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Best Ski Socks for Women

Hey ladies, you know that nothing is more important than a good-fitting ski sock that keeps your feet warm, dry, comfortable and blister-free but finding the right ski sock is more like an art form than a science. To choose the best ski socks for women, you must consider the following items.


Material

What your sock is made of is sooooooo important. Merino wool is the best choice, it is a proven fiber that offers breathability and comfort in all conditions. Merino wool will absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling wet or clammy.

It will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It has amazing wicking properties that absorbs sweat and moisture and keeps it away from your skin.

Merino wool is not itchy, it is wonderfully soft and smooth. Any sock you pick should have a good amount of Merino wool, other great materials that compliment merino wool is polypropylene, spandex or Lycra (for added stretch), nylon and polyester fibers.

Merino wool socks are much, much better than cotton socks for keeping you comfortable


Material Weight

Socks come in a variety of weights. Picking the right weight will go a long way to picking the perfect sock.

  • Ultra Lightweight socks are performance socks. They are perfect if you are an avid, experienced skier who owns your own custom ski boots or has close-fitting boots. These socks are very thin relying on the insulation qualities of the custom ski boot insert to help keep your feet warm.  Because they are thin they do not add additional material and do not bunch up or pack out the boot, the way a thick sock does.  They are also perfect for people who are naturally warm most of the time.
    • Lightweight socks are not as thin as ultra lightweight socks, they have a higher percentage of wool and therefore, more insulation as well as additional cushioning on the shin and under the foot, to reduce heel lift. This is the most popular weight for skiers looking for a good sock.
  • Midweight socks are the best socks if your feet are just always cold. If you are looking for warmth and lots of it, look to the midweight. Midweight consists of the highest percentage of merino wool to keep your feet toasty warm and dry. Midweight also offers lots of cushioning and the extra volume of material to reduce foot movement in the boot.

Seamless Toe Unlike regular socks, good ski socks should not have a seam at the toe, usually it is higher, lying on top of the toe. This is important because there is nothing more irritating than feeling a seam right at your toe where the boot keeps pressing against it. It will cause chafing, discomfort and eventually sore spots. Seamless socks gives you a nice clean toe box that will make your day on the slopes much more comfortable


OTC Design means it is a taller over the calf sock. You want to have material or cushioning between your leg and the entire ski boot, a tall OTC design does just that. Theses socks also utilize banding which is just elastic to keep the sock up so it doesn’t fall down in your boot and become annoying. Some socks have multiple areas of banding for lots of reliability that your sock will stay high.



See Also:  20 Winter Essentials to Keep you Warm


Best Ski Socks for Women


Smartwool Women’s PhD Ski Light Pattern Socks Smartwool Women's PhD Ski Light Pattern Socks

Smartwool has been the leader for more than 20 years in Merino wool ski socks and they are still the best at making breathable, warm, odor-fighting socks that let you ski comfortably. The PhD Ski Ultralight is a very thin, light sock that makes you almost forget you’re wearing socks.

  • Ultralight means it is a very thin sock, which is best for performance skiing but if you just know your feet will be cold without a little extra material check out Smartwool’s light and medium weight ski socks
  • 50% Merino Wool, 48% Nylon, 2% Elastane. Nothing beats Merino wool for keeping your feet dry and warm.
  • Made in the USA
  • Indestructawool technology. These socks will last a long time.
  • Virtually Seamless toe means no discomfort when inside tight ski boots
  • Women’s specific fit
  • Care: Machine Wash means these socks are easy to care for.

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Point6 Ski and Snowboard Socks Point6 Ski and Snowboard Socks

Point6 (the founders of Smartwool) make a sock that’s lighter weight but higher in thread count than any of its competitors. These amazing socks are warm, durable and lightweight.

