Skip to Content

Can You Ski in a Parka? Is it Recommended?

A set of friends smiling towards the camera in a skiing resort.

The leaves are falling, the days are getting shorter, and there’s a definite chill in the air. Winter is on its way! As the temperature starts to drop, it’s time to change out your wardrobe to prepare for the colder months ahead. Swap your sandals and shorts for cozy sweaters and boots. Don’t forget to add some warm layers to your wardrobe as well. 

A coat, scarf, and hat will help you stay comfortable when the weather outside is less than ideal. With a few simple pieces of clothing, you’ll generally be all set to enjoy everything that winter has to offer. It does depend a bit on where you live exactly. 

I live in Texas, so I guess I don’t get an opportunity to wear heavy coats very often. But you might need to add a heavier coat to your scarf and hat. Texans sometimes just wear a scarf and hat with a heavy sweater during our winters. Now, if you are planning a ski trip, you’ll definitely need a proper coat.

Canada Goose Jackets

Can you ski in a parka? Is it recommended?

Standing near a tree in ski gear

Skiing is one of the most popular winter activities, but it can also be one of the most dangerous. Every year, people are injured and sometimes even killed by avalanches. As anyone who has ever been caught in an avalanche knows, the key to survival is quick thinking and a good coat.

Well, maybe not, but I wouldn’t want to be in an avalanche without any coat at all, that’s for sure. A parka may provide adequate warmth, but it can be bulky and unwieldy in an emergency situation. A puffer jacket is more lightweight, usually with a more slippery material on the outside, and easy to get around in.

You’ll want to look for one with superior insulation; perhaps order one custom-made. It’s the insulation that can be vital in a cold mountain environment, more so than the type of coat. 

I think a puffer jacket with superior insulation and a hood would be the better choice for skiing, both in terms of comfort and style. A coat like this High Neck Cotton Parka | Hickory | TOAST might be too unwieldy for skiing. 

I’ll never forget the time I went skiing camp as a kid and ended up wearing a parka the whole time. It was the middle of winter, and I had packed my bag the night before in a hurry. In the morning, I realized that I had forgotten to pack my winter coat.

Skiing in the snow by trees wearing ski pants

I looked through my closet and found a heavy parka that my mom had bought me for a trip to Alaska. I figured it would do the trick. When I got to camp, I quickly realized that everyone else was wearing skis and lift tickets around their necks.

I felt really out of place in my big, huge coat. It could have been that the parka was too big for me at the time, or maybe it was some kind of antique, but I was pretty uncomfortable. I tried to act as if I belonged by walking around with my arms crossed, but it was pretty obvious that I didn’t know what I was doing.

The other kids must have thought I was crazy. Thankfully, I made some friends who were willing to teach me the ropes. By the end of the week, I was skiing like a pro – and ditching the parka for a more stylish outfit.

I once knew a woman who always liked to ski in a parka. In fact, she swore by it, and she refused to wear anything else on the slopes. Her reasoning was that the parka kept her warm and dry, and she didn’t see any reason to suffer for the sake of fashion.

Of course, she did look a bit like a mummy skiing down the mountain, but she didn’t seem to mind. And to her credit, she never once caught a cold while skiing in her parka – and never ran into, or under, any avalanches, as far as I know. So I guess you could say it worked for her.

Recommendations for Staying Warm on the Ski Slopes

Standing near a tree in ski gear

Here is a great example of a stylish and functional puffer jacket that you could wear if you have an upcoming ski trip. It’s water repellent with lots of high-quality insulation. You might be a little too warm, though, if you are very highly active on the slopes. 

The modern parkas seen in the department stores today seem to be quite a bit more stylish than the ones I had as a kid, so don’t shy away from considering one for your ski trip. You can also find a custom-made parka that can be made exactly to your specifications, and I bet that would make all the difference.

It’s worth checking it out. You can find custom-made puffer jackets too. There are plenty of creators on Etsy who made them, so I recommend having a look at those options in addition to checking out some shorter but well-insulated puffer jackets to wear on your ski trip. And don’t forget sunglasses! That snow is brighter than the sun out there. 

Canada Goose Outer wear