Skiing in sunglasses verses goggles

Newsroom Featured Gear Skiing in sunglasses verses goggles

Skiing in sunglasses can be both stylish and practical! On sunny days, sunglasses protect your eyes from the glare of the sun reflecting off the snow, reducing eye strain and improving visibility. They also shield your eyes from wind, snow and debris, which can be particularly helpful when skiing at high speeds or in adverse weather conditions.

Skiing in sunglasses

Overall, skiing in sunglasses can enhance your skiing experience by protecting your eyes and improving visibility, allowing you to fully enjoy your time on the mountain.

Choosing sunglasses for skiing

When choosing sunglasses for skiing, look for ones with lenses that provide adequate UV protection and are designed to enhance contrast, such as polarized or photochromic lenses. A snug fit is essential to prevent them from slipping or fogging up while you’re on the slopes. Additionally, consider the lens tint based on the conditions you’ll be skiing in; darker tints are suitable for bright, sunny days, while lighter tints or clear lenses are better for overcast or low-light conditions.

Sunglasses or goggles?

In general, if you’re skiing in bright, sunny conditions with minimal wind or snow, sunglasses may be sufficient and offer more breathability and comfort. However, in harsher conditions or when skiing at high speeds, goggles provide better protection and visibility. Some skiers even choose to carry both sunglasses and goggles, allowing them to adapt to changing conditions throughout the day. Ultimately, the best choice comes down to personal preference and the specific requirements of your skiing adventure.



  • Sunglasses offer better ventilation, which can help prevent fogging, especially during physical exertion.
  • They can be more comfortable for some skiers, particularly those who find goggles too constrictive.
  • Sunglasses are often lighter and more compact, making them easier to carry and less cumbersome to wear.


  • Sunglasses may not provide as much coverage as goggles, leaving areas around the eyes exposed to wind, snow, and UV rays.
  • In snowy or stormy conditions, sunglasses may not offer adequate protection against snow and debris.
  • They may not fit snugly enough to prevent snow from entering between the lenses and your face.



  • Goggles offer superior protection against wind, snow, and UV rays, providing better coverage for your eyes and face.
  • They can improve visibility in various conditions, including low light, flat light, and snowy weather.
  • Goggles often come with features like anti-fog coatings and adjustable straps for a secure fit.


  • Goggles can sometimes feel bulky or restrictive, especially for skiers who prefer a more open feeling.
  • They may trap heat and moisture, leading to fogging, particularly during strenuous activity.
  • Goggles may not be as stylish or versatile for apres-ski activities compared to sunglasses.

For more information, see Snow+Rock’s range of “Ski sunglasses” and read our guide to “How to find the best ski goggles

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