Helly Hansen winter layers

‘Tis the season to make sure you have your winter alpine ski season wear! We’ve been checking out some staples from Helly Hansen this month, including a dual-purpose mid-layer and an apres-ski pullover you won’t want to miss out on.

Lifaloft Hybrid Insulator jacket:

The perfect weight and thickness to pair with a Merino wool underlayer and a waterproof shell, the Liftaloft Hybrid is also great as a stand-alone travel piece. My son took his to Africa, where he knew he’d be venturing between elevations and weather situations in Ethiopia. What makes it hybrid? The combination of lightweight shell fabric and a slick face stretch fabric. You get the insulating warmth of LIFALOFT™ , which is based on a yarn technology that traps more air versus polyester at a lighter weight, windproof fabric, and a Lycra edge band around collar and cuffs. Pick it up on Helly Hansen for $220 in a variety of colors and sizes.

Precious pull over fleece:

If you’ve ever wondered what wearing a fluffy marshmallow cloud might feel like, wonder no more. The Precious fleece is so, so, so soft, people will continually ask if they can touch you while you’re wearing it (you’ve been warned). It’s advertised as a mid-layer, but I wear it alone, next to my skin, with either leggings or apres-ski wool pants. It’s perfect to toss into the boot bag or car for after a day on the slopes, or as a stand-alone top on any travel day in winter. If a pull-over with such a high neck isn’t your thing, there’s also a zip-up version. It has high loft, and the fleece is two-sided. Heaven!

Pick it up in sizes XS-XL in several colors for $120.


Amy Whitley is a freelance creative and travel writer and founding editor of the family travel website Pit Stops for Kids. An avid lover of the outdoors, Amy makes her home in Southern Oregon, where she, her husband, and three school-aged children spend much of their time backpacking, camping, skiing, and hiking. When not exploring her own backyard, Amy and her family hit the road for travel reviews of resorts, tour operations, and hotels across the country and abroad. Follow Amy Whitley on Twitter and Facebook.