other words, it’s an all-in-one knitwear must-have that will ensure there is no frostbite in your future. 

what to look for

And, while you might very well want to shop a lightweight, moisture-wicking wool that fits effortlessly under your ski helmet this season, high-fashion designers have taken the look and run with it, designing cashmere styles, detachable hoods, and down puffer-filled options as well.

For a ski mask and balaclava that fits not only your every need but the personal style of both you and all your friends, shop our favorite seasonal ski masks below.


Best Overall Ski Mask

Kule The BG Moritz Ski Mask

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Choose Kule’s collaboration with iconic store Bergdorf Goodman by shopping a balaclava ski mask in the store’s well-known shades of purple and white.

Best Cashmere Ski Mask

Bogner Berny Cashmere Balaclava

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This whimsical bright is a looser take on the ski mask trend, making for a great cool-girl vibe that you can wear on or off the slopes.

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Best Tech Balaclava

Matek Motmot Balaclava

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You’ll love this fashionable ski tech brand, starting with their brimmed ski mask that will wick moisture, fit under your helmet, and be fit for après-ski wear all the while.

Best Lightweight Ski Mask

Icebreaker Oasis Wool Winter Unisex Balaclava

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When it comes to performance wear, Icebreaker should be one of your first stops. Shop their ski mask that you can pull up over your mouth or scrunch under your chin with moisture-wicking wool that’s lightweight and comfortable.

Pick the right ski pants that can boost your performance.

Best Classic Ski Mask

Joseph Ribbed Cashmere Balaclava

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Keep it classic with a black cashmere ribbed hat that covers your face like your favorite cold weather ski mask and can be effortlessly worn while skiing or while far from the slopes.

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Best Embellished Ski Mask

Simone Rocha Embellished Alpaca Wool-Blend Ski Mask

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Go high-fashion with your ski mask by opting for this Simone Rocha style that’s embellished with a floral pattern around the face opening.

Wear it with a matching fingerless gloves.

Best Puffer Ski Mask

Eugenia Kim Demetria Reversible Puffer Balaclava

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For the coldest days of the year, opt for a ski mask that is infused with puffer appeal, just like your favorite arctic coat or jacket.

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Best Hood Style

Lisa Yang Jackie Balaclava

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If your ski mask style is more urban in appeal, shop this cashmere hood style from Lisa Yang.

Style it with a coordinated knit or wear with your most sporty activewear, but no matter how you rock it, you’ll look like the coolest girl on the block.


Khaite London Cashmere Balaclava

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For those looking to wear a ski mask on the regular, try one with a fun-loving pom-pom on the top like this cashmere balaclava from Khaite.


The North Face High Tech Balaclava

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No ski round-up is complete without a North Face inclusion, including this lightweight ski mask that is a great underlayer on cold, windy days.

Another great layering option for your ski pants are fleece lined leggings.


Last Balaclava Red Knit

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This bright red ski mask does double duty as a sweater with an extended dickie style that will keep you warm underneath any of your outer layers.


Shrimps Brixton Balaclava

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Get whimsy with your ski mask style by shopping this colorful Shrimps style that’s printed all over with a cherry pattern.

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Perfect Moment Embroidered Striped Merino Wool-Jacquard Balaclava

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Keep it sporty with active brand Perfect Moment, who crafted this classic black ski mask with a graphic double line around the neck for added style.


Smartwool Merino 250 Balaclava

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You’ll love this super soft ski mask for the most active of slope-side days, designed in black and gray by performancewear brand Smartwool.

Pro Tip


While you might feel too constricted at first, give it a try. A ski mask is an all-in-one that you’re sure to fall in love with quickly, and you’ll say good-bye to dry lips on the slopes.

From cashmere pom poms to structured puffers; slim performancewear and more, shop our favorite ski masks of the season right here.

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