how to take care of your snow pants

Wear & Care Tips For your new snow pants

So you just hooked yourself up with a new pair of snow pants? Awesome! Let’s make sure that you get the most out of them while keeping them in great shape!

Your ski or snowboard pants are ready to be sprayed with fresh snow from the second they arrive at your door, so no need for any extra repellant or treatments.

Snow Pants Features

Let’s start off with some of the common features you should be aware of to maximize the use of your new pants!

This can vary a little bit between pants but will hold true in most cases.  So read on and explore your pants!


This is a very important function and a must have for snow pants, no matter how good breathability they have. 

Using this feature frequently will make your days in the slopes better, much better actually.

If you start to feel sweaty, make sure to open up the ventilation, both on your jacket and your pants.

The goal is to stay dry and warm. Letting the steam out before it turns into moist is key. When you get wet from sweat, it is only a matter of time before you start to feel cold.

So befriend your ventilation pockets.


Snow pants pockes

And speaking of pockets, your new pants will (most likely) have a lot of handy pockets.

Your standard zipped pockets on the top front of the pants are good for anything with batteries you want to prolong. These pockets tend to stay much warmer than say, for example, your cargo pockets on the legs.

Cargo pockets are great if you have something that is a little bulkier. Having bulky items in your top pockets will restrict movement a bit, and can hurt if you fall, therefore not the best idea.

Adjustable Waist

snow pants adjustable waist

All pants are ready to be used and worn with your own belt. But many already have functions to help your pants to stay up, even without a belt. This adjustable waist is usually made with velcro straps using strong elastic, so you can adjust for a perfect fit.

Snow Pants FAQ's

We get a lot of questions regarding snow pants. We have gathered some of the most common ones here and answered them for you. We hope you will find everything you are looking for and more.

What To Wear Under Ski Or Snowboard Pants?

Base layer pants. Simple as that, and adjust the number of layers depending on the temperature outside. You can also use a base layer and a second layer that are a pair of warm fleece pants or similar.

thermal underwear

How To Wash Ski Or Snowboard Pants?

First, check your washing instruction label.

If your ski clothes can be machine washed, use cold water and the delicate cycle with low spin speed. A gentle detergent or one made for waterproof outerwear should be used.

Preferably, wash the pants by themselves and make sure to close all pockets before washing.

How Long Should Your Ski Pants be?

snow pants length

Good question! Snow pants should be longer than your normal everyday pants. This is to make sure that they fit well over your ski or snowboarding boot.

A good aim is that they should be about 8-12 centimetres longer than your normal pants. This will make sure that they fit over your boot in a good enough way.

At What Temperature To Use Insulated Snow Pants?

A common question, but without a definite answer. Everyone differs with regards to how hot or cold they get on the slopes. A good general guideline though is that if you are skiing in temperatures lower then -0 to -5, lightly insulated pants will be nice. Then be sure to use the ventilation on them to get rid of extra steam if needed.

If you are skiing a lot in the spring, shell pants without insulation might be a better option. But if you are going for one pair of pants, a lightly insulated pair is the best general bet.

What Is The Difference Between Snowboarding And Skiing Pants?

Ski vs Snowboard pants

The biggest difference between the two is what you have under your feet. Snowboard or skis…

With that said though, some manufacturers have different models for snowboarding and skiing. And the difference usually lays in the crotch, where snowboard pants are wider to allow for a wider range of movement.

However, for many, or even most pants, skiing and snowboarding pants are the same.

What Do You Wear Under Snow Pants In Spring?

Usually, never go skiing without a base layer. The base layer will help to get rid of moisture to keep you dry and also warm.

But if it gets so warm that you really can not have the extra warmth from base layer pants, try to get rid of them and ride with open ventilation on your snow pants.

Experiment until you find you’re own fine line between when it’s worth wearing a base layer or not.

At some point, the extra warmth ain’t going to be worth the excess sweat. Find your perfect balance!

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