Ask a skier like Nolan Kasper and he'll be quick to tell you that layers need to guard you from the wind and keep you warm on frigid lift rides. But they also should be breathable enough to vent the sweat you build on the ride down, and mobile enough to let you ride unhindered. The good news is that garments are always improving, with new fabrics and fits that vent, stretch, and shelter better than ever before. Here's what to look for.
Socks need to be warm and calf-high, with enough thickness to pad your ankles from the sides of your boots. Antimicrobial fabric is key, too, unless you want them to smell worse than the lodge after a killer apres-ski session. [Smartwool PhD Ski Light, $24, smartwool.com (right); Falke SK2 Skiing Sock, $30, bahnhof.com (left)]
Credit: Photograph by Levi Brown