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The 23 Best Women’s Ski Suits to Stay Warm (and Chic) on the Mountain

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There are perhaps few universal truths in the sport of skiing, but this is one of them: If your winter gear can’t handle the challenge, then neither can you. I’ve been skiing since I was a toddler, and I’ve spent enough days powering through -5 degree weather to know a well-insulated women’s ski suit can be the difference between a smooth run and a faceplant into the nearest mogul. But finding the right jacket and pants is a subtle art, combining fashion, form, and function. To suss out which are the best options on the market right now, we enlisted former Olympic skiers Lindsey Vonn and Kiley McKinnon to help us break down what to look for.

Says McKinnon, a 2018 Team USA Olympian and the co-founder of women’s skiwear brand Halfday, there are three main questions to ask yourself when shopping for a ski suit:

  1. Is it waterproof? If snow or moisture seeps into your clothes through your suit, that’s game over.
  2. How insulated do you want it to be? If you “run cold,” you might need a puffier coat with more padding. If you run hot, you’d likely prefer a shell jacket, under which you can layer as many undergarments as you’d like and take them off if you get warm.
  3. Is the suit functional for skiing? “Meaning. does the hood fit over the helmet?” McKinnon explains. “Is there a ski pass pocket? Is there a powder skirt, which is the thing that goes around your waist to keep out the snow? I think it’s really important to make sure that you are distinguishing between an actual ski set and just a regular puffer jacket and pants.”
    • Best Women’s Ski Jacket Overall

      Aston Jacket Halfdays

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    • Best Women’s Ski Pant Overall

      Alessandra Pant Halfdays

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    • Best One-Piece Ski Suit

      Legacy One-Piece HEAD Sportswear

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    • Best Additional Ski Layer

      Eva Vest HEAD Sportswear

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    • Best Ski Suit on Amazon

      Katze Suit Obermeyer

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    Ahead, a few of our favorite tried-and-tested options for your best day on the mountain yet. Bonus: No need to sacrifice your sense of style.


    Best Women’s Ski Jacket Overall

    Halfdays

    Aston Jacket

    Best Women’s Ski Pant Overall

    Halfdays

    Alessandra Pant

    Best One-Piece Ski Suit

    HEAD Sportswear

    Legacy One-Piece

    Best Additional Ski Layer

    HEAD Sportswear

    Eva Vest

    Best Ski Suit on Amazon

    Obermeyer

    Katze Suit

    Best Budget Ski Jacket

    REI Co-op

    Powderbound Insulated Jacket

    Best Budget Ski Pants

    REI Co-op

    Powderbound Insulated Snow Pants

    Best for Color Lovers

    Farm Rio

    Mixed Scarves Ski Jumpsuit

    Best for Minimalists

    Colmar

    Stretch Softshell Ski Suit

    Best for Colder Days

    Colmar

    Stretch Ski Jacket with Hood-Collar

    Best Insulating Pants

    Colmar

    Padded Ski Pants with Belt

    Machine Washable

    Cordova

    Avorias Belted Colorblocked Ski Suit

    Best Flannel-Lined Shell Jacket

    Arc’teryx

    Sentinel Jacket

    Best Women’s Fit Ski Pants

    Arc’teryx

    Sentinel Pants

    Best for Layering

    Outdoor Research

    Skytour AscentShell Jacket

    Best for Ventilation

    Black Diamond

    Recon Stretch Ski Pant

    Best for Beginners

    Burton

    Pyne 2L Jacket

    Best Bib Pants

    Flylow

    Foxy Bib Pant

    Best Hybrid Ski Jacket

    The North Face

    Plus Gatekeeper Jacket

    Best Affordable Bib Pants

    The North Face

    Plus Freedom Insulated Bibs

    Best Luxury Ski Suit

    Helly Hansen

    Courchevel Insulated Ski Suit

    Best Printed Ski Suit

    Free People

    All Prepped Jacquard Ski Suit

    Most Versatile Ski Jacket

    Patagonia

    SnowDrifter Jacket

    Associate Editor Lauren Puckett-Pope is an associate editor at ELLE, where she covers film, TV, books and fashion. 

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