  • Medium Weight- Means your toes won’t get cold because the medium thickness provides plenty of volume and warmth for skiing
  • Made of 64% Merino wool/ 34% nylon/ 2% spandex materialThis sock cushions your entire foot absorbing the impacts of hard snow bumps and landings
  • OTC; over the calf construction offers full coverage and cushions the leg from tight ski boots
  • Excellent moisture wicking properties
  • Socks will not slide around in your ski boots
  • Designed to prevent pressure points and hot spots
  • Made in the USA
  • These are warm, comfortable socks

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Pure Athlete High Performance Wool Ski Socks Pure Athlete High Performance Wool Ski Socks

Midweight thickness provides the combination of warmth without sacrificing the fit of your ski boots. Thinner and thicker weights are available for the perfect fit for you.

  • Made of 54% Nylon, 25% Merino Wool, 16% Polypropylene, 5% Spandex
  • This blend of merino wool and polypropylene has advanced hydrophobic properties to wick moisture (sweat) away from your feet and keeps them dry and comfortable
  • Cushioning in key areas like the shin, ankle, and the foot areas keep your feet comfortable while in ski boots
  • Elastic at the top prevents the ski socks from sliding down, so they stay in place while you’re on the slopes
  • Elastic arch support adds comfort and helps to reduce foot fatigue
  • Machine washable means they are easy to care for.
  • These high performance ski socks will last for many ski seasons.
  • Sold in single pair, 3-pair pack and 6-pair packs

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Women’s Darn Tough Ski Sock Women's Darn Tough Ski Sock

These socks were made in the mountains of Vermont, where they know what cold is. These ski socks live up to their name.

  • Made of Nylon, Merino Wool, Lycra, Spandex material.
  • Performance fit inures no slipping, no bunching, and no blisters.
  • Seamless design makes for an ultra smooth, invisible feel and a seam that won’t be felt in ski boots.
  • Targeted cushioning on bottom of the foot and shin area make for a comfortable day of skiing
  • Fine gauge knitting creates unprecedented durability.
  • Enjoy fast wicking action, this sock pulls moisture away from skin, and is fast drying, so feet stay dry and warm.
  • Naturally antimicrobial: Repels bacteria and odor.
  • Made in Vermont, USA.
  • Unconditionally guaranteed for life.

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FITS Ultra Light Ski Socks FITS Ultralight Ski Socks

The perfect socks for people with insulated custom ski boot liners. If you don’t need extra cushioning or material to keep your feet warm these are the performance socks you have been looking for. If you need additional cushioning and insulation don’t worry the Fits ski sock comes in additional weights.

  • Made of Super-fine Merino Wool 49%, Nylon 37%, Polyester 10%, Lycra 4%
  • The Ultra Light is a thin ski sock that limits the amount of material in your boot, thereby reducing blisters and bunching.
  • Superfine Merino wool boasts a natural ability to wick moisture and regulate temperature.
  • These OTC socks rises over the calf and lies just below the knee.
  • Full contact elastic welt to avoid sagging.
  • Compression around the foot and leg ensures smooth wear
  • Minimal cushion is best paired with custom or very close-fitting boots, if you do not have custom boots you may want to look at the light or medium weigh versions of this sock instead.
  • Features a vented foot top, as well as a proper gradient compression throughout the leg and over the calf, stimulating blood flow and keeping your legs feeling invigorated for as long as you are on the slopes. .
  • Available in ultralight weight, pro weight lightweight and medium weight

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Minus33 Ski & Snowboard Sock Minus33 Ski and Snowboard Sock

These medium weight socks boast the thermal properties and comfort of Merino wool. They will make any day outside warm and comfortable no matter how far the mercury drops.

  • Made of 78% Merino Wool,15% 4% Nylon and 3% Polyester
  • OTC sock means its a full length sock that lies right under the knee
  • This sock is thin enough to fit in a ski boot comfortably but still thick enough to keep your feet warm and cushioned.
  • Full cushioned bottom for comfort.
  • Seamless toe for comfort and prevents blisters from forming where the seam would be
  • Moisture Wicking to keep you dry by absorbing moisture and sweat from your body.
  • Anti-Microbial and Odor Resistant
  • Virtually no shrinkage
  • Minus33 is the official sock supplier of the USA Olympic Luge Team.
  • Machine-washable make these socks easy to care for

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Burton Women’s Phase Ski Socks Burton Women's Phase Ski and snowboard Socks

