Planning to ski or snowboard at the resort this year? Make sure you come prepared.

Ski season is upon us. Just like you, we’re cautiously celebrating one of our favorite times of the year. We’re also making it easier than ever to have a safe, responsible, and fun experience at your favorite inbounds areas.

Winter resorts are eager to invite guests back to the slopes as long as they come prepared. Just like last year, most resorts are saying that a single-layer bandana, scarf, or neck gaiter won’t cut it - skiers and snowboarders are expected to wear a multi-layer, approved face covering.

Don’t get sent home packing before the fun begins. We’re here to help you stay safe and enjoy the slopes in comfort and coverage. Follow our guide below to find the best solution for wherever you’re headed.

If You’re Looking for: The Best Protection + Winter-Level Warmth

Ski resorts are asking you to “mask up” for safety reasons, but you should still find a solution that feels just as comfortable as it is protective.

The Protective Essentials Midweight Balaclava and Lightweight Ubertube were each designed to address these key issues while skiing and snowboarding: (1) The need to protect yourself and others around you, (2) the need for ease of breathability, and (3) the need for warmth in cold mountain environments.

A person wears the Protective Essential Midweight Ubertube outdoors in the snow.A person wears the Protective Essential Midweight Ubertube outdoors in the snow.

Here’s how our Essential Coverage Collection hits all of those requirements, while meeting and exceeding resort guidelines:

  • Must be multi-layered: The Balaclavas and Ubertubes use 2-layer fabrics enhanced by the additional Essential filter. Our filtration technology provides best-in-class breathability. These filters are what sets our Essential Coverage products apart from other options you’ll see on the lifts.
  • Must be worn over nose and mouth: Faces come in all shapes and sizes, which is why both of these products have a nose wire and adjustability to help you find the perfect fit and customization. The ubertubes pull on and off easily, resting around your neck when not in use, so that you can be prepared whenever you come within six feet of another rider.
  • Must be dry: When masks get wet, they lose their efficacy and make it difficult to breathe. That’s why we chose wicking, quick drying, breathable fabrics to hold each filter - so your face would never be subjected to any freeze/thaw cycle.

Psst: Gear Patrol included both the Essential Balaclava and the Essential Ubertube in their roundup of Best Face Masks for Skiing and Snowboarding.

If You’re Looking for: Everyday Protection You Can Wear From the Store to the Slopes

At the end of the day, there are plenty of people who prefer to have a single solution that they can wear on their everyday outings, along with their ski trips. For those, we recommend:

  • The new 3-Layer Face Cover, an ASTM F3502-21 compliant face cover has a built-in integrated filter, so you get an all-in-one solution that’s reusable, washable, and doesn’t require replacement filters.
  • The original, best-selling Face Cover Kit, which comes with a 3-pack of filters that provide naturally breathable coverage. This double-layer face cover with nose wire is adjustable, washable, and shaped to create a more comfortable breathing space for any activity from grocery shopping to exercising.
  • The Small/Kids’ Size Face Cover Kit.
  • The Protective Essential Bandana Kit.


A group of children and adults gather around a campfire while wearing face masks.A group of children and adults gather around a campfire while wearing face masks.

Here’s why the Face Mask Kit has received over 1,900 five-star reviews:

  • Naturally Breathable Coverage. This award-winning, best-selling Face Cover and 3-pack of Filters use a roomy design to provide you with a more comfortable breathing space for any activity from running errands, to exercising indoors, to hitting the slopes.
  • Adjustable & Customizable Fit: Say goodbye to foggy goggles with the customizable nose wire, and use the adjustable ear loops to cinch the mask up comfortably to your face.
  • Built to Last: Durable polyester fabric outperforms cotton in a 10,000+ cycle abrasion test, and is faster to dry and wick moisture, making it more than mountain-ready against weather, sweat, and whatever else comes your way.

Thinking of venturing out further? Make sure to read our Going Deeper series, starting with What a Ski Guide Wants You to Know Before Going into the Backcountry This Year.

Check Out Our Winter 2021 Snow Kit Guide

Find The Perfect Ride, Ski and Snow Gear for Your Winter on the Slopes

Enjoying the coldest months of the year starts with having the right gear. Comfort, protection, style, and warmth-enhancing features – you can have it all. Explore skiing, snowboarding, and snow kits built to take you further wherever you play outside.

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