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(The Gear Loop) - Staying warm on the slopes this winter is a fine balancing act. After all, you need to stay warm without overheating or feeling like you’e stumbled onto the chairlift feeling a bit like the Michelin Man.

As we pointed out in our guide to layering, the days of bulky insulated ski kit are on their way out and we are now faced with ever-lighter technical garments that are built to perform without the excess weight.

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Along with getting lighter and more efficient, it could be argued that these high-tech garments are now getting more complicated and many of them only perform at their best when situated as part of a layering system.

If you need a reminder of how a good layering system for skiing looks, check out the guide, otherwise we’ve compiled what we feel is one of the bets layering systems for women this winter. 

The ultimate ski layering wardrobe for women

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Falke SK Energizing Light Wool Skiing knee-high socks

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These super-technical ski socks wick perspiration, are padded in all the right places and have a slight compression fit, promoting blood flow.

They are hugely comfortable in bulky ski boots and can be worn all day, without worrying about overly sweaty feet by then end of it. 

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Falke Wool-Tech Light Panties

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It might seem far-fetched to have technical underwear, but merino wicks sweat, reduces odour and these stay firmly in place while you’re climbing.

A good layering system always starts with the garments closest to your skin. Get those right, and you'll be warm and comfortable throughout the day.

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Helly Hansen LIFA Merino Midweight 2-in-1 Graphic Half-zip Base layer

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Uniquely constructed with an interior of LIFA Stay Warm tech and merino outer, this base layer top is warm but breathable, fast-wicking and with odour control properties.

The half-zip and high neck are useful for keeping out the chill and cutting down on more bulk around the neck from a separate snood.

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Helly Hansen LIFA Merino Midweight 2-in-1 Graphic Base Layer Pants

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Like the top, these pants are a midweight pitched at both colder and warmer days. Made with a two-layered fabric of LIFA interior and merino outer, the pants are breathable, warm, have excellent moisture management — wicking sweat away from the skin — as well as natural odour control.

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Patagonia R1 Air full-zip hoody

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This lightweight, breathable and quick-drying fleece is the perfect midlayer for ski touring, with off-shoulder seams designed to sit comfortably under a backpack and a hoody for extra warmth

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Rab Cirrus Flex 2 vest

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This is a practical mix of (recycled) synthetic insulation and flexible, fast-wicking stretch fleece panels on the side that reduce bulk and eliminate any restriction on movement.

A really versatile piece of kit that packs down small making it easy to carry.

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Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody

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This jacket is incredibly lightweight and stashes into a tiny stuff sack that you can stow in your pack on the way up. The PrimaLoft Gold Insulation is recycled polyester, giving excellent moisture management, warmth to weight ratio and stays warm when wet.

It is ideal when you’re faffing around in the snow putting skins on and taking them off.

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Arc’teryx Andessa Shell Jacket

This Gore-Tex jacket is waterproof, windproof and breathable, with articulation to ease movement and a brushed liner to add very light insulation.

It has a removable helmet-compatible hood, well-organised pockets and contains a RECCO reflector to aid search and rescue.

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Arc’teryx Sentinel Bib Pant

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Storm-proof, thanks to the Gore-Tex fabric, with a brushed liner to add very light insulation and softness.

The full bib and cuff around the ankles help to keep snow out, and there’s a RECCO reflector built-in, too. The bib has a large front pocket that is perfect for stashing gloves, a beanie or snacks.

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Osprey Kresta 20

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When you’ve compiled your layers, you need a sleek daypack to put them in. This 20L pack offers freedom of movement as well as a decent carrying capacity, a wet/dry storage area and insulated hydration sleeve.

The glove-friendly buckles and zippers, padded hip belt and contoured shoulder straps make this an all-round comfy pack.

Writing by Abigail Butcher. Editing by Leon Poultney.