From the industry leader in snowboards comes a great ski and snowboard sock. Burton offers a great sock with lots of features that will enhance your day on the mountain

  • Made of Merino wool, stretchy spandex, Nano GLIDE and Polypropylene
  • Lightweight sock with medium and extra-density cushioning where you need it.
  • Ultra wick venting toe panels insure these socks are quick drying
  • Odor-Resistant Polypropylene reinforced foot bed keeps feet from getting stinky
  • Ergonomic, articulated left and right fit with All-Over Elastic for incredible arch, ankle, and leg support to keep your feet and legs feeling invigorated while you ski
  • Flat-stitched toe seam eliminates hot spots, chafing and bunching inside your ski or snowboard boots.
  • Elastic keeps sock from sagging or falling down
  • Burton also makes ultralight, medium and heavy-weight socks
  • Made in Italy

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Eurosocks Women Ski Socks Eurosocks Women Ski Socks

When your searching for a woman specific performance ski sock, look no further than Eurosock

  • 70% Silver Drystat, 15% Microsupreme, 10% Nylon, 5% Elastam Lycra
  • Lightweight with second skin fit and feel. This sock embraces the foot with a snug fit.
  • High performance sock offers low density padding to eliminate packing out of your ski boot
  • Seamless toe pocket, relieves foot stress, eliminates chafing and irritation
  • Stay up system prevents socks from sliding down the leg
  • Elastic arch support with ventilation channels insures happy feet
  • Woman specific design and colors
  • Silver DryStat has incredible moisture wicking capabilities to keep your feet dry, comfortable and fungus free
  • Made in Italy and features Italian style, creativity and technology
  • Available in lots of fun colors

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Pure Athlete Alpaca Ski Socks Pure Athlete Alpaca Ski Socks

These bad boys are perfect for keeping your feet toasty warm. Alpaca wool insures a warm comfortable ski and snowboard sock that you will LOVE!

  • Made of 60% premium Alpaca wool, 30% Nylon, 10% Spandex, these ski socks are designed to keep feet warm.
  • Alpaca wool is both lighter and warmer than merino wool due to it being hollow.
  • Socks are of mid weight thickness, which means they are warm and comfort but will not cramp your ski boot.
  • Features a stylish design
  • Alpaca wool absorbs and wicks away moisture and sweat. It is also breathable, thermal regulating, and keeps feet comfortable and at the perfect temperature.
  • These socks are durable and long-lasting
  • Guaranteed for Life
  • Made in the USA
  • Premium Alpaca Wool for Ultimate Warmth
  • Available in single pairs or in a 3-pair pack

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SVPRO Rechargeable Electric Heated Socks SVPRO Rechargeable Electric Heated Socks

When you just know your feet are going to be cold, if you have chronically cold feet when skiing or you just don’t want to mess around than heated socks might be the perfect answer.

  • Soft socks are equipped with 2 rechargeable lithium batteries to keep you warm all day.
  • Socks are super comfortable, thick and well padded
  • They are also breathable, stretchy, quick-drying and use an ultra-thin electric heating module
  • 3 Temperature settings- High (Red), Medium (Orange) and Low (Green).
  • Heating area get warm in about a minute and feet get nice and toasty warm
  • Safety features insure you won’t get shocked, even when wet!
  • Hand wash
  • Heats the top / bottom instep of your foot
  • Unisex socks
  • Over-voltage protection – If the batteries are fully charged, the charging adapter will stop charging
  • Colors: available in Black and Grey

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Comments warm, wool socks

Do you agree with this list of the Best Ski Socks for Women? Are your favorite socks on here? What socks do you prefer to ski or snowboard in ultralight, lightweight or medium weight and why? What are your favorite features in a ski sock?


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12 Comments

  • Tracy cole

    Great article about the best ski socks for women.  I am a HUGE fan of Smartwool socks.  I seriously wear them every day from November -April regardless of the activity.  They are perfect whether I am nordic skiing, sledding with my kids or just lounging around inside next to the fire. They are the most comfortable and seriously warm socks I have found.  I just love them!

