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Gear Guide 2018: Women's Hot Shots

Don't get cold on the lift this season. Get a new outerwear kit instead.

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Let’s face it: unless you’re always warm, insulation for the chairlift is pretty much mandatory. These are some of our favorite outerwear options for all of your frontside adventures this season.

Obermeyer Double Dare 4-in-1 Jacket and Straight Line Pant

obermeyer double dare jacket straight line pant
Keri Bascetta

We love options, and this smart number offers a bunch: A four-way-stretch outer shell fits snugly over a snap-away hybrid insulator composed of a combo of 700-fill down and Primaloft synthetic insulation. Bonus: The liner jacket is reversible and can be worn alone on the town or during après-ski. The four-way stretch Straight Line Pant has thigh vents and a flattering waistband that sits just right. [Jacket, $549; Pant, $299. obermeyer.com]

Picture Mineral Jacket and Slany Pant

picture mineral jacket slany pant
Keri Bascetta

French brand Picture peddles vibrant colors, youthful styling, and a commitment to staying green (all apparel is made with at least 50 percent recycled or organic materials). We love the Mineral Jacket’s fun print, arm patch, colorful hood toggles, and hand gaiters with thumbholes. The freeride-style Slany completes the set with a printed powder skirt, and cute drawcords at the waist for added flair. [Jacket, $220; Pant, $200. picture-organic-clothing.com]

686 Solstice Jacket; Geode Pant; Flo Zip Polar Fleece

686 solstice jacket geode pant flo zip polar fleece
Keri Bascetta

Cheers to 686 for creating a jacket that checks all the boxes: warm, stylish, technical, packed with extras (tissue pocket? why not?), and reasonably priced. The brand’s Thermagraph insulation mapping ensures warmth where you’re most likely to need it, and is featured in both the jacket and pant. Slip into the slim-fit Flo ZipFleece for extra insulation on cold-smoke days, followed by the perfect après look. [Jacket, $270; Pant, $230; Fleece, $100. 686.com]

Outdoor Research Igneo Jacket and Pant

outdoor research igneo jacket pant
Keri Bascetta

This cute and sassy ensemble got spiffed up for the season with a slimmer silhouette and fun new prints that transform the look. It’s still trustworthy as a go-to resort outfit; the jacket’s Thermore synthetic insulation keeping you warm on the lift and cool on the way down. The lightly insulated pant is comfy and heat-regulating, with thigh vents and plenty of pockets, plus a beacon stash may even encourage you to push your boundaries beyond the lifts. [Jacket, $349; Pant, $249. outdoorresearch.com]

Columbia Powder Keg Jacket and Pant; Ghost Mountain Jacket

columbia powder keg jacket pant ghost mountain jacket
Keri Bascetta

Columbia’s apparel makes the cut for a reason. For one, it looks good, and the Powder Keg kit is no exception. We love this year’s colors and styling. Second, it performs. The Omni-Heat reflective technology traps warmth, and the Omni-Tech waterproof/breathable outer fabric releases it. The Ghost Mountain uses Polartec Alpha active insulation for warmth plus breathability for your uphill and downhill pursuits. [Jacket, $350; Pant, $250; Midlayer, $140. columbia.com]