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Discover what’s hot in female skiwear this season

We pick out some of our favourite women’s outwear from this year’s Snow+Rock range of carefully selected ski jackets and ski pants or salopettes.

The first port of call for many skiers, male or female, when kitting themselves out is the clothing section. Confronted with a wall of colour and textures, the clothing department of a ski store can often be an intimidating place. Where to start? What should I be looking for?
The Ski Club ventured down to Snow+Rock’s flagship store in Covent Garden to view the extensive range of products on offer and discover the season’s emerging trends and standout items.

Looking for men’s gear instead? Find our men’s range review here.

Over the past few years, brands have recognised that women’s skiwear cannot just be a spin-off from their men’s line. Each item must be designed from scratch to ensure maximum performance and a perfect female specific fit.

This season women’s jackets and pants match their male counterparts for performance and in many ways the range of styles on offer is far superior. Stylish budget options offer quality performance for a modest price while higher end pieces build on this to deliver higher levels of waterproofing, breathability and insulation while also improving fit and freedom of movement. In line with the rest of the ski industry, there is a trend towards producing garments with minimal environmental impact.

There is a fantastic range of products on the market this year to suit all styles, fits and uses. You can find Snow+Rock’s full range online, but we recommend heading down to one of their stores if you can to try the clothing on for yourself.

Head Aerial Jacket & Solstice Pants

Head Aerial Jacket and Solstice Pants – Heavyweight technical products making waves in the clothing market

Not short of technical experience, as one of the most iconic brands in skiing, Head have made bigger steps into the clothing market, and the jacket and pants ensemble has hugely impressed us with its technical specifications. A performance fit coupled with stretch materials allow you to juice every last iota of speed from your turns.

Keeping with Head’s reputation for high level performance, these garments sit at the performance end of the spectrum with sporty looks and technical feel fabrics. Speedy piste skiers and all-mountain lovers will feel right at home in this outfit. At £250 and £550 these premium products sit in the mid-upper price range, but we certainly think they are worth it.

Poivre blanc riva jacket and softshell pants

Poivre Blanc Riva Jacket and Softshell or Stretch Pants – Best-selling style

According to the skiwear supervisor in the store, this jacket is set to be a best seller, just as its predecessor was. Not much has changed in the most recent version, with the jacket retaining its signature style which looks at home on the mountain or in resort. Lofty insulation keeps you warm while the optional faux fur hood lets you choose your style for the day and the waist belt has been a huge hit with UK skiers. There are 6 different colour ways available at Snow+Rock this season, we can’t decide which one we like best, but staff have tipped the yellow jacket to be extremely popular.

This jacket can be paired with the well-fitted Stretch pants or Softshell if you are looking for something with a little more warmth. Both offer a fitted look and a high waist to ensure snow doesn’t find its way in to the waistband. With the jacket costing £350 and the pants £210 this outfit offers a premium feel without the premium price tag.

Henri duvillard penia jacket and ingrid pants

Henri Duvillard Penia Jacket and Ingrid Pants – Putting the form in performance

If you like the style of the Poivre Blanc but are looking for something a little more technical, then the Penia jacket and pants from Henri Duvillard is definitely worth considering. Classic, chic styling that is seen all over the Alps is married with high performance materials which make this set the ideal getup for style conscious skiers who will be on the piste all season - no matter the conditions or temperature. The pants share many of the same features and are available in short, regular and long fits to ensure a perfect fit.

A waterproof membrane keeps inclement conditions out while substantial insulation keeps heat in, great value for a suit that costs £670 for the set. If you ski from the cold dark months right to sunny Easter, and everything in between this outfit will keep you warm and dry in style.

Picture Exa Jacket and Pants – Amazing performance on a budget

Suiting all types of skier, this outfit is certainly turning some heads in the shops as well as on the mountain. At an accessible price point this suit is an attractive option for cost conscious skiers looking for performance gear. Priced at £230 and £170 the jacket and pant offer incredible value when you consider the cost of this full outfit is less than the price of some of the salopettes in this list!

With a stealthy look the outfit from the French brand is perfect for those looking for an understated look on the slopes (unless you opt for the hot pink bottoms!). All the essential features are included, with the benefit of a waist gaiter on the pants which is not often seen at this price. As with all Picture garments, pollution and environmental impact has been kept to an absolute minimum during the production and distribution of the articles. 45 single-use plastic bottles being recycled to make the jacket and the lining being recyclable by your local council, so if you choose picture you are being kind to both your bank balance and the environment.

Arc'teryx shashka jacket and sentinal pants

Arc’teryx Shashka Jacket and Sentinel Pants – Female freeriders look no further

Developed in tandem with their men’s line, Arc’teryx Shashka jacket and Sentinel pants are the go-to jacket and pants for girls that shred in the backcountry. A Gore-Tex Pro membrane protects you from the elements and allows moisture to escape when things warm up on the skin track.

Priced at £500 and £410 the jacket and pants combo may seem a little expensive when you consider they are only shell layers. However, they are incredibly hard wearing and come with a lifetime warranty that will keep you warm and dry in even the most hostile weather. The high level of waterproofing and breathability also make this jacket also makes a fantastic walking jacket for use in the UK, meaning that you really have a 4-season garment.