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The 7 Best Ski & Snowboard Facemasks, Hoods & Balaclavas of 2020-2021

Well, who thought we’d all be so versed in face masks? Unless you’ve been blissfully living in a log cabin deep in the wilds of Alaska or on a sailboat amongst some far-flung tropical islands, you’re probably like us and have about a dozen face masks in rotation and stashed about your pants, purse, backpack, fanny pack, car, home, and office. And, you’re probably like us and are optimistically planning on getting after some big days on the mountain this winter, which means you’re gonna need one more mask.

Regardless of whether or not ski areas require wearing a face-covering as the new normal for lift riding, we’re a fan of face masks. The best ski & snowboard facemasks protect your face from the wind and winter chill, while still being breathable - plus they add some style to your kit. They’ll keep your face cozy while you kick up the cold smoke and protect your neck just the same. Honestly, once you ride with one you’ll feel naked without it. These are the special few that made our list of the best ski and snowboard face masks for 2021.


Dakine Hunter Balaclava

Best 2020-2021 ski & snowboard facemasks
 
 

Whether you’re poaching fresh lines from your slow friends or slaying dragons in the park, the Hunter Balaclava from Dakine is made for the coldest winter missions. Double-layer fleece and drawstrings work in tandem to seal out the cold, and the looser hood design gives you all the benefits of a cozy hoodie without any bulk underneath your jacket.

StyleMaterial Original Price 
HoodPolyester Fleece$34.95

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Oyuki Proclava

Best 2020-2021 skis & snowboard balaclavas
 
 

Hailing from the powder-drowned hills of Hokkaido, Japan, Oyuki knows a thing or two about keeping warm while riding the storm. The Proclava keeps a low-profile, which is nice for slicing lines through the trees like a powder ninja or getting a bit of extra warmth underneath your helmet. Sitting on the thinner and more breathable side of the spectrum, it’s ideal for high-output riders who are touring or for anyone shedding the milder days in spring. This makes it one of the best ski & snowboard balaclavas for the 2020-2021 winter.

StyleMaterial Original Price 
Balaclava85% Polyester, 15% Sapndex$29.95

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BlackStrap The Tube

Best 2020-2021 ski & snowboard facemasks
 
 

Consider all the exposed skin on your face and the back of your neck to be a gap letting the cold in and the warmth out. The Tube from BlackStrap is designed to help you mind the gap. The dual-layer design is seamless, so the only thing you’ll feel on your face is the fleece-y soft lining. And you can go ahead and sweat it out in the sun, The Tube has a UPF rating of 50+ and an anti-microbial treatment that keeps it smelling fresh no matter how many hiking laps you throw at it. All-in, this is one of the best neck tubes for skiing & snowboarding.

StyleMaterial Original Price 
TubePatented Tri-Blend Fabric$24.95

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BlackStrap The Hood Balaclava

The best ski & snowboard facemasks
 
 

Ok, stay with us here: this BlackStrap is called “The Hood”, but it’s actually a balaclava with a good bit of tech built in. For the business of blocking the cold up front, the hinged part that covers your face is dual-layer for extra protection from the elements. For the party of sweating it out hiking the sidecountry or sessioning the park, the head and neck utilizes a single layer so you can dump heat as you generate it. The whole shebang comes in tens of colors, has a UPF rating of 50+, and effectively wards off stink with a durable anti-microbial treatment.

StyleMaterial Original Price 
BalaclavaPatented Tri-Blend Fabric$29.95

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Burton Cora Hood - Women’s

The best snowboard hoods
 
 

Ever pet a baby unicorn? We don’t have facts to back this up, but we imagine it feels something like running your hand through the ultra-soft fleece Burton’s Cora Hood is made from. In real life, unicorn fur is actually DRYRIDE Thermex™ Shaggy Fleece that will keep you warm in the harshest conditions while transporting cold-catching moisture away from your skin. This hood-design mask comes complete with drawstrings to cinch out windchill and is helmet-friendly so you don’t have to make a choice between warmth and safety out on the mountain. Overall, it’s one of the best snowboard hoods money can buy.

StyleMaterial Original Price 
HoodPolyester$41.95

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Burton Burke Hood

Best snowboard hoods 2021
 
 

If you’ve been hood-curious when it comes to facemasks, the Burke from Burton is a solid place to inexpensively dip your toes/face in the water. Tens of our customers left this guy 5-star reviews, saying things like “if you like hoods, you’ll love it”, “great over-the-helmet fit”, and “siiick dawg!” If that last one doesn’t sell you, just know it’s made by Burton, has moisture-wicking and anti-chafing tech built in, and the fleece won’t pill up even after multiple washes and seasons of use.

StyleMaterial Original Price 
Hood94% Polyester, 4% Spandex$26.95

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Oyuki Fleececlava

Best balaclavas of 2020-2021
 
 

Oyuki isn’t in the business of clever product names. They mash two descriptive words into one and go about doing what they do best, which in this case is making a classic balaclava that’s warm, breathable, and low-profile. The Fleececlava looks basic, but 81.5% of its polyester makeup is hollow fibers that provide extra insulation while effectively wicking moisture away from your face. Throw in the fact it’ll fit well under a helmet, hood, or beanie and you’ve got yourself exactly what you need to combat winter weather on your next shred mission.

StyleMaterial Original Price 
Balaclava100% Polyester$24.95

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