This winter, spend more time on the snow and less time in the lodge thawing frozen paws.

1) The Hestra Wakayama’s retro-style aniline-dyed cowhide, simple wrist cinch of paracord, and thick wool lining make it ideal for moving from the slopes through après-ski to nights on the town. 

2) Swiss brand Mammut chose goat leather rather than cowhide for increased dexterity in its Alvier gloves – along with a boxed finger design to reduce bunching when gripping ski poles. A full Gore-Tex construction blocks wind and moisture, and Prima-Loft Silver insulation gives the liner the softness of down, minus its tendency to clump. 

3) Some ski gloves get cold not because they lack insulation, but because they’re too rigid to let you easily move your digits. Helly Hansen’s Powderqueen HT women’s gloves have a soft, weatherproof goatskin outer married to a warm Thinsulate and microfleece liner. The glove’s sock-style cuff keeps snow out, but if your jacket has an inner sleeve, you might want a glove without an integrated cuff. 

4) The Seirus Hellfire Glove is built to combat frigid days and ridgeline winds with a sleeved, windproof and waterproof design and a 12-hour, rechargeable battery-powered heater that warms the backs of hands and wraps around fingertips. The gauntlet style fits over cinched parka sleeves, and textured palms provide a sure grip.

5) With Swany’s ski-racing heritage, it makes sense that its Light Speed Mitt is designed with protection in mind. The full-leather, waterproof construction is multilayered for extra protection around the crook of your thumb and pre-curved to grip poles with less effort. Lightly armored knuckles shield hands through steeps or trees. 

Photo by Chris Plavidal/styling by Heidi Adams.