How to Dry Ski Gloves

If you ski often, one of the things you’d want to properly take care of so you can benefit from its use is your ski gloves. Therefore, you’d want to know how to dry ski gloves after you use or wash them. You can read our post how to wash ski gloves.

You may think that using direct heat sources would do the job, but it’ll just do more harm than good. Fortunately, we got you covered. In this article, we’ll tell you how you can dry your ski gloves properly so they’ll last for many seasons.

Ideally, you want to dry your ski gloves by following these steps:

1. Pat them with a towel

You must be gentle with your gloves, especially when they’re made of stiff materials like leather as it’s prone to cracks and other forms of damage. Due to that, if you want to remove water off of them, you have to wrap them in clean towels or cloths.

2. Squeeze gently

As you wrap them, apply a little force and squeeze them gently to remove more water or moisture. When you squeeze them, simply put them between your palms and firmly press your palms against them (like making a glove sandwich). Don’t squeeze the gloves into a ball.

Another way of doing it is by pressing different areas of the gloves between your fingers. Just be careful not to bury your nails or fingertips into the gloves to avoid damaging them.

3. Use air and dry, warm environments

For the last step, the best you can do is to leave your ski gloves out to dry. There are plenty of ways you can do this:

  • In a place with room temperature, position your gloves standing on half of their cuffs on a table and leaning on the wall or other objects. The warm air will easily flow into the other half of the cuffs not covered by the table. After a few hours, your ski gloves should be dry.
  • If your gloves are made of a breathable material, you can simply set them on their back or palm on a table inside a room with good ventilation.
  • You can also hang your gloves by clipping one of their fingertips to a clothesline. Since you can’t expose them to direct sunlight, set up the clothesline inside a well-ventilated room. In cases where you haven’t sufficiently squeezed water off the gloves, make sure you place towels or buckets beneath them to catch drips. Wet floors are slipping hazards.

4. A glove dryer is also an option

Your last step can also be a glove dryer. This heat source is designed for gloves, so you shouldn’t have to worry about damaging them.

If you have a boot dryer, you can only use it if it has a setting appropriate for drying gloves since the boot drying setting can damage your gloves’ fabric. It’s also advisable to use the timer or auto shut off feature so your gloves can get just the right amount of heat.

If you’re planning to use a glove or boot dryer for your next skiing getaway (perhaps for the holidays or family vacation), make sure to go for a travel-friendly model. Make sure to choose a portable dryer, particularly one with a USB port to make it convenient and easier to carry and store. Also, a noise-free dryer would be a good option.

Whether you use a glove dryer to dry your ski gloves or just let them dry naturally, always make sure that they don’t get excessively heated.

Things to Avoid

  • Avoid wringing or twisting your gloves – Never twist your ski gloves. It won’t do them any good, except when they’re made of softer materials. If they’re made of leather, twisting them will only create cracks or breaks in the fabric. Don’t wring them either. Whatever fabric they’re made out of, wringing the gloves will compromise their stitches and cause tearing.
  • Avoid directly using heat – It’s not advisable to hang your ski gloves to dry under direct sunlight or use direct heat on them like washing machine dyers, hairdryers, heaters, radiators, or flames.

Additional Tips

Here are a few more things you want to keep in mind:

  • You must dry your gloves immediately after using or washing them. If you don’t, bacteria or fungi will build up and your gloves will smell bad.
  • Since allowing the air and warm environment to do its job takes time (around three hours on average), you can turn the gloves inside out (if you can) so they can dry up faster.
  • If your ski gloves, or parts of them, are made of leather, make sure to apply a good quality leather conditioner on them once they’re dry. However, if they’re made of synthetic fabric, use water-repellent instead. Caring for your ski gloves properly will keep them in good condition and help them last longer.
  • After drying your gloves, get them into the shape you’re comfortable with. Wear them back and flex your fingers until the gloves feel good and comfortable.
  • It’s better to buy waterproof or water-resistant gloves to reduce moisture in the first place. Also, they dry faster than regular ski gloves. However, this doesn’t exempt them from the recommended drying process. They collect sweat and moisture after use, so they must also be set to dry naturally.
  • Be mindful of weather conditions when choosing ski gloves. If you’re in a place with a warm temperature, you shouldn’t use heavy gloves as they can easily become wet when you sweat.


Now that you know how to dry ski gloves properly, you should be able to avoid getting them soggy and smelly. Wet ski gloves can cause frostbite, so you should be mindful of keeping them dry. Have a spare available in case your ski gloves become too damp.

The instructions and tips above should also give you enough information to help you choose which pair of ski gloves and glove dryer to buy. If you don’t feel like buying ski gloves, resorts can lend you a pair. A glove dryer will also be available at your disposal.

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