Underneath it all, the base layer can be the difference between an unbeatable powder day and an afternoon spent drying out in the lodge. That's because this crucial piece of clothing is in charge of delivering comfort and performance at the next-to-skin level where it's arguably the most important. 

For the 2013/2014 ski season, these eight base layers boast breathable, condition-chameleon capabilities for the ultimate garment that has your back all day while never getting in the way of your ski experience.