Gear Guide

The 8 Warmest Ski Gloves and Mittens

We tested the warmest ski gloves we carry.

On the coldest storm days, all you want to do is keep skiing powder. There’s no bigger bummer than feeling distracted when it’s one of the best days of the year. Upgrading to a pair of warm ski gloves or mittens is well worth the extra pennies to be more comfortable on the slopes. With everything from extra insulation to electronic heating elements, there are plenty of options out there to make sub-zero temps a day at the beach. With our fair share of skiers on staff that run cold here at the shop, we’ve gotten to test all the warm gloves on the market. We’ve asked our staff what they’ve found to be the warmest and best selections for cold days, so we can share with you the warmest ski gloves and mittens around.

skier kenzie relies on warm ski gloves to ski good powder
When the snow’s like this, you don’t want to think about cold hands. | Skier: Kenzie Lisac | Photo: Taylor Ahern

Need some hot finger tips?

– Mittens are generally warmer than gloves, with your fingers all grouped together in the same heat pocket. Gloves offer more dexterity. Check out “3-finger” styles for a blend of both.

– Heated gloves and mittens use electronic heating elements to help keep you warm. If you have circulation issues like Raynaud’s disease, or run extremely cold, these are solid options for feeling more comfortable on the mountain. They can be more prone to electronic issues. But, we’ve selected the gloves and mittens we’ve had the best luck with.

Warmest Ski Gloves

Hestra Power Heater Gauntlet Glove

hestra power heater gauntlet ski glove

Hands down our most popular warm glove for years, the Hestra Power Heater Gauntlet Glove is a powerhouse for warmth. The external battery heating system provides extra heat for the skiers who need it the most, or just anyone who likes feeling comfortable on the hill. Compared to the mitt version below, the glove offers great dexterity for handling zippers and pockets. Hestra is a glove maker through and through, and you can feel the attention to detail every time you pick up a Hestra piece.

The North Face Heated Montana Inferno Etip Gloves

the north face heated montana inferno etip gloves

The North Face is one of the biggest players in the outdoor equipment space for their attention to design and technical specifications. Their heated glove is no different. The TNF Heated Montana Inferno Etip Glove is chock full of insulation, high-quality leather, and an external heating element. The external padding on the backhand serves as extra protection from impacts and additional insulation from the elements. The Etip function on the forefinger and thumb lets you navigate your phone without having to take your gloves off in the bitter cold. If you’re someone who deals with extra cold hands and needs a technical product with additional heat than what all the insulation in the world can give you, this is an excellent choice.

Arc’teryx Fission SV

arcteryx fisson sv ski gloves

Arc’teryx is known for their premium performance outerwear and climbing equipment. But, their gloves and mitts are some of our favorites in our inventory. With a whopping 200 grams of Primaloft insulation, this glove is stuffed with warm insulation to protect you from the elements. The reinforced palm increases durability for big days on the hill. The slight gauntlet at the wrist gives you some of that extra insulation, without the extra bulk. If dexterity is important to you, but you still need a glove that is a cut above the rest for cold or wet conditions, we like to recommend the Arc’teryx Fission SV. Arc’teryx designs and tests these for the rigors of British Columbia, after all.

Check out the mitt version of this glove.

Black Diamond Guide Glove

black diamond guide warm ski gloves

The Black Diamond Guide Glove says it in the name— if you’re a recreator or someone who spends very long days in the mountains, subject to any elements, the BD Guide Glove should be on your wish list. The additional padding on the backhand delivers extra protection from impacts. Four-way stretch nylon keeps this glove (that should be bulky on paper) extremely comfortable to move around in. We love this glove for people who need something warm for long days outside, and when your weather-controlling powers seem to be a little off.

skier jonathan uses one of our warmest ski gloves to ride
Gloves with a large gauntlet style like the ones Jonathan is using here are some of the warmest ski gloves. | Photo: Casey Day

Warmest Ski Mittens

Hestra Power Heater Gauntlet Mitt

So nice, we had to list it twice. The Hestra Power Heater Gauntlet Mitt is the single warmest product we sell. The mitt style is the warmest way to go as it keeps your fingers in one consolidated pocket of heat. Of course, the heated element of this mitt provides an external source of heat that gives you extra insulation on the coldest days and long chair lift rides. If cold fingers ruin your day and you’re not afraid to spend a little extra for this comfort, we highly recommend upgrading to the Hestra Power Heater Gauntlet Mitt. It works well and is money well spent.

Swany X Calibur Mitt

Swany has been in the glove and mitt business for decades, designing new tech for the army and NASA back in the day so they could have a warm shell around their hands, with extra dexterity when they needed it: the Toaster. You can still buy the Toaster today (and we love it for parents or other folks who are constantly fiddling with items on the hill), but if you’re looking for one of the warmest pieces on the market, the Swany X Calibur Mitt is the one. A great bang for the buck, the X Calibur uses all of Swany’s high-end materials and insulation pieces to keep you warm on the hill. It feels more luxurious than it costs. Our favorite feature? The little pocket on the backhand, perfect for a hand warmer.

Hestra Heli Mitt

If you’re looking for a non-heated mitt from Hestra, this will be your best bet. The full leather palm and trimming is soft to the touch and simultaneously very durable and weatherproof. The Hestra triton fabric on the backhand is durable and won’t tear. The gauntlet style of an extended cuff goes over your ski jacket sleeve for even further insulation and protection from the elements.

Gordini Radiator Mitt

The Gordini Radiator Mitt is optimized for protection in the coldest and wettest of conditions. The ripstop shell is rated up to 10k for waterproofing and breathability (on par with performance ski apparel), along with tons of insulation to protect you from the elements. Gordini does all of this for a super affordable price that makes it a great bang for the buck. For anyone looking to level up their mitt game to get some extra warmth, without breaking the bank.


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