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

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Best Ski Suit on Amazon

Obermeyer Katze Suit

Katze Suit

Best Ski Suit on Amazon

Obermeyer Katze Suit

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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.

Sizes: 0-14

Colors: Black, Navy, White, Red

Customer review: “This ski outfit is perfect! Material is awesome, it is thin so I would not expect to wear this on freezing cold days, but when I ski every weekend, there will be plenty of great days to wear.”

Best Overall Jacket

Halfdays Aston Jacket

Aston Jacket

Best Overall Jacket

Halfdays Aston Jacket

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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.

Sizes: XS-2X

Colors: 14 options

Customer review: “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.”

Best Bibs

Whitespace Riding Bibs

Riding Bibs

Best Bibs

Whitespace Riding Bibs

For the coolest kids on the mountain, there’s the recently launched apparel and gear from Shaun White’s namesake brand, Whitespace. If you’re a bib lover, you’ll find you can wade these bad boys through deep powder without a smidge of seepage. Slip them on over any of the brand’s base layers, or don them underneath this coveted Sky Blue Tie-Dye Cropped Puffer Jacket.

Sizes: XS-XL

Colors: Black, Ice Blue

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Best Retro Style

Fusalp Kira Hooded Ski Suit

Kira Hooded Ski Suit

Best Retro Style

Fusalp Kira Hooded Ski Suit

A color-blocked design lends a throwback style to the traditional one-piece ski suit, while a water-repellent weave and stretch softshell help maximize movement.

Sizes: 2-10

Colors: Marin/Racing, Vision/Noir

Best Sustainable Ski Suit

Erin Snow Clio ECO Recycled-Shell Ski Suit

Clio ECO Recycled-Shell Ski Suit

Best Sustainable Ski Suit

Erin Snow Clio ECO Recycled-Shell Ski Suit

It’s a merry moment when fashion and ethics coincide. This stylish suit is made from recycled materials and ECO Sporty® fabric, which is water-resistant and windproof. The endless array of features—including climate control and insulating material, underarm stretch panels, zippered pockets, and internal knit cuffs—make this enduring suit well worth the investment.

Sizes: 0-10

Colors: Black

Best Flannel-Lined Shell Jacket

Arc’teryx Sentinel Insulated Jacket

Sentinel Insulated Jacket

Best Flannel-Lined Shell Jacket

Arc’teryx Sentinel Insulated Jacket

“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.

Sizes: XXS-2XL

Colors: Black, Boxcar

Customer review: “Jacket is everything it’s supposed to be. Very happy with it. Would be nice to have chest pockets for radios.”

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Best Women’s Fit Ski Pants

Arc’teryx Sentinel Pants

Sentinel Pants

Best Women’s Fit Ski Pants

Arc’teryx Sentinel Pants

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.

Sizes: 2-16

Colors: Arctic Silk, Black, Boxcar, Storm Glow

Customer review: “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.”

Best for Colder Days

Colmar Stretch Ski Jacket

Stretch Ski Jacket

Best for Colder Days

Colmar Stretch Ski Jacket

A sizable attached hood on this jacket can easily fit a ski helmet, and the cut of the torso is flattering without sacrificing room for undergarments. The tough material made from 100-percent recycled fabric will withstand the bone-chilling breeze, so this an excellent all-around fit for skiers who, as McKinnon puts it, “run cold” on the mountain.

Sizes: 2-14

Colors: Black, Angelic Blue, Framboise, White

Editor review: “I took this jacket for a spin recently and was impressed by how cozy it kept me, even with nothing but a turtleneck underneath.” —Lauren Puckett-Pope

Best Insulating Pants

Colmar Padded Ski Pants

Padded Ski Pants

Best Insulating Pants

Colmar Padded Ski Pants

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 make it easy to move without allowing any cold air to bite.

Sizes: 2-16

Colors: Black, Framboise, Airforce, Thai Green

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Best Printed Ski Suit

Perfect Moment Starsuit One-Piece Ski Jumpsuit

Starsuit One-Piece Ski Jumpsuit

Best Printed Ski Suit

Perfect Moment Starsuit One-Piece Ski Jumpsuit

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

Sizes: S-L

Colors: Logo Star Print, Houndstooth

Best for Minimalists

Colmar Stretch Softshell Ski Suit

Stretch Softshell Ski Suit

Best for Minimalists

Colmar Stretch Softshell Ski Suit

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.

