Neck Gaiters for Skiing | Our Top 6 Picks for This Winter

Have you ridden a ski lift on a day without a neck gaiter? You can probably remember that cold, stinging wind smashing your throat and mouth. Fortunately, if you get a few neck gaiters then you’ll never have that issue again when skiing. If you are riding with a bandana then a neck gaiter is a must for skiing. Let’s look at 6 that we’ll be wearing on the slopes.

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The Top Neck Gaiters for Skiing

What to Look for in a Good Neck Gaiter for Skiing

Neck gaiters serve 3 purposes, keeping the wind off your face, keeping the snow out and helping you stay warm. Two things that are important in a good neck gaiter are the material and the fit. Here’s what to look for when comparing a bunch of neck gaiters.

Comfortable Material

Merino wool is often touted as one of the most comfortable neck gaiters and it’s also water-resistant. Unlike other fabrics, Merino wool can get wet and still keep you warm. We often opt for a Merino wool neck gaiter when skiing but there are a bunch of other materials to choose from.


A neck gaiter doesn’t need to be burning hot but it should keep you warm on those powder days. A medium-weight merino wool is a good starting point for most ski days. If it is abnormally cold then step up to a heavy-weight neck gaiter. When spring season rolls around, you can break out the lightweight neck gaiters. Lightweight neck gaiters still help with the flurries and wind in the spring season.

A Decent Fit

Proper fitting ski neck gaiters should sit around the bottom of the neck and fit from the jacket, up over the mouth. They shouldn’t be too tight but should fit comfortably and shield from the UVs on bright day. You don’t want your neck gaiter choking you out all day so get one that fits properly!

1. Smartwool Merino 250 Neck Gaiter

merino neck gaiter

Coming in as a mid-weight merino wool, the 250 neck gaiter will get you through November to February skiing. After that, you may want to switch to a lighter-weight neck gaiter or less-dense merino wool gaiter.

Material: 100% merino wool

  • Warm when wet
  • Good length – 10 inches
  • Very warm
  • Limited colors
  • Might be too hot for some people

2. Oakley Neck Gaiter

You can’t go wrong with Oakley and surely not with their neck gaiters. Throw one into your kit even if it’s your spare.

Material: 100% Polyester

  • Quality brand name
  • Keep off the stinging wind
  • Paying extra for the name brand
  • Limited colors

3. BlackStrap The Therma Tube

BlackStap The Therma Tube.

Coming in more than 15 patterns, there is not excuse to not be able to find one you love.

  • Lots of choices in colors
  • Warm
  • Breathable

One size fits most but can run a bit large for some

4. Wool Neck Gaiter for Skiing

Material: 100% merino wool

  • Plenty of colors to choose from
  • Long design
  • Anti-bacterial
  • There are warmer options

5. BlackStrap The Kids Therma Tube

BlackStrap’s kids Therma Tube

Keep them warm on the slopes and put a smile on their face with these cool designs at the same time!

  • Lots of choices in colors
  • Warm
  • Breathable
  • Could possibly grow out of the size eventually.

6. Turtle Fur Neck Gaiter

Turtle Fur neck gaiter

Material: Fleece/ 53% recycled polyester

  • Keeps the wind off
  • Great for sunny days
  • Can get hot

How to Wear a Neck Gaiter for Skiing

To wear a neck gaiter for skiing, make sure you put it on before putting on your ski jacket. The optimal amount to pull the neck gaiter up on the front of the face is covering the nose. On the back of the head, the neck gaiter will come up just below the goggle strap of your ski goggles but wait, there’s one more thing to know!

Make Sure You Avoid This When Wearing A Neck Gaiter Skiing

If there is one thing every skier should know about wearing a neck gaiter, it is to not tuck it into your goggles. For foggy goggles, tuck your neck gaiter into your goggles. You don’t want that! No one does. Keep it just below your goggles and you’ll avoid some serious ski goggle fog.

Final Thoughts on Neck Gaiters for Skiing

Ask yourself if you want your face to be cold when skiing or not? If you don’t, a neck gaiter is one of the simple solutions for keeping your face warm when skiing. We don’t ski without them so why would you? Make your day on the slopes more enjoyable and get yourself a few neck gaiters. Don’t forget to get a crazy-looking one to keep things weird too!

Brianna Lee writes for Proper Peaks and lives in Duluth, MN. Her favorite thing about skiing is the glades. Your have to start in the glades if you want to catch a glimpse of Brianna’s pink ski helmet as she dodges the trees.

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