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Whether you’re zipping down the mountain, tubing, or cross-country skiing, you’re going to need a bunch of gear to stay comfortable. One of the key pieces you’ll need is a trusty pair of ski pants. And who better to consult than folks who practically live on the slopes? I asked a handful of Olympian skiers for the best women’s ski pants on the market, and I can assure you their top picks include something for everyone.

When looking for ski pants, you should consider comfort, fit, breathability, design, and style. Let’s start with comfort. Do the pants allow for free range of movement while you ski or do they feel too restrictive? For fit, are you aiming for a looser- or tighter-fitting garment? While some skiers prefer to be snug, others opt for snowboard pants or men’s sizing to achieve a baggier feel.

You might be wondering why breathability is mentioned here. Although you might think you should buy pants that keep you extra warm, you may very well break a sweat at some point during the day and wish you had ordered a more lightweight pair. Luckily, some pants feature design elements that release heat. As for design, I’m really talking about practicality. You’re likely not bringing a purse, backpack, or any kind of bag with you on the slopes. So ideally, your ski pants have plenty of pockets and compartments to store all of your essentials (think sunscreen, chapstick, your valuables, hand warmers, and snacks).

Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to pick ski pants that match your personal style. Whether you want to blend in with versatile neutrals or make a bold statement in the lift lines, our experts’ picks have got you covered.

So without further ado, keep scrolling to discover the absolute best women’s ski pants, according to Olympian skiers.

The Best Women’s Ski Pants of 2024 at a Glance

Who are our experts?

Jaelin Kauf (@jaekauf)

  • Current U.S. Ski Team Member
  • 2022 Olympic Silver Medalist (Moguls)
  • Fastest woman on the mogul’s World Cup circuit, consistently ranking in the top-five for the past four seasons
  • 7 World Cup victories
  • 25 World Cup podiums
  • 4 World Championship podiums
  • 5 National Championship titles

Olivia Giaccio (@oliviagiaccio)

  • Current U.S. Ski Team Member
  • 2022 Olympian (Moguls)
  • First woman to attempt a cork 1080 in a World Cup competition
  • Has skied at 68 resorts thus far
  • World Cup victory

Sophia Laukli (@sophialaukli)

  • Current U.S. Ski Team Member
  • Member of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Cross Country Team
  • Youngest American to Win a FIS World Cup Cross-Country Race
  • Had her first FIS World Cup podium in the final stage of the 2022-23 Tour de Ski
  • Professional trail runner with Salomon and went on to win the overall in the prestigious Golden Trail Series world series

Ashley Caldwell (@ashleyskis93)

  • Current U.S. Ski Team Member
  • 2022 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist (Aerials)
  • World Champion
  • Only female to land “The Daddy,” a quadruple-twisting triple backflip
  • Holds a World Record for the hardest acrobatic trick ever landed by a female
  • 4 Olympic Games since 2010
  • World Cup Championship title in 2016

Halfdays Carson Bib Pant

Halfdays Carson Bib Pant

Halfdays.

Halfdays Carson Bib Pant

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Material Shell/Lining/Insulation: 100% Recycled Polyester
Fit Women’s; Fitted
Waterproof Yes (20,000 mm waterproof rating)
Weight 780g
Colorways Black, Navy, Oat Milk, Flame, Spritz, Sage, Disco, Lightning, Mustang, Alpine Green, Alpenglow (11)
Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, 1X, 2X
Length(s) Regular, Short
RECCO No
Care Machine wash cold separately.
Only use technical fabric detergent.
Don’t use a center agitator washing machine.
Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.
Do not iron. Do not dry clean.
Discounted Colorways Sage and Alpenglow on Halfdays; Blue Bird, Granita, and Olive on Backcountry

“These pants are the perfect combination of practicality and style. I love that they offer a feminine style without being too form-fitting and tight. Bibs are also a must for me when skiing and these have the high back that keeps any snow out!”

Jaelin Kauf, 2022 Olympic Silver Medalist (Moguls)

Kappa 6Cento 622P US Snowboard Pants

Kappa 6Cento 622P US Snowboard Pants

Kappa.