Sizes: 2-14

Colors: White, Black

Best Additional Ski Layer

GOBI Heat Basecamp Heated Base Layer Shirt

Basecamp Heated Base Layer Shirt

Best Additional Ski Layer

GOBI Heat Basecamp Heated Base Layer Shirt

This battery-operated pullover will keep your torso toasty warm without adding too much additional weight or heft.

Sizes: S-2XL

Colors: Black

Customer review: “Just made a 9,028 mile trip from Alaska to Maine. Always leaving after 3am each morning, and the Gobi inner layer was gold. I absolutely love mine.”

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Best Customizable Fit

Free People All Prepped Ski Suit

All Prepped Ski Suit

Best Customizable Fit

Free People All Prepped Ski Suit

This waterproof ski suit from Free People’s Movement line allows you to cozily customize precise features, like straps, hoods, and suspenders.

Sizes: XS-XL

Colors: 10 options

Customer review: “Great quality (better than my Bogner) and quite warm! Love it and looks amazing on. I’m petite (5’2”) and the XS length will be just perfect with snow/ski boots….def recommend!”

Machine Washable

Cordova Huracan Ski Suit

Huracan Ski Suit

Machine Washable

Cordova Huracan Ski Suit

The cut of these Cordova trousers 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 is machine washable.

Sizes: XXS-L

Colors: White

Best for Color Lovers

Farm Rio Bananas Ski Jumpsuit

Bananas Ski Jumpsuit

Best for Color Lovers

Farm Rio Bananas Ski Jumpsuit

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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 line of gorgeous ski jumpsuits in a variety of bright colors and patterns. Fashion fun meets function with a removable buckle belt and easily accessible side-zip pockets.

Sizes: XS-XL

Colors: Bananas, Pink Cashew, Mixed Scarves, Banana Bunch

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Best for Beginners

Burton Pyne 2L Jacket

Pyne 2L Jacket

Best for Beginners

Burton Pyne 2L Jacket

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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.

Sizes: XXS-2XL

Colors: Violet Halo, Tomato

Customer review: “Great riding jacket! Pockets located in all the needed spots.”

Best Hybrid Ski Jacket

The North Face Plus Freedom Jacket

Plus Freedom Jacket

Best Hybrid Ski Jacket

The North Face Plus Freedom Jacket

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Plenty of ski gear is made in plus sizes, but a favorite remains The North Face’s line, which features a flattering shape, well-insulated fabric, and plenty of pockets without an eye-popping price tag.

Sizes: XS-3X

Colors: Boysenberry, Black, Black/Almond, Pink Moss, Sage/Mandarin, Fawn Grey

Customer review: “Great product…just what I expected. Ordered 3X plus size, and it’s true to size with a little added room. great for skiing, work or play…the fabric is a soft material that is very durable. Would highly recommend. Love it!”

Best Overall Pant

Halfdays Alessandra Pant

Alessandra Pant

Best Overall Pant

Halfdays Alessandra Pant

Credit: Halfdays

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.”

Sizes: XS-2X

Colors: 15 options

Customer review: “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.”

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Best for Layering

Outdoor Research Skytour AscentShell Jacket

Skytour AscentShell Jacket

Best for Layering

Outdoor Research Skytour AscentShell Jacket

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.

Sizes: XS-XL

Colors: Jelly, Ultramarine

Customer review: “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!”

Best Affordable Bib Pants

The North Face Plus Freedom Insulated Bibs

Plus Freedom Insulated Bibs

Best Affordable Bib Pants

The North Face Plus Freedom Insulated Bibs

Credit: The North Face

Pair the Freedom jacket with these plus-sized insulated bibs, featuring adjustable suspenders for the perfect fit.

Sizes: XS-3X

Colors: 7 options

Customer review: “I just spent a few days skiing at Mont Tremblant. I can’t say enough good things about these ski bibs. They are comfortable and warm. I also love the pockets!”

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Lauren Puckett-Pope

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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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