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.
This red Bogner Beline logo print ski top is cut with technical fabric with a stretchy finish for a slim fit. It features a high neck with a zip fastening, long sleeves, all-over graphic patterning and double-stitched hems.
This lightly padded, quilted ski suit is made of water-repellent nylon with a sheen. It features a high collar, a zip down the front, long sleeves, a seam with a drawstring at the waist, welt front pockets, and straight legs.
Using impact-resistant, anti-shatter lens technology with unmatched clarity, the goggles have been produced using the highest quality material, ensuring eyes are guarded and have an unsurpassed field of vision. Not one to compromise on style or design, Spektrum’s Östra offers a range of colours and finishes to keep you looking stylish on the slopes.
Moncler Grenoble’s pink Allesaz hooded jacket is crafted from technical down-filled shell for optimum insulation and seam-sealed to create a water-repellent finish. It's accented with zipped pockets and jersey thumb-loop cuffs for added warmth.
These blue Fusalp Elancia II ski trousers are crafted from Softshell Schoeller and polar fleece fabric. Renowned for its flexibility, this style is water-repellent, wind-resistant and insulating. It has a high-rise waist with an adjustable waistband, front button fastening and zip fly, side zipped pockets, seam detailing at the knee and zipped hems.
You'll be hard pressed to find better quality ski socks than these FALKE beauties. They include light cushioning to protect your feet, and are made from a merino wool mix for good thermal insulation.
This ivory cable-knit sweater is embroidered with a graphic logo and blooming florals, evoking the playful spirit of Gucci's collaborative collection with The North Face.
Designed with a body contouring fit, these Thermal Ski Leggings offer maximum movement and comfort. With a handy leg pocket, detailed waistband and HC branding, the teflon coated fabric ensures they are both water and snow resistant.
AlphaTauri's Heatable Capsule Collection consists of smart pieces like this unisex vest, which can be heated at the touch of a button or via an app to the ideal feel-good temperature. AlphaTauri developed the Heatable Capsule Collection in cooperation with Telekom and Schoeller Textil AG. Each partner brought in its core competence: AlphaTauri was responsible for the product development and design of the capsule, while Telekom brought in the technology including the app. Schoeller Textil AG rounded off the cooperation with the E-Soft-Shell heating technology and all fabric used in the collection.
The perfect finishing touch to your après-ski outfit, these gloves are made from the finest quality lambswool. The fine striped long cuff gives extra warmth and altogether these features make these hand gloves a unique and playful item for the upcoming seasons.
This premium piece offers adjustable shoulder straps with front zip closure, zip cuffs with snow gaiters, a front zip pocket and RECCO Rescue System in case you get lost in the outdoors. There are YKK AquaGuard zippers to keep the water out with a 10,000mm waterproof rated exterior that is windproof, breathable, 4 way stretch and lightweight insulating for ample practicality.