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The Best Ski Goggles For Night Skiing 2024 Helpful Guide

Updated January 7th, 2024

Night skiing can be great fun. It’s a very different feel to be out on the slopes after dark. It adds new challenges from day skiing. One of them being how to see after the sun goes down. A good set of goggles with a high VLT clear lens can make night skiing much more fun and safe.

See our recommendations below for best ski goggles for night skiing. Keep reading for our ski goggle guide and FAQ to help you find the best ski goggles for you.

For night skiing we want a goggle with a lens that has 60-99% VLT (Visible Light Transmission). Many are available with different ski goggle lens options so you can choose a set that is good for night or day skiing.

1 – OutdoorMaster Ultra XL Snow Goggles

Top Pick
OM Ultra XL Product Image

Specifications

  • Sizing: Large to XL fit
  • VLT: Clear 90% or Blue 80% second lens
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: Yes
  • OTG: Yes

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Overall Score

92
Lens Clarity9.0


Field of View9.0


Flat Light Performance9.0


Anti-fog Performance9.0


Lens Swapping10.0


Comfort9.0

What we liked:

  • High definition Ultra toric lens
  • Magnetic quick change lens system
  • Includes a second lens

What we didn’t like:

  • No photochromic lens is available

Summary

The OutdoorMaster Ultra XL Snow Goggles are new this year and could be the best bang for the buck in ski goggles out there. The OutdoorMaster Pro goggles have been a great value since their introduction and packed way more features into a $50 ski goggle than anyone thought possible. The Vision builds on it and adds great performing lenses with as much tech slammed into them as Oakley, Smith, or Anon.

These goggles have a toric shaped lens that combines the best of spherical and cylindrical lenses. They use OutdoorMaster’s Ultra lens Color-Optimization Technology. This filters out blue light allowing you to see the terrain better than with your naked eye. Luminous Refractive Pressed lenses allow for better refraction and focus. What this means is that you have a great field of view, focus, and terrain definition as you get from Oakley or Smith at 1/2 to 1/3 price.

These goggles retain the OutdoorMaster magnetic lens swap system. The goggles come with 2 lenses and a hard case for the spare lens.

The goggles all include a second lens that is either clear 90% VLT or blue 80% VLT. These are both excellent lenses for night skiing. Pick a lens that you like best for daytime skiing and use the second lens at night.

The OutdoorMaster Ultra XL are a great performing ski goggle at an incredible price for what you get. This makes them my top pick for best night skiing goggle.

Who are these for?

Someone who wants 1st rate high performance goggle lenses and a slick lens swap system at a bargain price.

Full Review

See our detailed review of the OutdoorMaster Ultra XL to learn more.

Ultra XL at SB

2 – OutdoorMaster Ski Goggles PRO

Best Value
Outdoor Master Pro goggle product image

Specifications

  • Sizing: Medium to large fit
  • VLT: 99% Clear, 80% Light Green
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: Yes
  • OTG: Yes

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Overall Score

81
Lens Clarity7.5


Field of View8.0


Flat Light Performance7.5


Anti-fog Performance7.0


Lens Swapping10.0


Comfort8.5

What we liked:

  • Variety of styles and lens tints
  • Magnetic quick change lens system
  • Variety of colors and lenses

What we didn’t like:

  • Lenses not as clear as Oakley Prizm or Smith Chromapop

Summary

The OutdoorMaster Pro Frameless Goggles are a great low cost full feature goggle. They are a really popular skiing goggle. I saw a lot of OutdoorMasters while waiting in the lift lines last winter. These goggles feature a magnetic swapping spherical lens. They are also OTG ski goggles for those of us who wear prescription glasses. They feature a polarized lens for to protect you from UV rays and glare reduction.

Only one lens is included with the goggles if you buy them from Amazon. A 2 lens combo is available directly from OutdoorMaster. They are available with a 99% VLT lens to use for night skiing. Other lenses are also available separately.

