What to Wear at a Ski Resort When Not Skiing

If you’re not skiing at a ski resort, you should still have winter clothing to stay comfortable. This includes a waterproof jacket, hat, gloves, and good footwear. You should also consider having layers to adjust for different temperatures. 

I’m Christine, the founder of this blog and a lifelong skier. I love everything about skiing, and I also love being at ski resorts. I’ve spent enough time at them to know what you should wear if you’re not skiing. 

This post will provide tips on what to wear at a ski resort when you’re not skiing. I’ll give you a breakdown of all the clothing and equipment you should consider wearing, so you stay comfortable. 

Let’s get to it. 

Key Takeaways

  • You should still have warm winter clothing if you are visiting a ski resort but not skiing. This includes a waterproof jacket, gloves, hat, layers, and suitable footwear. You probably don’t need snow pants. 
  • If you spend any time outdoors during your ski resort visit, you will likely encounter cold weather and snow. That’s why you should still have all the winter clothing mentioned above. 
  • You don’t need to worry about certain skiing equipment items such as goggles, helmets, or snow pants if you aren’t skiing. 

What to Wear at a Ski Resort When Not Skiing

If you are visiting a ski resort but not skiing, you still need to pay attention to what you wear. Ski resorts are cold-weather destinations, and you should be prepared for this if you want to stay warm and comfortable during your stay. 

You don’t need all of the equipment you would want if you were skiing, but you should still consider having all of the items below: 

Waterproof Jacket

A good waterproof jacket is one of the most essential items to keep you warm and dry at the ski resort. Even if you don’t plan on spending that much time outdoors, a jacket will help when you need to walk to the car or anywhere else at the resort. 

You want your jacket to be fully waterproof because it is likely to snow when you are at the resort. You should also have one with adequate insulation to keep you warm. 


Gloves are another essential item you’ll want at the resort if you aren’t skiing. You can get away with using lighter gloves to get around, but you’ll still want something covering your hands for when you are walking around outside. 


A warm winter hat is also highly recommended if you want to stay warm at the ski resort. A beanie hat made of a nice synthetic or natural fiber will help keep your body heat up whenever you are outside. 


You’ll want to have a few layers with you to adjust to any temperature or weather changes. Like when you are skiing, it’s good to consider having a base layer, mid layer, and outer layer. 

Your outer layer will be your jacket. Your middle layer can be something like a sweater or sweatshirt. Your base layer can be a light shirt like a t-shirt, but it’s also a good idea to get a proper thermal if you want to be as warm as possible. 

Boots/Good Footwear

Winter boots or other adequate footwear are also recommended. These will not only keep your feet warm but also help prevent slipping and sliding while walking out in the snow. Have a nice pair of warm socks as well. 

What to Wear at Night on Ski Holiday

You still want to be warm, comfortable, and cozy off the slopes when you’re not skiing. I usually like having a good pair of sweatpants and a hoody if I’m just hanging out at the lodge or hotel room after skiing. 

But if you plan on going out, you can wear whatever you want – just make sure you bring your jacket, gloves, and hat so you can bundle up whenever you head outside. If you dress for cold weather, you should be just fine. 

What to Do at a Ski Resort if You Don’t Ski

There are actually many things you can do at a ski resort if you don’t ski. Many popular resorts have a lot of shopping and dining options, and you can wander around the base area and get any goodies you want. 

Some locations also have other winter activities like ice skating or sledding that can be fun if you don’t want to ski. And another option is to curl up with a good book by the fireplace in the lodge or at the hotel. 

If you get a little creative, you’ll easily be able to find something to do at the ski resort if you don’t want to ski. 

Final Thoughts

You should still be prepared for cold weather when you’re not skiing at the ski resort. This means having a waterproof jacket, gloves, hat, and good footwear whenever you go outside. If you have those essentials, you’ll be comfortable at all times. 

What do you wear at the ski resort when not skiing? Let me know in the comments below.  

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