The Smartwool PhD Ski Light sock, which comes in both men’s and women’s models, is the most versatile sock for people who want to ski in everything but extremely cold conditions. It offers the best mix of fit and comfort compared with the other socks we tested because of its superior foot support and key mesh ventilation zones, which improve breathability. On top of that, the sock is made with merino wool, which wicks moisture away from your feet and helps to regulate your body heat in a variety of conditions.
Darn Tough’s Over-the-Calf Padded Light (men’s and women’s) ski sock just lost out to our top choice because it offers a less articulated support system and has bulkier padding. That said, it’s a good second option if our top pick is out of stock. The merino wool construction and seamless snug fit provide a soft feel against your foot, and you’re unlikely to experience any bunching. Darn Tough’s unparalleled lifetime warranty is also hard to beat: You can send back any item at any time, and the company will replace it for free. However, that warranty wasn’t enough for us to make these socks our top pick because you’ll rarely need to replace ski socks—you’re more likely to lose a pair of ski socks in the wash than to wear through them.
Wigwam Snow Sirocco
This plush sock offers cushion and comfort on a budget.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $11.
Wigwam’s Snow Sirocco sock (unisex) offers a comfortable fit but lacks the merino wool and mesh ventilation that make our top pick so breathable. This Wigwam model’s reduced price means you lose a snugger fit, high-quality breathability, and the sensitivity that’s usually associated with a performance fitted sock. That said, we think this sock is a friendly budget pick for people seeking a medium-cushion, warm, comfortable ski sock that they’ll wear only occasionally.