What To Wear Under Ski Pants?

When heading out on the slopes, it's crucial to be dressed properly. Wearing the wrong ski gear can make you feel clammy, sweaty, overheated or cold. You have your ski jacket, boots and pants, but what will you wear under those? There are many factors to keep in mind, including choosing a breathable fabric. The appropriate underlayers will wick away sweat, keep you warm and help you stay comfortable for hours outside. Leonisa carries a range of clothing items that are perfect as your base layers this winter, such as our moisture-wicking leggings. Keep reading to ensure you have a wardrobe suited for a long day of fun in the snow. 

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Breathable Base Layer

Long underwear is a great option for a base layer in the winter. The important thing is to ensure they are breathable. You will be sweating, and the buildup under your clothes can be uncomfortable and drain your body heat. And instead of just grabbing the first sports bra and panties you can find, you need to ensure they are breathable as well. 

Warm and Climate-Appropriate

Winter is a great time for fun in the snow. But you'll want to ensure your base layer offers proper insulation. Consider how warm the clothing will keep you, whether it's thermal long underwear or double-layer workout leggings. Winter weather conditions also vary based on the time of year and where you're located. Hitting the slopes on a warm, sunny day is much different from heading out in temperatures dropping near zero. Consider the climate when choosing your base layer and deciding how many layers to put on. You might opt for lightweight, midweight or heavyweight layers based on the temperature and conditions.

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Comfortable and Form-Fitting

If you're new to winter sports, you may wonder if you can get away with your favorite pair of jeans or a comfy pair of sweatpants under your ski pants. Jeans, sweatpants, joggers, shorts or loose pants are usually bad choices as a base layer. Ideally, your base layer will be comfortable, soft, flexible and form-fitting. Jeans would be too stiff and rough, likely causing chafing. Joggers and sweatpants would be too baggy, causing you to sweat too much or experience bunching under your ski pants. Look for full-length bottoms that fit you well under your ski pants and will be comfortable when you're at your most active.


Moisture-wicking fabrics are great when it comes to active apparel. They wick sweat away from your body to help keep your body temperature regulated. Moisture-wicking leggings under your ski pants can keep moisture off your body and spread it out so that your clothes aren't soaked through and can dry more quickly.

When shopping for activewear to wear under your ski gear, consider Leonisa's moisture-wicking tanks and sports bras to complete your outfit.

Quality Non-Cotton Materials

Fabric type can have a huge influence on your comfort. Cotton can be a soft, breathable material for sweatshirts, sweatpants and other loungewear, but it's usually not the best option for activewear. Cotton will get wet very easily when you sweat. The fabric becomes saturated quickly and loses its insulating properties. If you wear a cotton base layer for winter sports, you'll likely get chilly quickly. Instead, you may benefit from base layers made of wool, silk, bamboo or synthetic fabrics.

It's What's Underneath That Counts

You're likely to get wet when skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and other winter activities. Your snow gear must be waterproof or water-resistant to keep you dry. But what you wear underneath can be just as important. If you're going out in wet conditions, Leonisa has some great options to keep you warm and comfortable all day long.

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