These goggles have a double lens with anti-fog coating and ventilation. Their anti-fog performance is excellent for the cost. The magnets attaching the lens hold them on well. Use care when swapping lenses on a chair or make sure you still have your lens with you after falling. The spherical lens has high clarity and low distortion. It might not be quite as good as Chromopop/SONAR/Vivid/PRIZM but it’s close and most people won’t notice the difference. For the cost, you get really good performance at night or on flat light days.

For the best performance at night use the clear 99% VLT lens or the 80% light green lens. These goggles are an excellent value. They have most of the performance of more expensive goggles at a much lower price. This makes it our top pick for best night skiing ski and snowboard goggle.

Who are these for?

Someone who wants excellent value with good performing, really easy to swap lens goggles that are available with a clear lens.

Full Review

See our detailed review of the OutdoorMaster Pro ski goggles to learn more. See our article OutdoorMaster goggles vs Smith to see how these compare to Smith I/O Mag goggles.

OM Pro on the snow

3 – Smith Squad Mag Snow Goggles

Smith Squad Mag product image

Specifications

  • Sizing: Medium or Large
  • VLT: 89% Clear
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: Yes
  • OTG: No

Overall Score

90
Lens Clarity9.0


Field of View9.0


Flat Light Performance9.5


Anti-fog Performance8.5


Lens Swapping9.0


Comfort9.0

What we liked:

  • Stylish flat lens appearance
    Includes 2 lenses
  • Performance of ChromaPop lenses
  • Can change lenses with goggles on your face
  • Variety of available lenses including clear and photochromic
  • Available in regular and low bridge fit versions
  • Great in flat light or foggy conditions
  • Good anti-fog performance

What we didn’t like:

  • We prefer magnetic lens swap systems without latches
  • High cost
  • No hard case or separate bag for the extra lens included

Summary

The Smith Squad Mag goggles are one of the top picks among park skiers. They have excellent Smith ChromaPop lenses and their easy to change Mag lens system. They use TLT lens thinning so that you get the most distortion free view possible from cylindrical lenses. They are available in 2 sizes with a Medium fit option for smaller faces.

Smith ChromaPop lenses are among the best on the mountain. They let you see the terrain in the drabbest flat light by filtering out blue colors. ChromaPop lenses will give everything a yellowish/orange tint viewed from the inside. The best lens options for night skiing is the VLT 89% clear lens.

These goggles have a high performance anti-fog coating plus tons of ventilation. They use a soft moisture wicking inner face foam layer that helps keep sweat away. When combined with Smith helmets, the AirEvac vent system helps pull air through the goggles to get all the moisture out.

The lenses on the Mag Squad are easy to change and can be swapped while the goggle is still on your face. It is an improvement over the IO Mag which requires you to take your goggles off.

If you want a high performance set of flat lens goggles that lets you see great while night skiing, with easy to change lenses, check out the Smith Squad Mag.

Who are these for?

Someone who wants stylish flat lens goggles with high performance easy to swap lenses

Full Review

See our detailed review of the Smith Squad Mag to learn more.

Smith Squad Mag looking down slope
ChromaPop Mirror Lens

4 – Oakley Line Miner Ski Goggles

Oakley Line Miner product image

Specifications

  • Sizing: Medium, Large, Junior
  • VLT: Clear 64% Prizm Snow Clear
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: Yes
  • OTG: Yes Large only

Overall Score

85
Lens Clarity9.0


Field of View9.5


Flat Light Performance9.0


Anti-fog Performance9.0


Lens Swapping6.0


Comfort8.5

What we liked:

  • Low profile frames with huge peripheral vision
  • Good flat light visibility with PRIZM lens
  • Good ventilation and anti-fog performance
  • Available in 3 sizes
  • OTG compatible (L size only)
  • Many lens options to choose from

What we didn’t like:

  • The lens change system is old and not user friendly
  • No photochromic lens available
  • High price for a fixed lens goggle

Summary

The Line Miner Snow Goggles are the goggle of choice of Chloe Kim and Eileen Gu when competing. The Line Miner was one of the most seen goggles among freestyle skiers and snowboarders at the 2022 Winter Olympics. The Line Miner was designed to give the widest field of view in the smallest profile frame. It is available in 3 sizes to fit any size head.

