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Ski Base Layers & Thermal Underwear

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What Are Ski Base Layers?

Ski base layers, or ski thermals, are the layer of ski clothing that you wear closest to your skin. Their goal is to keep you warm on the slopes and help regulate your body temperature. The best base layers for skiing are those that are tight-fitting but also breathable. This is so any moisture is wicked away thereby keeping you warm and dry.

When it comes to base layers, they should cover you from top to bottom, so it’s recommended that you get a shirt as well as pants. Thermal tops come in short and long sleeve and thermal pants can be full length, ¾ length or in the form of shorts.

Are Thermals and Base Layers the Same?

Yes! There are many different names used to describe your ski underwear but they are all referring to the same thing, whether this is base layers, thermals, long underwear or ski long johns. More important is the material that it is made from. This is usually a synthetic material such as polyester, merino wool, or a combination of the two. It’s important to avoid cotton, as this will absorb sweat.

Once you’ve got your base layer sorted, you’ll need to get a Mid Layer to help retain the warm air.

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