If you’ve booked your first ski holiday since the event that shall not be named, then the search is officially on the best ski wear. Finding the coolest pieces is one of the most fun aspects of planning, but it can be a bit tricky.
So I’ve done all the hard work for you and pulled together some pieces that are practical yet stylish, and work for all snow activities, from hitting the slopes to winter walks and those all-important après ski hot toddys.
There’s so much around, for every budget. High street stores from Very to H&M offer affordable ski wear without compromising on performance, though of course however it’s worth noting that specialised sports brands might have access to better technologies, which would be reflected in the price.
Dare 2bLaura Whitmore Striking II Ski Jacket – £160 at very
The Laura Whitmore Edit Striking II Ski Jacket from Dare 2B. Long line and quilted, made from ARED 5 000 waterproof and breathable fabric. Soft-touch and high-shine with flattering cut lines. Snug low bulk padding to keep the heat in. Featuring hood trimmed with detachable silky soft faux-fur.
There’s literally a style to suit every taste, though I’m loving the retro vibes offered by the likes of Perfect Moment and Cordova. A higher price point for sure, but something that will make you feel like you’re the next 007.
PERFECT MOMENT Tignes hooded striped ski suit – £725 at Net-A-Porter
Enhanced with four-way stretch so your movements are unrestricted, this striped ski suit is made from waterproof and breathable Toray Dermizax™ shell and lined with thermal fleece for warmth. The hood is compatible with helmets while the zip fastenings are rubberized.
If you’re a regular skiier, then it’s definitely worth investing in a pair of ski boots, even if you’re only going once a year. A custom fitted pair of boots will actually reduce the risk of injuries and better your performance – plus it’s a more hygienic option.
I personally rate the Snow + Rock boot fitting service, which is actually available all year round. It starts with a foot analysis and boot customisation, and a few questions about your skiing level (whether you’re a regular, go for black pistes, are off piste etc). Then you determine your budget, and after a few tests to see if the boot fits, have a custom footbed made to perfectly mould the contours of your feet.
Atomic Womens Hawx Magna 95 Ski Boot – £280 at SNOW + ROCK
The all-mountain Atomic Hawx Magna 95 is a ski boot that women with wide feet can ski all day with power and precision. The Legendary Hawx Feel, fit and performance in a 102mm last for a wider fit, it comes with a women’s specific fluted cuff.
Apres ski clothing
There’s nothing like a cosy Fairisle jumper, shearling jacket or knitted joggers to really make you feel stylish off the slopes. And who doesn’t love a retro Moon Boot, especially when it’s a Chloé one?
Pardon the pun, but the above is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to women’s ski wear. Keep scrolling to shop my edit of the best essentials, from ski goggles to ski jackets and suits.