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The 9 Best Ski & Snowboard Face Masks of 2022-2023

By: Jen Streby: Senior Buyer | October 19, 2022

 

Experienced skiers and snowboarders know that a cold face is a sure recipe for a short, uncomfortable day on the hill. But beyond that, everyone has their own preferences. That’s why there’s no “one best ski mask.” Instead, we’ve got this list of the best ski balaclavas all with different styles, fits, materials, and priorities, so that you can find the ski mask that works best for your face and skiing weather when choosing what to wear skiing. And even then, for some folks, there’s no one balaclava that they want to ski in every day. Instead, having a few balaclava ski masks that you can swap out depending on the weather and temperature makes a lot of sense for many skiers.

New This Year:

This year, top brands have listened and are coming out with multiple styles of their popular masks, so that you can choose what style works best for you. So stop putting up with mediocre face masks that leave you cold and uncomfortable. The best ski balaclava is the one that makes your face feel great through a long day of skiing, and there’s sure to be a mask that fits that description on this list.

BlackStrap The Hood Balaclava

BlackStrap The Hood Balaclava

Your face may be beautiful (or handsome), but you need to cover it up every once in a while, to preserve its good looks. Protect it in style and comfort with the BlackStrap The Hood. Made from a stretchy, moisture-wicking fabric, The Hood features UPF 55+ sun protection and is anti-microbial treated, so the stink can get lost. A four-way stretch means no restricted movement. Hide your precious face from the elements - whether it be sun or sleet - with the BlackStrap The Hood. Blackstrap’s Hood is one of the warmest options on this list and works great for people with beards.

MaterialStyleOriginal Price
SyntheticHinged Hood$34.95

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BlackStrap The Junior Hood Balaclava - Kids'

BlackStrap The Junior Hood Balaclava - Kids'

If you've ever been skiing with youngsters, you know firsthand how much they dislike the stinging feeling of icy particles blasting their faces. Save yourself and your kids the misery and protect 'em with a BlackStrap The Junior Hood. Designed with a hinge, The Junior Hood can be worn up to yield maximum protection, but also down so they can still score some chairlift snacks! If that sounds like a win-win, that's because it is! Your kids deserve the same warmth and comfort as you do, and the Junior Hood delivers just that.

MaterialStyleOriginal Price
SyntheticHinged Hood$26.95

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Oyuki Proclava

Oyuki Proclava

The Oyuki Proclava is made from a warm, breathable, fleece-lined, super-stretch material, with a strategic hinge point for uncompromised performance and compatibility with lots of different face shapes. This is a strong contender for the most versatile ski mask on the market.

MaterialStyleOriginal Price
85% Polyester / 15% SpandexHinged Hood$29.95

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Burton Cora Hood - Women's

Burton Cora Hood - Women's

To be honest, we're not entirely sure who Cora is, but if you ever discover the answer please be sure to send her our utmost gratitude because the Burton Cora Hood is simply divine when it comes to ensuring warmth and comfort in cold mountain climates. This hood is ridiculously warm and stylish.

MaterialStyleOriginal Price
Dryride ThermexHinged Fleece Hood$44.95

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Burton Burke Hood

Burton Burke Hood

A go-to hood for the rider looking ahead. The Burton Burke Hood features a Stretch 180° construction and DRYRIDE Ultrawick™ Fleece for an unbeatable on-mountain experience. This hood is perfect for the coldest of days.

MaterialStyleOriginal Price
UltrawickHinged Fleece Hood$29.95

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Oyuki Genki Tube

Oyuki Genki Tube

Designed for happiness, the multifunctional Oyuki Genki Tube offers lightweight protection from the sun, snow, and wind. Its simple tube shape means it can be worn as a neck gaiter, face mask, or headband.

MaterialStyleOriginal Price
PolyesterFace Tube$17.95

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BlackStrap The Tube

BlackStrap The Tube

The BlackStrap The Tube is technical, functional, and comfortable. Its breathable and moisture-wicking fabric offers up UPF 50+ UV protection and is treated with anti-microbial, so that sweaty stank can take a hike. A four-way stretch means no movement is limited. Protect yourself from the elements in the BlackStrap The Tube. This a premium face tube with the comfort and style to match.

MaterialStyleOriginal Price
SyntheticFace Tube$24.95

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MONS ROYALE Double Up Neckwarmer

MONS ROYALE Double Up Neckwarmer

Double up (literally) with the two-layer warmth of the 100% merino wool MONS ROYALE Double Up Neckwarmer. While most face tubes are thin and not that warm, the Double Up is thick and cozy.

MaterialStyleOriginal Price
Merino WoolFace Tube$45.00

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Le Bent 200 Balaclava

Le Bent 200 Balaclava

The Le Bent 200 Balaclava innovates upon the traditional balaclava with a lightweight and stretchy rayon/merino wool blend. The hinged design and soft, itch-free material of this facemask make it an all-around win throughout winter. It’s an understated, consistent winner.

MaterialStyleOriginal Price
Bamboo/Merino BlendHinged Hood$34.95

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The Selection Process:

Our snow accessories buyers have an endless amount of knowledge on all things snow accessory related stemming from years of experience in the outdoor industry in tandem with their countless hours spent outside in all conditions around the world. From hot to cold, snow, rain, wind, and even sunshine, they know what accessories will keep you comfortable and really up your experience outside. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jen Streby

Hi! My name is Jen and while growing up in the very cold Midwest, I didn’t have much experience in the snow apart from sledding and building your classic snowman. Eventually, after college, I migrated my way out to Utah. There I stepped on the snow on skis for the first time at the young age of 27. The first experience being at Alta, doing a complete yard sale under the Collins lift on my first run. Stubborn me didn’t give up. I soon after got a job at Snowbird where I grew to love the sport and learned to love the mountains in the wintertime as much as I do in the summer.

My winter passion didn’t change upon moving to the PNW where I call Seattle my home. I started with evo 6 years ago and have been a buyer for several categories, one of which currently includes the snow accessories category. Come to me if you want to talk about helmets, goggles, gloves, and more.