Kappa 6Cento 622P US Snowboard Pants

Material 100% Polyester
Fit Men’s; Regular fit
Waterproof Yes (20000 mm waterproof rating)
Breathability 20000gr/m2/24 breathability rating
Colorways Black, Navy, Blue Fiord, Red (4)
Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL
RECCO No
Length(s) Regular

“These pants are breathable, comfortable, and are resistant to all the wear and tear that skiing puts them through. I love a bit of a baggier fit, so I wear the snowboard-style pants while competing. I also love the pop of color — it’s always fun to represent the USA in our color scheme while competing on the road!”

Olivia Giaccio, 2022 Olympian (Moguls)

Helly Hansen Ridge Infinity Shell Pants

Helly Hansen Ridge Infinity Shell Pants

Helly Hansen.

Helly Hansen Ridge Infinity Shell Pants

Material Shell: 54% Polyester (Recycled), 46% Polyester
Fit Men’s; Customers say it “runs large”
Waterproof Yes
Breathability 20,000g/m² breathability rating
Weight 600g
Colorways 574 Midnight, 658 Hickory, 755 Triple ESPR, 876 Concrete, 584 Ocean, 495 Darkest SPR (6)
Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL
RECCO Yes
Length(s) Regular
Care Close hook and loop before washing. Close zippers before washing. Do not iron on print. Do not soak. Do not use fabric softener. Do not use washing detergent. Wash separately. Remove promptly from the dryer. Use washing agent for technical garments. Wash with extra rinse cycle.
Discounted Colorways Darkest Spruce, Ocean, and Storm on Backcountry

“I love these snow pants: they’re ultra light, so they’re perfect for a warm ski day or an activity where you’re getting a little sweatier — like backcountry touring! I definitely wouldn’t recommend wearing them on a cold day, though, as you might freeze!”

Olivia Giaccio, 2022 Olympian (Moguls)

Arc’teryx Beta Pant

Arc'teryx Beta Pant

Arc’teryx.

Material N70p 3L GORE-TEX fabric with GORE C-KNIT™ backer technology
Fit Women’s; Regular fit
Waterproof Yes
Windproof Yes
Weight 310g
Colorways Black (1)
Sizes XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, 2X
Length(s) Regular, Short, Tall
RECCO No
Care Do Not Bleach
Close All Fastenings Before Wash
Machine Wash Medium
Tumble Dry Normal Medium
Do Not Dry Clean
Do Not Iron
Wash Separately
Do Not Use Fabric Softener
Double Rinse
Do Not Leave Wet
Remove Immediately

“These pants are another lightweight option with a little more insulation and flexibility in controlling your temperature. The side zippers on these are a game-changer when it comes to how hot/cool you want to be!”

Olivia Giaccio, 2022 Olympian (Moguls)

Salomon S/Lab QST Gore-Tex Pro Shell Pants

Salomon S/Lab QST Gore-Tex Pro Shell Pants
Salomon.
Material Body insert: 85% Polyamide, 15% Elastane; Lower lining: 100% Polyamide
Fit Women’s; Regular fit
Waterproof Yes (28000mm waterproof rating)
Windproof Yes
Breathability 28000gr/m2 breathability rating
Weight 650g
Colorways Deep Black, Olive Night/Almond Milk (2)
Sizes S, M, L, XL
Length(s) Regular
RECCO No
Care Do Not Dry Clean
Machine Wash Cold (30°C)
Tumble Dry Low
Wash With Fasteners Closed
Cool Iron
Do Not Bleach
Do Not Use Fabric Softener

“Shells are my go-to for days in the mountains because I can add or subtract layers from underneath depending on the day. The bibs also help keep snow out while adding pockets for essentials (a.k.a. snacks).”

Sophia Laukli, member of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Cross Country Team and the 2020 Junior World Championship Team Relay Silver Medalist

Salomon Brilliant Ski Pants

Salomon Brilliant Ski Pants

Salomon.

