Gear Guide 2020: Women's Ski Outerwear

She wants to look great and stay warm? We've got her covered.

Step up your technical style game this season with a fresh new jacket, warm and dry snowpants, or get really adventurous in this winter's best new kit. Treat yourself to a new outfit this season and look as good as you ski.

GEAR OF THE YEAR: Mammut SOTA HS Hooded Jacket and Pant

Mammut SOTA HS Hooded Jacket and Pant

The best new women's kit of 2020: The Mammut SOTA HS Hooded Jacket and Pant.

Unlike most apparel names from Swiss brand Mammut, SOTA isn’t a German-derived moniker aimed to tongue-tie most American skiers. It stands for State of the Art, which it is thanks to the brand’s new three-layer PHASEknit material. This innovative technology is Mammut’s PFC-free answer to a burly, go-anywhere, do-anything shell kit for hard-charging women and men who don’t take it easy on their gear. Designed for long days in the deep, the SOTA is fully waterproof and breathable with abrasion-proof zones in high-traffic areas such as the knees and elbows. A helmet-compatible hood, pass pocket, ventilation on top and bottom, and a comfy fleece insert on the collar cement this as a solid frontside kit that will hold up season and after powdery season—and look good doing it.

  • Type: Shell
  • Fit: European
  • Mammut SOTA HS Hooded Jacket MSRP: $1,299
  • Mammut SOTA Pants MSRP: $899

Women's Ski Kits

Women's Kits 2020

From left to right: Picture Haakon Jacket and Exa Pant; Strafe Castle Jacket and Wildcat Pant;  Arc'Teryx Sentinel Jacket and Pant.

Picture Haakon Jacket and Exa Pant

Picture always manages to strike the right balance of style, performance, and a healthy dose of eco-awareness, and this year’s selection is no exception. We love the subdued yet fun print on the Haakon jacket almost as much as we love the fact that it’s made from recycled polyester and treated with a chemical-free water repellent. The street-styled Exa pant is insulated with Thermal STD, a synthetic blend crafted from recycled polyester fibers. Ladies, you will reach for this kit on your frontside days.

Buy it on Amazon: Picture Haakon Jacket and Exa Pant

  • Type: Insulated
  • Fit: Athletic
  • Picture Haakon Jacket MSRP: $350 [BUY NOW]
  • Picture Exa Pant MSRP: $200 [BUY NOW]

Strafe Castle Jacket and Wildcat Pant

Strafe has knocked it out of the park when it comes to stylish, flattering, and technically sound skiwear. The Castle Jacket is a great take on a frontside-oriented insulated ski jacket. Run cold? Packed with PrimaLoft’s new Gold Cross Core synthetic insulation—developed by NASA for space suits—the Castle wraps you in sun-caliber warmth. The Wildcat pant is PrimaLoft Silver-insulated and sports a flattering silhouette. 

Available on Amazon: Strafe Wildcat Pant

  • Type: Insulated
  • Fit: Athletic
  • Strafe Castle Jacket MSRP: $499 
  • Strafe Wildcat Pant MSRP:  $329

Arc'Teryx Sentinel Jacket and Pant

Of all of the shell kits tested by the ladies in the SKI offices last winter, this one was the most likely to be missing from its hanger on powder days. Not new to the line, the Sentinel got a much-appreciated facelift this season, with special consideration given to the fit. The jacket rocks a slightly-longer length, while the pants offer the perfect rise for ease of movement and comfort. Features include generous mesh inner pockets, wide cuffs to fit bulky mitts, and thoughtful side pockets that remain slim even when filled. 

Buy this SKI staff favorite on Amazon: Arc'Teryx Sentinel Jacket and Pant

  • Type: Shell
  • Fit: Athletic
  • Arc'Teryx Sentinel Jacket MSRP: $625 [BUY NOW]
  • Arc'Teryx Sentinel Pant MSRP: $499 [BUY NOW]

Women's Ski Jackets

2020 women's jackets

From top: Flylow Domino Jacket (Dark Blue); Columbia Veloca Vixen (Red); Holden Rowan Fishtail Jacket (Green); Marmot JM Pro (Grey); Kari Traa Helicopter Jacket (Light Blue).