The Line Miner has Oakley PRIZM lenses which give you the ultimate in clarity. They allow you to see definition in the snow and terrain better than the naked eye especially in flat light conditions. They use an F3 anti-fog coating that keeps them clear all day. Use the VLT 64% Prizm Snow Clear for night skiing.

The Line Miners are one of the best performing goggles for the terrain park or freeride skiing. They are the choice of many professional skiers. They don’t have easy to change lenses. They do have a much smaller profile frame and look for those who don’t like the big goggle look.

Who are these for?

Someone who wants the goggles that the pros use.

Full Review

See our detailed review of the Oakley Line Miner to learn more.

line miner side view chair lift

5 – Oakley Fall Line Snow Goggle

Oakley Fall LIne Product Image

Specifications

  • Sizing: Medium or Large
  • VLT: 64% Prizm Snow Clear
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: Yes
  • OTG: Yes, Large

Overall Score

89
Lens Clarity9.0


Field of View9.5


Flat Light Performance9.0


Anti-fog Performance9.5


Lens Swapping7.5


Comfort9.0

What we liked:

  • Stylish flat lens frameless look
  • Good flat light visibility with PRIZM lens
  • Good ventilation and anti-fog performance
  • Available in 2 sizes
  • OTG compatible (L size only)
    Many lens options to choose from

What we didn’t like:

  • Lens swap system not as quick and easy as magnetic systems
  • No photochromic lens available
  • High price

Summary

The Oakley Fall Line Goggles are a great high performance stylish flat lens ski goggle. They have great field of view, anti-fog performance, easy to swap lenses, and great looks. They come in a variety of VLT’s. The 64% Prizm Snow Clear is best choice for night skiing.

They have plenty of ventilation along with dual pane lenses and Oakley’s F3 anti-fog coating to keep the fog away. They have performed great at resisting fog. They clear up quickly if you do happen to get any fogging while standing around.

The Fall Line goggles have Oakley’s PRIZM lenses which are best in class for clarity and color defintion. They help you see the snow terrain better than the naked eye on flat light days.

The large size Fall Line is also OTG compatible for those who have to wear eye glasses.

These are a great night skiing snow goggle that is comfortable and stylish.

Who are these for?

Someone who wants the best possible lens clarity and anti fog performance from a stylish flat lens goggle

Full Review

See our detailed review of the Oakley Fall Line Ski Goggles to learn more.

MOD5 fall line front view chairlift

6 – Oakley Flight Deck Ski Goggles

Oakley Flight Deck Product Image

Specifications

  • Sizing: One size fits all
  • VLT: 79% persimmon lens
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: Yes
  • OTG: Yes

Overall Score

90
Lens Clarity9.5


Field of View9.5


Flat Light Performance9.0


Anti-fog Performance10.0


Lens Swapping7.5


Comfort8.5

What we liked:

  • Rimless design for increased visibility
  • Great anti-fog performance
  • Great lens clarity and color refinement

What we didn’t like:

  • Very high cost
  • Only one lens included

Summary

The Oakley Flight Deck Goggles are stylish high performing ski goggles. These goggles have a swappable lens so you can have a lens for night skiing and other conditions. The goggles only include one lens which will probably be a mirrored lens for bright light conditions. Choose a lens with a high VLT such as the persimmon lens for night skiing. The Oakley F3 anti fog coating on the inner lens is one of the best performing in the industry. The high quality foam around the frame feels great.

The Oakley Flight Deck Goggles are one of the best performing ski goggles today. Oakley goggles are pricy but they have the performance to back it up. They are high cost and we wish that a second lens was included for the money. Most other swappable lense goggles include a second lens. If cost is no issue these make a great ski or snowboarding goggle for night use.

