Ladies, it can get overwhelming with women’s ski gear, and quick, when shopping for anything new. All the options, the specs, the features … After a while it all starts to just mix into one. To help ease the frustration, here’s a list of some of the hottest head-to-toe women’s ski gear out there.
The Allure helmet by Smith Optics is a go-to for protection on the mountain whether skiing or snowboarding. This lightweight helmet is built with MIPS® (Multidirectional Impact Protection System) to protect your brain from any angled hit, and rotational forces. This helmet comes in multiple sizes and customizable options that provide you with proper fit and protection. The Allure helmet also has a ventilation system that works with any Smith Optics goggles to eliminate foggy lenses. The plush lining adds comfort, and warmth, even over your ears (ear pads are removable if they aren’t needed). The back of the helmet has a removable goggle strap lock as well for your utmost convenience.
Smith Optics Skyline goggles are not just a chic pair of goggles, but also offer considerable protection for your eyes. The distortion-free, polarized lenses sit in a rimless frame. You also have the option to select a lens featuring Smith Optic’s infamous ChromaPop™ technology. The ChromaPop™ lens will enhance your view in ways you never thought of by bringing to life every bit of the world around you with the utmost levels of clarity.
A face mask is a small part of your ensemble, but the one piece of women’s ski gear you don’t want to forget. This balaclava is a fun one for ladies because of the ponytail flap. There are many different preferences and needs you might have for a mask, and that’s why we have an entire post dedicated just to that, so feel free to check it out for more options.
The TREW Gear Chariot Bib is a must for bib and (pocket lovers). Thanks to the above-the-waist pocket, a zip chest pocket, zip, and flap thigh pockets, you will never have to worry about where to put all those need to have on hand items. The Chariot Bib features internal boot gaiters snow out working harmoniously with TREW Gear’s acclaimed 3L PNW fabric in keeping you warm and dry. This bib is nonrestrictive and extremely comfortable and easy to wear. The drop seat with the two-way zip being one of the many factors that contribute to comfort and ease in this women’s ski gear.
Pair the Chariot Bib with the Stella Jacket and be weatherproof. Also made with the 3L PNW fabric, your defense against water is strong on powder days or if the weather changes. Yes, even more pockets, because honestly, you can never have too many pockets. The hood is helmet-compatible, with an adjustable internal elastic giving you the ability to seal out the cold and wind if needed.
If you aren’t a fan of bibs, TREW Gear makes some awesome pants. The Powder Pants are not only noteworthy on the slopes, but also during après – and yes, their level of comfort is that remarkable. Just as the Chariot Bib and Stella Jacket, the Powder Pants are also made with TREW Gear’s new and improved 3L PNW fabric, and all the typical wear and tear areas are reinforced. These are some seriously durable pants. They also contain internal boot gaiters, no one wants to get snow up their pants. The fit is relaxed, yet still feminine and flattering.
Drab, unflattering base layers are in the past thanks to Kari Traa’s line. The Perle Half-Zip being a great example. This company is Norwegian and keeping warm is something they know a little bit about! Made with 10 percent merino wool, the comfort level is just as promising as its warmth. Because of its mixed blend material, it is also wicking, giving you something to wear year-round. Pair the Half-Zip with the Perle Pant for a look you’ll certainly want to show off during après. These leggings are fit to move with you, and wick away any moisture, with the flat-lock seams for a finessed look.
Keep your hands warm and dry season after season with the Obermeyer Regulator Gloves. These durable gloves will consistently provide you with the same warmth as the day you bought them. The specifically designed insulation placement gives you ultimate warmth and comfort without limiting your grip. The Regulator Glove is also waterproof, thanks to the HydroBlock® integrated technology that resists water (and stains) to keep your hands dry.
It’s hard to spend a lump sum on sticks that are going to get beat up, but what if they can be used for more than just skiing? This is a great pole for all-mountain skiers. The Expedition 2 Pro’s shaft is made of aluminum making this pole light and durable. The grip is designed to fit in your hands comfortably and naturally. When traveling, these ski poles collapse into a smaller size for easy packing. When the snow is melted, change out the baskets to transition into reliable hiking poles.
The Salomon Shift Pro Ski boots have the stability and power of an alpine boot with the added versatility of a touring boot. These boots are made with women’s anatomy in mind. This is seen especially in the design of the cuff and the features of the liner. The tongue of the liner is a moldable foam, which can be formed specifically to your comfort in areas around your shin, and sensitive foot zones. The Coreframe construction is extremely light, allowing you to feel more, and increase in power.
The Marker Squire 11 ID binding is an extremely light, yet sturdy binding great for intermediate to advanced all-mountain skiers. The SOLE.ID allows for versatility by accommodating Alpine or AT boots. This binding has a Triple Pivot Light Toe and Hollow Linkage Heel which makes it compact. The Hollow Linkage Heel optimizes retention on alpine and touring soles. The hollow axle minimizes weight while maximizing torsional stiffness.
If you’re looking for a ski that can handle whatever you put it through, this is it. These skis are extremely stable and solid but keep to being lightweight and easy to maneuver. The early rise rocker will help you stay on top of the powder and has a flex pattern designed just for women. Within the camber are camber pockets that will allow you to maximize your edge hold on hardpack. And for the graphics, Shaggy’s lets you create a ski that reflects your style. You can choose from their library, customize them with your name, design your own graphics, or have them design one just for you.
The Ritual LTD BOA® Boot is the lightest women’s snowboard boot that Burton makes. This boot has two independent lacing zones, which are adjusted with just the twist of a dial. The Ritual LTD boot has a snug fit between the boot and the hi-back of your binding to aid in fatigue reduction, as well as a snug fit between the boot and the tongue so that you don’t have to adjust your boot during your ride.
The ultraweave material makes this boot water-resistant and extremely durable. Created with the Total Comfort Construction, right out of the box, the Ritual LTD boot has a ‘broken-in’ feel.
The Lexa EST Bindings are extremely durable and low-profile, and a great choice for those who want a more playful feel. The sensoryBED cushioning design gives you the needed comfort while maintaining that desired connection with the board.
The single-component EST® mounting system provides a flexible footbed, and various stance setting options. The hi-back features a Zero Forward Lean, giving this binding it’s playful feel. [Disclaimer: This binding will only mount to boards with The Channel™ mounting system.]
The Rewind Camber Snowboard is a great all-mountain snowboard for those riders who “charge hard and like to flaunt a freestyle attitude.” This intermediate rider board has a soft and playful personality, and an off-axis construction so it aligns with you. The sintered base puts the control in your hands under any condition. It does have The Channel® mount, allowing you to set your perfect stance, and most major brand bindings are compatible.
The graphics on the Rewind Camber highlight the talent of artist Lauren Napolitano: “One part spiritual, one part charm, and a dash of evil … this board is pure magic.”
Comfort is always a top priority in all women’s ski gear and equipment, and having your boots, bindings, skis, or board set up to fit you is a key factor in the comfort and performance. If you’re in Colorado near Vail or Beaver Creek, Colorado Ski Base is a superb place to get all your gear tuned and fitted specifically to you. To find all of this great women’s ski gear, start with closest Christy Sports near you.