The 8 Best Women's Ski Pants to Buy in 2017

Don't hit the slopes without them

Ski pants are necessary to keep you warm and comfortable on the slopes, but you don't need to sacrifice fashion for function. Women's ski pants come in a variety of flattering styles that are in vogue, but will always shield your legs from the elements. Here is a list of women's ski pants that are both fashionable and functional.

This Norwegian brand is renowned for their waterproof-breathable fabrics and professional-grade design and manufacturing. The Helly Hansen Legendary Ski Pants are exactly that, with a classic resort style and exceptional weather protection. These seam-sealed Helly Tech Performance 2L mechanical stretch ski pants will keep you dry, warm and comfortable no matter what your ski day throws at you. They’re insulated with 60g PrimaLoft to keep you toasty, and when it warms up mechanical venting ensures you won’t overheat, even when you’re charging hard. Other skier-centric touches include articulated knees, water resistant zippers and RECCO avalanche rescue system.

Spyder is the official apparel brand behind the U.S. Ski Team, but you don’t have to shred an Olympic slalom to rock these pants. Spyder calls their Slalom Pants their favorite because of its retro style and slim silhouette. There’s plenty of function, too, thanks to a Nylon 3L Windproof Soft shell with Xt.L 10k/10k laminate and Spylon DWR; inner snow gaiters with cuff anchors keep your boots warm and dry. Inside, soft bonded fleece feels so good against your skin, you might go without a baselayer.

When you’re skinning a trail into deep snow you can count on the Outdoor Research Trailbreaker Pants to not just keep you dry, but to go above and beyond. Up top, they have a breathable, double weave stretch-woven soft shell. Meanwhile, the lower legs are protected by a waterproof three-layer Pertex Shield DWR. Steep-and-deep ready design features include avalanche beacon pocket, outer thigh vents, reinforced scuff guards and stretch-mesh internal gaiter.

The 70-year-old ski apparel brand is built for shredding Aspen, Colorado, a four-resort powder paradise where the slopes range from mellow and scenic to steep and deep. The Obermeyer Bond II Pant is the brand’s most popular for their on-mountain performance and flattering fit dubbed “Skegging” (Ski Legging). They’re built with HydroBlock Sport 5,000mm waterproof/breathable technology to keep you dry and Ski Contour articulated knees for unrestricted mobility. Women-specific features include high-back waistband, zip hem gussets and elastic waist panel for enhanced fit.

Pick up the Mountain Hardwear Returnia Insulated Pants if you want to stay warm on the slopes all day long. They’re built with proprietary Dry.Q waterproof and breathable fabric to keep you dry and filled with 60g of down-mimicking Thermal.Q to keep you warm. Need more heat? Even the pockets are lined with fleece so you can keep your fingers toasty.

The North Face is known for making apparel for the harshest environments on the planet, and their Apex STH Pants not only perform on the slopes, they also look good in the resort village. These slim-fit, three-layer soft-shell ski pants are windproof, and a durable water repellent (DWR) keeps flakes and water at bay. Adjustable waist tabs ensure proper fit while a StretchVent gaiter with gripper elastic keeps your boots covered. They’re lined with fleece to keep you warm, and the Chimney Venting system allows airflow when conditions heat up.

Like the jacket of the same name, you can’t get better ski pants for the buck than these Columbia Bugaboo Pants. Count on these pants to shield you from the elements with Omni-Tech waterproof and breathable fabric that is seam sealed. They’re designed with an adjustable waist, reinforced leg hem and an active fit for all-mountain mobility.

Another budget entry, Boulder Gear Tech Soft Shell Pants have a polyester-spandex blend fabric that is stretchy and warm, as well as a waterproofing DWR that keeps moisture out. Wear them with or without base layer – the micro fleece lining wicks away moisture, dries fast and feels great against skin. Pockets feature waterproof zippers to keep your phone safe and sound, and leg zips make putting them on and off a cinch, even over boots.

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