    • ThinkVail

      Hi Tracy, I am a Smartwool sock fan too!  They are really great socks for any outdoor activity and they last a long time also.  The Smartwool PHD ski socks are great for the slopes and are as warm and comfortable as you’d expect from the leader in the merino wool sock industry.  So glad you enjoyed the article about the best ski socks for women

  • @iwilliamsjr

    Hello thank you so much for all of this information on the best ski socks for women.  To be honest I was searching for really warm socks and thought that probably the most warm type of socks would be ski socks.  My wife has poor circulation and her feet are always really cold so I have been researching the best socks to keep her warm.  I was totally impressed by the heated socks-what a great idea!  I didn’t even know they made heated socks.  I think this might be just the right answer for my wife.  I am going to purchase them for her and let her give them a try and will let you know how they worked out for her. I might even purchase a pair for me for when I go hunting in the fall and it’s pretty cold.  Thanks again, this post is a great resource!

    • ThinkVail

      Thank you for the kind comments about the Best Ski Socks for Women article and I am so happy that you found a pair of socks to keep your wife’s feet warm. The SVPRO rechargeable heated electric socks are perfect for your wife’s condition.  These socks have a lot of nice feature and make them easy to use whether they are in ski boots or just lounging on the couch.  If you need more items to keep you and your wife warm check out the post 10 Cool Gifts for Outdoorsmen it has some great cold weather gear including a rechargeable heated vest and rechargeable hand warmers.

  • Peace

    Ski socks are so important, and often overlooked.I love the Point6 Ski and Snowboard Sock, because of its medium thickness and high thread count. I like thicker socks that will keep me warm and offer lots of cushioning.  Thanks for this list of the best ski socks for women, it’s spot on!

    • ThinkVail

      Hi Peace yes the Point6 Ski & Snowboard Sockis awesome. It is made by the same people who founded Smartwool socks.  They sold their company and started this new company called Point6. Although relatively new, they are putting out an amazing product.  I think you will really like these socks. Enjoy!

  • JealousLi

    OMG Love the Eurosocks!  They are such cute socks.  A great variety of vibrant colors.  These are performance socks with a strong spirit of fun. Usually socks are the last things I think about but with fun patterns like these, I think this is about to change.  Thanks for opening my eyes up to the fact that ski socks needn’t be boring.

    • ThinkVail

      Hi JealousiLi so happy you found socks you like from the list of Best Ski Socks for Women. The Eurosocks are women specific socks and you can tell because they are fun, feminine with bright colors but they also keep working to keep your feet warm, dry and comfortable

  • Emmanuel Buysse

    I have to show this post about the best ski socks for women to my wife. We LOVE to cross country ski and spend most winter weekends doing that.  However, it is very hard to find good socks here in our area. We had a good shop here but the owners retired and closed up shop and nothing has replaced it. So it is a blessing you came up with this review, I’m going to show this to her so we can stock up on some good socks.  All of our current warm, winter socks now have holes in the heels and we desperately need to replace them.  Love that it links right to Amazon so we can order online and just have them delivered.  Thanks a lot for sharing it with us! 

    • ThinkVail

      Hi Emmanuel I am so happy that this article helped you and I am sorry you lost your local connection for warm ski socks.  Although this article is focused on women’s ski socks, brands like Smartwool, Point6 and Darn Tough also offer ski socks for men, so you can both replace your old socks. This is a great time to get stocked up for next winter’s adventures.

  • wadud1998

    Great post about the best women’s ski socks.  I am a competitive skier and am always on the lookout for great socks.  I like my socks super thin, I want very little material between my boot and my foot, so the Ultralights would be perfect.  I have great boot inserts so I don’t really worry about cold feet, I just worry about rubbing, hot spots and blisters.  I am really interested in the FITS Ultralight Ski Socks.  I have teammates who wear these socks but I haven’t personally tried them myself. Thanks for turning me onto a new sock.

    • ThinkVail

      As a competitive skier ultralights are a great choice, and FITS ski socks have lots of features that keep them ahead of the pack like a patented heel lock, to keep your heel from moving up and down inside your ski boot, vented foot tops and compression. Also because it is so lightweight it will not back out your fine boot inserts and they will last longer.  Enjoy these socks they will enhance your performance!

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