Apr 11, 2024

23 Best Women’s Ski Suits for Winter — Best Ski Suits for Women

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Former Olympic skiers Lindsey Vonn and Kiley McKinnon gave us their tips for finding ski gear that’s as functional as it is fashionable.

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:

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.

There are those who like to blend in with the elements as we zip down the trail. And then there are those who’d prefer to be easily spotted in lift lines. If you fall into the latter category, look no further than Brazilian label Farm Rio’s new line of gorgeous ski jumpsuits in a variety of bright colors and patterns. Fashion meets function with a removable buckle belt and easily accessible side-zip pockets.

Whether you’re more interested in black-diamond runs or snowy photo shoots, this adorable jacquard ski suit from FP Movement will ensure you look like an expert either way.

The first time I slipped into this suit, I knew without a doubt it would be my new favorite jacket. McKinnon co-founded Halfdays with her partner, Ariana Ferwerda, in pursuit of ski gear that was designed specifically for women, in the proportions and colors women like to wear. Even as an Olympian, McKinnon never felt comfortable in her ski uniform, a feeling that led her to pursue better—and more stylish—options. “Really having something that fits your body well is just something that I’d always been looking for,” she says. “And then on top of that, of course our product is really technical as well.”

The Aston Jacket, in particular, is a personal favorite because of the way it cinches the waist without limiting mobility. It’s insulated without being too outrageously puffy but light enough to wear with additional layers underneath. Plus, numerous inside and outside pockets make it ideal for toting around the ski day necessities: your phone, ski pass, chapstick, snacks, and Kleenex.

What people are saying: “I love the fit of this jacket. It’s unlike any ski jacket I’ve had before, as it’s a lot more flattering. I’m a big fan of the cellphone leash on the upper pocket too. I was worried the coat wouldn’t be warm enough, but it’s kept me warm on single-digit days in the Midwest and for skiing 3 days in Utah this January. I would recommend dozing down. I’m 5’1”, 145 lbs and ordered a medium.”

Vonn, a world-renowned skier and Olympic athlete, teamed up with HEAD Sportswear for a special ski gear line, which includes this gorgeous one-piece suit. “My name is my reputation, so I am very selective with who I partner with,” she wrote in an email. “People know me, and what I stand for, so with HEAD, they fit the mold.”

Vonn’s personal favorite from her collection, the Legacy One-Piece is tight-fitting but nonrestrictive, made with stretch fabric for additional comfort. You can layer on an additional shell for extra warmth, but Vonn—as someone who would “rather be too warm than too cold”—promises the one-piece itself is well-insulated.

Another well-regarded name in the world of snowsports is Obermeyer, and if you’re looking for a true onesie ski suit, the Katze suit is a stylish, flattering piece that hugs the body without limiting your shredding.

Don’t balk at the price tag; there’s a reason you’ll spot so many ski instructors in Helly Hansen suits: They get the job done. High-quality products, like this insulated ski suit, are worth the extra dough to make your hours slicing through powder that much more enjoyable. “I always think to myself when I’m warm on the chairlift in a storm, that it was worth the money,” Vonn writes.

The retro vibe of this Cordova one-piece ski suit is one of my favorites; it’s colorful without being too loud. The cut of the trousers, in particular, evokes a ’70s feel, as the material hugs the knees before widening to fit even a bulky pair of ski boots. Best of all, the whole thing’s machine washable.

The matching Halfdays Alessandra Pants are well-tailored, fitted at the waist and hips but roomy enough for undergarments and easy mobility. Plus, they come in an array of gorgeous colors.

“A lot of things that we’ve seen with ski wear in the past was that they did what was called ‘shrink and pink,’” McKinnon says. “So they took men’s ski wear and just made it in smaller sizes and then put it in colors that they assumed that women wanted to wear, which a lot of the time was not the case.”

What people are saying: “I love the Alessandra pant. They look awesome and move really well out on the slopes. On a really cold day, I need a solid mid-layer to stay warm—my previous pants were a bit warmer--but for me, the upgrade to snow pants that look great and move well was totally worth it.”