Salomon Brilliant Ski Pants

Material Padding: 100% Polyester; Bottom: 84% Polyamide, 16% Elastane; Lining insert: 93% Polyester, 7% Elastane; Pocket Lining: 100% Polyester
Fit Women’s; Regular fit
Waterproof Yes (20000mm waterproof rating)
Windproof Yes
Breathability 20000gr/m2 breathability rating
Weight 800g
Colorways Deep Black, Enamel Blue, Safari (3)
Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL
Length(s) Regular
RECCO No
Care Do Not Dry Clean
Machine Wash Cold (30°C)
Tumble Dry Low
Wash With Fasteners Closed
Cool Iron
Do Not Bleach
Do Not Use Fabric Softener
Discounted Colorways Safari on Moosejaw

“When it’s super cold and the outing is relaxed, I’ll grab these for the insulation and versatility. They’re still waterproof but easier to wear in many settings since they don’t have a bib top. In black, they pair with anything.”

Sophia Laukli, member of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Cross Country Team and the 2020 Junior World Championship Team Relay Silver Medalist

Salomon Gore-Tex Infinium Windstopper Tights

Salomon Gore-Tex Infinium Windstopper Tights

Salomon.

Salomon Gore-Tex Infinium Windstopper Tights

Material 79% Polyamide, 21% Elastane
Fit Women’s; Fitted
Windproof Yes
Weight 250g
Colorways Deep Black (1)
Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL
Length(s) Regular
RECCO No
Care Do Not Dry Clean
Machine Wash Cold (30°C)
Tumble Dry Low
Do Not Bleach
Do Not Use Fabric Softener
Do Not Iron
Discounted Colorways Deep Black on Moosejaw

“These pants are awesome anytime it’s cold out – equally good for cross-country skiing and running when the temps are low. Can’t go wrong with Gore-Tex, especially when it’s wet or windy.”

Sophia Laukli, member of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Cross Country Team and the 2020 Junior World Championship Team Relay Silver Medalist

Swix Triac NeoShell Pants

Swix Triac NeoShell Pants
Swix.
Material Main Material: 65% Polyamide, 35% polyester; Second Material: 53% Polyamide, 47% Elastane; Panel: 57% Polyamide, 28% Polyester, 15% Elastane
Fit Women’s; Snug fit
Windproof Yes
Weight 270g
Colorways Black (1)
Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL
Length(s) Regular
RECCO No

“These are my go-to pants to wear over my race suit on race-day. They’re great for training and I very much look forward to putting them back on after a race (but would suggest keeping them on unless you have to take them off!).”

Sophia Laukli, member of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Cross Country Team and the 2020 Junior World Championship Team Relay Silver Medalist

Kappa 6Cento 665 US Ski Pants

Kappa 6Cento 665 US Ski Pants

Kappa.

Kappa 6Cento 665 US Ski Pants

Material 100% Polyester
Fit Women’s; Slim fit
Waterproof Yes (20000 mm waterproof rating)
Breathability 20000gr/m2/24 breathability rating
Colorways White, Grey Asphalt, Navy (3)
Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL
Length(s) Regular
RECCO No

“These pants fit great! It’s hard to find ski pants that move and make you look good! They are also super warm for those chilly and windy powdays! The waistband is perfect for adjusting to your size and there are leg vents if you get too hot!”

Ashley Caldwell, 2022 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist (Aerials) and World Champion

Kappa 6Cento 622P US Snowboard Pants

Kappa 6Cento 622P US Snowboard Pants

Kappa.

Kappa 6Cento 622P US Snowboard Pants

Material 100% Polyester
Fit Men’s; Regular fit
Waterproof Yes (20000 mm waterproof rating)
Breathability 20000gr/m2/24 breathability rating
Colorways Black, Blue Fiord, Navy, Red (4)
Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL
Length(s) Regular
RECCO No

“Also an incredibly warm pant! They move easy and are great for when you want a baggier fit!”

Ashley Caldwell, 2022 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist (Aerials) and World Champion


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