Who are these for?

Someone who wants the very best performing lenses and is willing to pay for it.

Full Review

See our review of the Oakley Flight Deck Ski Goggles to learn more.

Oakley flight deck flat light day

7 – Juli Eyewear Ski Goggles

Juli ski goggles product image

Specifications

  • Sizing: One size fits all
  • VLT: 83% Clear lens
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: No
  • OTG: Yes for small frames

What we liked:

  • Comfortable frame
  • Very good anti-fog performance
  • Low cost

What we didn’t like:

  • Only works OTG with small glasses
  • Thin rubber in frame

Summary

The Juli Eyewear Ski Goggles are a good low cost option for night skiing. These are a non-swappable single lens design. The cylindrical lens is dual panel with good venting and anti-fog performance. The frame is comfortable with adequate foam padding. The manufacture states these are good for wearing over glasses. They will only fit over very small glasses. If you wear medium to large sized lens glasses these are not for you.

The Juli Eyewear ski goggles are a solid cheap option for night skiing with a clear lens. They represent a very good value in quality and performance ski and snowboard goggle.

Who are these for?

Someone who wants a cheap basic set of goggles with a clear lens for nightskiing.


riding chairlift while night skiing wearing ski goggles

Night Skiing Goggle Guide

There are many things to consider when buying ski goggles. Fit, lens selection, swappable lenses, lens shape, and fog resistance are the most important things to look for. Let’s take a quick look at each.

Fit

A ski goggle needs to seal against your face to stop air flow so you stay comfortable and to keep the goggle from fogging. It is best to try on goggles and see what feels best. They are all not the same size and shape. You should try them on with your helmet so you can see how they look and feel. Don’t be afraid to return them if the fit just isn’t right.

Lens selection

Ski goggles come with many different lens colors and VLTs. VLT is Visible Light Transmission and is how dark the lens is. A 15% VLT lens is a dark lens that lets 15% of the light through. For skiing at night we want a clear or very light colored lens that lets as much light through as possible. An 80% VLT or higher lens is recommended for skiing at night. See our guide to ski goggle lens colors to learn more.

Swappable lenses

Some goggles like the Smith Frontier have a fixed lens that can’t be changed. You may need different ski goggles for different light conditions. Other goggles have swappable lenses like the Outdoor Master Vision and Pro. These use magnets and you can swap the lens out in seconds while wearing goggles. You can carry extra lenses in your pocket for when the light changes.

Lens shape

Ski goggles come in 3 lens shapes. Cylindrical, Spherical and Toric.

  • Cylindrical lenses are the most basic and are a flat shaped lens. It gives you a cool retro look. They fog up easier because the lens is closer to your face.
  • Spherical lenses have a sphere shaped lens. It is the best shape for fog resistance. It can leave you looking a bit like your wearing space suit goggles.
  • Toric lenses are the latest and greatest shape that are cross between the 2 with less curvature in the vertical direction. These goggles have the least distortion, biggest field of view, and still good fog resistance.

Fog resistance

The biggest factors for for resistance in a ski goggle are the anti-fog coating, ventilation, and lens shape. Ski goggles with a 3x or 5x anti-fog coating will resist fogging much better. Goggles with spherical or toric lenses and lots of ventilation keep the lens farther from your face and the vents move moisture out.

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Doug Ryan
Co-Founder & Chief Editor

I grew up back east in Pennsylvania and learned to ski on a family trip to Killington, Vermont when I was 6. I immediately fell in love with the mountains and outdoors and have been skiing across the US and Canada ever since. I went to school for Mechanical Engineering, and have a Master’s Degree in Material Science and Reliability.

I am a total gear nerd and love learning how things work and thinking about how they could be improved. Nothing excites me more than trying out new gear. I’d rather spend 3 hours taking my bike apart and learning how to change something than go to a bike shop. These days I reside in Michigan by the Great Lakes and go skiing, biking, and boating as much as possible.

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