Keeping your hands and fingers warm on the slopes is absolutely essential to enjoying your upcoming ski getaway. And not just any gloves will do. You need the best gloves for skiing: ones that will repel moisture if you take a tumble in the snow, let you whizz downhill without being stung by the wind, and look cool enough to match with your other ski gear.
In case you haven’t read up already, we also recommend the best ski jackets and ski boots, plus ski car racks (to get you there) and ski tuning equipment (to keep your skis, if you own your own, in tip-top shape).
Here, we focus on the best ski gloves -- and a few mitten options -- that will keep you toasty on the slopes. We also include a brief guide that takes ski glove specs into consideration.
The Best Gloves For Skiing
Want ski mittens? I don’t blame you. They’re super comfy and way easier to drop hand warmers in. This pair, also featured in our review of the best mittens of 2020, is made for snowboarders, skiers, and ice fishers, and has a slew of wonderful features. The mittens have an average 4.5 star rating from nearly 200 reviewers, who appreciate their extra long cuffs (which can be cinched closed with the built-in cord-and-toggle system), adjustable wrist straps, and zippered pockets (similar to the key and card pockets on our top-pick gloves). One reviewer, who gave them five stars, even compared them to brand-name Outdoor Research mittens.
WindRider makes these mittens with a Cordura nylon shell, 3M Thinsulate, soft fleece, and a Gore-Tex-like Hipora coating. They come in sizes X-Small to XX-Large, which increases your chance of a good fit, and are backed by the company’s customer service, which numerous reviewers rave about. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees that they’re truly waterproof, so it might be best to think of them as water resistant to avoid disappointment. Additionally, be aware that if the thumb fits, the rest of the mitten may feel a bit longer than it should depending on your hand size.
- Name brand Thinsulate insulation
- Gore-Tex-like Hipora coating
- Comparable to Outdoor Research mittens
- Not completely waterproof
- Mittens mean less dexterity than gloves
- Proportions may be a little off
- Available in 6 sizes
- Zippered pocket for key or cards
- Adjustable wrist and cuff for better fit
- Brand: WindRider
- Sizes: X-Small to XX-Large
- Material: Nylon, fleece
These high-tech heated mittens also made our best mittens of 2020 review, but given their high-end features and sporty design, they deserve the consideration of skiers, too. Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, these lambskin mittens are available in seven sizes and three colors. They work in three different heat settings.
Reviewers give these mittens high praise: They have a 4.7 average star rating, and over 75 percent of their reviewers award them 5 stars. In the product Q&A, one reviewer says her daughter wore the gloves during a ski trip to Park City, and they kept her warm and dry. Another says the 2-inch by 2-inch by 3/8-inch battery pack “will not hinder your skiing at all.”
For folks with cold hands, these could mean more time, and enjoyment, on the slopes. Keep in mind, though, that they’re the most expensive option on our list. Even with their three-finger design, mittens allow less dexterity than gloves, and these gloves are bulkier than our WindRider pick because of their battery packs.
- Rechargeable batteries
- Extra long, adjustable cuffs
- 3-finger design allows for more dexterity than most gloves
- Most expensive option on our list
- Mittens mean less dexterity than gloves, even with 3-finger design
- Bulkier and heavier because of battery packs
- Available in 7 sizes and 3 colors
- 3 heat settings
- Higher-end materials
- Brand: Savior Heat
- Sizes: X-Small to XXX-Large
- Materials: Leather, fleece, cotton
If you want an option that gets toasty like Savior’s heated mittens but allows you more dexterity and doesn’t cost a fortune, consider LUWATT's heated winter gloves. As with Savior’s mittens, you’ll be able to choose from three heat settings. But you’ll also be able to move your fingers independently -- at least as much as insulated gloves allow.
They have elasticized and belted wrists and extra-long cuffs that will keep the wind out. Like Savior’s heated mittens, these gloves can operate off of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries (included). Reviewers note that they’re water-resistant and practical, even if you don’t turn the heat on.
Note that they only come in two sizes (large and extra-large) and will be bulkier and heavier than regular glove or mitten options since they include the batteries.
- Adjustable and elasticized wrists + extra-long cuffs keep the wind out
- Affordable heated mitten option
- Only come in two sizes
- Will be bulkier and heavier considering they require batteries
- Available in 2 sizes and color combination
- 3 heat settings
- Use lithium-ion batteries (included)
- Brand: LUWATT
- Size: Large, Extra-Large
- Material: PU leather palm, other materials not specified
Gloves For Skiing Buying Guide
You may not have thought much about glove specifications before turning to the internet to find the best ski gloves for you. Of course, you already know you want a pair of gloves that will fit well and keep you warm. There are a few other ski-specific considerations to keep in mind as you browse, too. Here’s what we suggest you be mindful of, based on our ski glove research.
You’ll notice that our roundup includes only gloves with longer cuffs. This is because you don’t want the cold and snow wiggling between your coat sleeve and the cuff of your gloves. Gloves with cuffs you can cinch tight provide even more protection.
You’ll be using the palms of your gloves, even if you don’t ski with poles. But especially if you do, know that leather or synthetic leather glove palms can contribute to a better grip, no taking your hands out of your gloves required.
Gloves you can grab in the checkout line at the grocery store are significantly different than expensive gloves made of leather or high-quality synthetic materials. Pay less, and your gloves might not be as warm, grippy, or well made. Lots of Amazon reviewers note that less-expensive gloves’ seams start coming undone before they feel they’ve gotten their money’s worth out of them. Consider whether you can invest more in a pair of gloves that you’ll wear for winters to come, and buy accordingly.
Zipper pockets, adjustable belts, cord-and-toggle systems, heating elements: There are so many extra features you can opt for in your skiing gloves. You probably don’t need them all, and it would be difficult to find “everything” in one pair, but consider what types of gloves you’ve liked before, or what features you wished your last pair of gloves had, and prioritize finding a pair that meets that requirement.
None of the gloves on this list are one size fits most, and that’s a good thing. You need to buy gloves that are the right size for you, and if you’re ordering online, that means you need to consult the manufacturer’s sizing guide. Don’t assume you wear a size Medium just because your last gloves were Mediums. There’s no standardization in glove or mitten sizing. It’s also a good idea to read reviews. If lots of reviewers are saying a pair of gloves runs large or small, consider sizing up or down accordingly.
Would You Consider Mittens?
Mittens can be incredibly cozy and, depending on the style you buy, you can actually layer thin gloves under mittens for even more protection. People with circulation issues or particularly cold hands (myself included) may find mittens more comfortable, and there are numerous ski-specific options, like the WindRider mittens we recommend.