Why You Must Wear Goggles While Skiing

Written by Susan Lanier-Graham

November 23, 2022
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New to skiing? Wondering if it's always necessary to wear goggles while skiing? Need help finding the best goggles? Read on for tips.

If you're a newbie skier, investing in a good pair of ski goggles is even more critical. Skiing can sometimes be disorienting, and falling snow can easily make it hard to see where you're going. So we'll dive deeply into why you must wear goggles while skiing.

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Skiing is great fun, and with the proper goggles, it can be amazing! Photo by FamVeld via iStock by Getty Images

Wear Goggles as Protection from the Elements

Ski goggles can protect you from wind, snow, and other elements that can cause damage to your eyes. The lenses are designed to be shatter-proof, preventing snow and other debris from getting in your eyes while skiing.

Ski goggles also come with foam padding that cushions your face from cold wind and snow. This helps to keep your vision clear as you ski, especially when conditions are icy or wet.

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Ski Goggles Help You See Better

Ski goggles are designed with lenses with special coatings that help reduce fogging and glare. The lenses on anti-fog ski goggles are also designed to enhance your vision, allowing you to see obstacles ahead of time and adjust accordingly.

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Ski goggles help you see better while skiing. Photo by SerrNovik via iStock by Getty Images

The lenses are also designed with contours that enable you to see better in various lighting conditions. So regardless of whether it's bright or dark, you'll be able to make out objects much easier when wearing ski goggles.

Goggles Offer Sun Protection

Your eyes need protection when you're out skiing. The sun's UV rays can damage your eyes if you're not wearing ski goggles, so you must wear them to protect your eyes from damaging UV rays. Ski goggles come with coated lenses to block out UVA and UVB rays.

Most people don't realize that the sun's rays can also reflect off the snow, making it even more important to wear ski goggles. Ski goggles are designed with lenses that can deflect the sun's rays, ensuring the glare won't harm your eyes.

Another thing to consider is that the sun's rays can cause snow blindness, impairing your vision and making it difficult to ski. Again, wearing proper eye protection can help to prevent this from happening.

What to Look for When Choosing a Pair of Goggles

Well, you must find goggles that have a good fit. If the goggles are too tight, your vision will be impaired due to fogging and restricted airflow. On the other hand, snow and wind can make it difficult to see if they're too loose.

You should also look for ski goggles with anti-fog lenses and UV protection. Choosing a pair of goggles with good ventilation and breathability is also essential, as this will help keep your lenses fog-free.

The best advice is to try on a few different styles and find the ones that fit your face best. This will ensure you have the most comfortable experience while skiing.

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Try several different styles and choose the goggles that fit you best. Photo by Venerala via iStock by Getty Images

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Why You Must Wear Goggles While Skiing

Written by Susan Lanier-Graham

Founder and publisher Susan Lanier-Graham has traveled the world for the past twenty years, filling a passport or two along the way. She has wandered through the jungles of Thailand, explored the mysteries of the Great Pyramids, and shared the night with a leopard in Zambia. She sailed in the Mediterranean, sipped her way through Burgundy canals and Champagne caves. She followed Rembrandt’s footsteps through Amsterdam. Susan found her center on the red rocks of Sedona and soaked up an exquisite sunset over the Indian Ocean in Bali. Susan is always looking for wow moments around the world or across the street to share with adventure lovers everywhere. She has authored more than 75 books and hundreds of magazine articles. Susan is an award-winning travel writer and member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA). She is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). Susan's work still regularly appears in print and online. Susan is an award-winning travel writer, a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). Susan has worked as an ambassador for Travelocity and is currently a travel ambassador for Rocky Mountaineer. Her work regularly appears in print and online in a variety of publications. These include various AAA publications, Postcards for Travel Leaders, Alamo.com, Hotels.com, Fairmont.com, So Scottsdale, Uptown, Green Living AZ, Life Refined, Modern Luxury, Marriott.com, WHERE Arizona, WHERE Traveler Phoenix + Scottsdale, and more.

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