Vonn says she pairs the Legacy One-Piece with the Eva Vest on chillier days, which keeps her torso toasty without adding too much additional weight or heft. “Clean, classy, and warm,” she writes.

For a less expensive but no less powerful option, REI Co-op’s Powderbound line is waterproof and insulated but breathable for a price that’ll allow you to still afford lift tickets. The jacket is built to withstand rain and snow with ease, meaning it’s useful for activities beyond downhill skiing. Plus, pit zips provide extra ventilation during those beautiful bluebird days.

What people are saying: “I bought this jacket ahead of a winter trip to Iceland, and it was the only jacket I needed. It rained, it snowed, the wind nearly blew me over, and all I needed was this jacket and a merino base layer, and my upper body felt perfectly comfortable.”

To create a full snowsuit, pair the Powerbound jacket with these snow pants, which feature belt loops and elastic to create the perfect fit at your waist.

What people are saying: “The pants fit well, and they are comfortable. They are warm and pretty good-looking. Just what I was looking for!”

For fans of the tailored one-piece look, this Colmar jumpsuit is as stylish as it is technical. The diagonal patterned torso and buckled pants make for a classic, feminine silhouette, while the materials retain heat and lock out moisture.

I took this jacket for a spin recently and was impressed by how cozy it kept me, even with nothing but a turtleneck underneath. A sizable attached hood can easily fit a ski helmet, and the cut of the torso is flattering without sacrificing room for undergarments. Nor did a breeze penetrate the tough material made from 100-percent recycled fabric. This is an excellent all-around fit for skiers who, as McKinnon puts it, “run cold” on the mountain.

The Colmar ski set is complete with these padded ski pants, which feature a stylish buckled belt. Partially heat-sealed with waterproof and snowproof gaiters, these pants made it easy for me to move without allowing any cold air to bite.

“Something that is important to look for is if the garment is fully seam sealed,” McKinnon says, and this Arc’teryx Sentinel Jacket fits the bill. A beloved brand in ski gear, Arc’teryx is known for top-tier designs, and the Sentinel Jacket is a great pick for those who prefer a flannel-lined, weatherproof shell instead of a bulky down-insulated coat.

What people are saying: “Jacket is everything it’s supposed to be. Very happy with it. Would be nice to have chest pockets for radios.”

Attachments on the Arc’teryx Sentinel Jacket link perfectly to these Sentinel Pants, converting the set into a one-piece that prevents any snow from seeping in.

What people are saying: “These Gortex pants have nice features like the fasteners at the waist and pockets that aren’t bulky but have plenty of room for a phone, etc. The bum area has a good amount of room, and the legs have a streamlined effect.”

Another affordable shell option is this Outdoor Research pick, made of lightweight, stretchy, seam-sealed fabric. “People do really like [shells] because you can choose your own layering system underneath them to really make it your own,” McKinnon says.

What people are saying: “Absolutely loving everything about this jacket! Generous fit, so it’s super easy to layer underneath it. Pit zips are critical, and this jacket delivers!”

Pair the Outdoor Research jacket with these pants from acclaimed brand Black Diamond. The stretchy fit gives you range of motion, while vents and leg zippers give you the option to dump heat if the temperature rises.

What people are saying: “I love these pants. I use a base layer, and I am ready to go. They fit great, stretch and move well. I love the insulated front right pocket for my phone, and the buckle for the belt is easy to use even with gloves on. Super dry even in PNW rainy conditions or heavy snow.”

An excellent everyday pick for beginners, this Burton shell can work for warm bluebird days alone or with multiple under-layers on blustery mornings. Neither form-fitting nor baggy, it’s also a great choice for those who favor comfort above all else.

As much as ski gear is about performance, it’s also about preference, and arguments abound over whether bib pants or strapless pants are best. If you’re a bib lover, you’ll find you can wade these bad boys through deep powder without a smidge of seepage. (And the so-called “barn-door zipper” makes bathroom breaks a cinch.)

Lauren Puckett-Pope is a staff culture writer at ELLE, where she primarily covers film, television and books. She was previously an associate editor at ELLE.

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