You don’t have to be a bazillionaire to master outdoor style and look awesome on the slopes. For example, did you know that Walmart has a limited, but inexpensive, collection of ski outfits, including ski pants and jackets for less than $35? Or that you can score an awesome down jacket from L.L.Bean for less than a day’s lift tickets?
How to Pick Budget Ski Outfits
Your outerwear garments, like ski pants, jackets, and gloves, should be waterproof. Test the garments out (perfect excuse to make snow angels) before heading out.
The key to staying warm and dry is layers. Under your waterproof jacket, wear an inexpensive, long sleeve t-shirt with a fleece pullover from a store like Old Navy.
It’s hard to look cute on the slopes when doing the robot walk because of garments that don’t move. Look for pieces that offer movement (like the expensive, but well worth the price, LL Bean Mountain Stretch Pants).
Look, the point is to be warm and cute. Look for stylish options in bright colors and/or black that offer stark contrast to the white snow (a major safety boost). Diva snow gear offers some great fashionable choices and they also offer plus-sized options. Who doesn’t want to look cute on the slopes?
Top Budget-Friendly Ski Outfit Essentials
Way back when I was a teenager living in California, I took a trip to the mountains with my family — armed with only sneakers. Bad move, even for a California girl. I still remember that cold, wet, painful feeling, followed by the burning sensation as my feet returned to a normal temperature. You absolutely need pair of solid, waterproof boots with a thick sole to trudge around in the snow.
Two places to find good winter boots at a low price are Amazon and Sam’s Club. The Columbia boots shown here are available for $80 on Amazon.
If you’re actually going to hit the slopes — versus staying in the lodge and looking cute by the fire — you need a medium-weight jacket that doesn’t restrict movement. Water resistance and insulation are essential features. You can add warmth by wearing a cold-weather, long-sleeved top underneath.
Base layer top
The perfect base layer top wicks away moisture (sweat) and has thermal properties. Fleece is the fabric that accomplishes both tasks. Look for a fleece-lined top that’s fitted without being too tight.
Pants for your ski outfit can set you back big bucks if you’re not careful. Thankfully, there are some budget-friendly options available on Amazon that ski bunnies are raving about. Arctix snow pants are regularly $60, but you can find them as low as $17 if you shop the off-season.
As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine, DrLaura.com, Refinery29, Wellness.com and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.
Thanks for stopping by! I'm Catherine, your Budget Fashionista style editor. I'm a bargain shopper at heart, as I love nice things but hate paying for them! I'm also a personal finance writer who's been featured on USA Today and MSN Money.