From Tahoe to the Swiss Alps, snowboarders wait all year for clear blue skies and ideal snow conditions. If you’re hitting the slopes six months out of the year, from November to April, you need versatile snowboarding gear that works for 60-degree weatherboarding and will keep you warm on a chairlift when it’s below zero and threatening to hail.
First and foremost, good snowboarding gear involves layering, which means taking as much care choosing a long sleeve base as choosing snow pants. You wouldn’t skimp on snowboarding boots, so why skimp on your jacket? This winter, prioritize finding a hat that will actually fit comfortably under your helmet so you don’t have to keep readjusting. Find the stylish vest that provides good insulation and looks better than the old-school puffed-up vests that haven’t looked sleek since the mid ‘90s.
As you’re scoping out your après-ski spots and browsing for a new board, check out these snowboarding gear essentials that will keep you looking put together and winter-ready. Great snowboarding gear should fit well and look polished on and off the mountain.
Marmot Radius Jacket for Men
Slim-fitting, waterproof, and breathable, the Marmot jacket layers well and has tons of storage space for your phone (and GoPro). The denim color will help your buddies pick you out on the slopes, too.
NorthFace Women’s Wool Baselayer Long Sleeve Crew Neck
This merino wool baselayer is light, and it features a “low-profile overlock for improved comfort.” Feels great under your down jacket, looks stylish when you take it off in the chalet. It’s a win-win.
Canada Goose Men’s Tundra Bib Overall
The bib look is back in for skiers and snowboarders, and bib snow pants keep your core warm and extra protected. Canada Goose gear might be pricey, but the insulation is worth every penny.
Women’s Burton Fly Pants
Burton says these pants are a “favorite for pros like Kelly Clark and Chloe Kim.” They’re waterproof and have inner thigh vents that come in handy for warmer-weather snowboarding.
Patagonia Men’s Nano-Air Vest
A vest is a must-have snowboarding accessory because it keeps your core insulated and lets you get away with not wearing a down coat for November and December boarding, as long as you layer properly.
Marmot Gibbs Top for Men
This insulated, high-neck top can be seamlessly layered under your down jacket. For fall or spring skiing, you might be able to get away with not wearing anything over it.
Lululemon Fast & Free Non-Reflective Nulux
Lululemon says these are “barely-there, sweat-wicking” tights, and that’s exactly what you want under snow pants: tights that feel nonexistent while providing an extra layer of warmth.
Moncler Corbier Men’s Giubbotto Jacket
The compression sleeves ensure there’s no snow, slush, or dirt getting in when you’re off-road snowboarding. Simultaneously, the water-resistant down shell of this Moncler jacket will keep you warm and dry.
Women’s Burton Ellmore Pullover
Not only would this pullover look perfect with the Burton Fly Pant in chambray, but it’s comfortable and functional with the oversized collar and side pockets.
NorthFace Women’s Harway Vest
Great for layering, the storm flap will protect you from the wind as you speed down the mountain. It’ll stand up to the icy air on the slopes, and is also a key fall accessory to have in your arsenal for weekend trips.
Burton Men’s Branch Beanie
Classy and cozy, this beanie will help keep your body heat where you need it. The knit beanie is a go-to look on and off the slopes.
Canada Goose Women’s Rideau Parka
This parka is the intense down coat you need for dead-of-winter snowboarding. All the base layers in the world won’t do you much good if you’re snowboarding the Alps in the middle of February—and that’s where this coat comes in.