Flylow Domino Jacket

Flylow introduced its next-level waterproof and air-permeable material, The Perm, last season in its men’s Cooper Jacket. This year they roll it out for women with the Domino Jacket, an imminently breathable and lightweight shell that moves with you and helps you effortlessly regulate your temperature, whether you’re earning your turns in the backcountry or bombing down black diamonds at the resort.

Available on Amazon: Flylow Domino Jacket

  • Type: Shell
  • Fit: Freeride
  • MSRP: $460 [BUY NOW]

Columbia Veloca Vixen Jacket

No one can fault Columbia’s high-value, high-performing ski wear, and this season’s new recruit from the Washington state–based brand fits right in. The Veloca Vixen sports both Omni Heat Thermal reflective lining to trap warmth close to the body as well as Omni-Tech waterproof/breathable and fully seam-sealed outer fabric for performance in the weather the PacNW is known for: cold and wet.

Buy it on Amazon: Columbia Veloca Vixen Jacket

  • Type: Insulated
  • Fit: Athletic
  • MSRP: $260

Holden Rowen Fishtail Jacket

Holden is where high fashion meets the snow, and the Rowen Fishtail is the perfect example. This 20K/20K waterproof/breathable shell is so stylish in the Green Raindrop Camo print (solid colors also available) with subtle design features such as an overlay in front and shirring on the pockets—and not-so-subtle ones such as the fishtail styling with drawcord at the back. Generous fleece-lined pockets, two-way front zipper, and underarm vents tell the performance side of the story. 

Buy it on Amazon: Holden Rowen Fishtail Jacket

  • Type: Shell
  • Fit: Freeride
  • MSRP: $400 [BUY NOW]

Marmot JM Pro Jacket

If it’s good enough for pro freeskier Jess McMillan, it’s good enough for any badass, hard-charging female ripper out there. McMillan’s input and specifications helped inform the features included in this new Recco-equipped Gore 3L shell. Ski-friendly elements include ample venting, multiple stash pockets, powder skirt, helmet-compatible hood, and sleeve pass pocket, yet it’s still very lightweight and breathable for the biggest of big mountain adventures. 

  • Type: Shell
  • Fit: Athletic
  • MSRP: $450 [BUY NOW]

Kari Traa Helicopter Jacket

Finally, Norwegian women’s brand Kari Traa, maker of adorable mid- and baselayers, is bringing its outerwear collection to the United States. The insulated Helicopter Jacket is a fairly standard down ski jacket with everything you’d expect—ski pass pocket, two-way underarm vent zips, goggle pocket—plus a sweet, flowery liner for added flair and femininity. Bonus: The brand uses a flourine-free Bionic Finish Eco waterproofing treatment to keep her warm and dry on the wettest days.

Buy this ski-worthy down jacket on Amazon: Kari Traa Helicopter Jacket

  • Type: Insulated
  • Fit: Athletic
  • MSRP: $270

Women's Ski Pants

It’s too cold to ski without them, so you better get comfortable. From bibs to softshells, our favorite picks.

2020 w's pants

From top: Obermeyer Glyph Tech Softshell Pant (Green); Patagonia Snow Drifter Bib (Tan); Holden Standard Skinny Pant (Brown); Flylow Siren Bib (Light Green); Marmot JM Pro Pant (Dark Green).

Holden Standard Skinny Pant

With a flattering cut and great colors, the Standard Skinny Pant delivers not only on style but also on performance. Boasting 15K waterproofing and built with mechanical stretch for ease of movement, the Skinny Pant complements every turn from first chair to the après bar and everything in between. 

Buy it on Amazon: Holden Standard Skinny Pant

  • Type: Shell
  • Fit: Athletic
  • MSRP: $200 [BUY NOW]

Patagonia SnowDrifter Bib

Finally, a fully-featured bib for women from Patagonia. Made from the brand’s proprietary eco-friendly (70 percent recycled) three-layer H2No fabric that’s fully waterproof and breathable, the SnowDrifter sports a nylon/Spandex blend upper bib that’s super comfortable, making it easy to bash bumps, hike a ridge, or just enjoy seconds at lunch. 

  • Type: Shell
  • Fit: Freeride
  • MSRP: $349 [BUY NOW]

Obermeyer Glyph Tech Softshell Pant

Obermeyer’s new softshell pant blends slopestyle with street style thanks to jean-style pockets, a mid-rise waist, and a straight cut designed to take her from the chairlift to the barstool. A supple three-layer stretch fabric moves with you—so much so, you might not want to take them off. 

These are available on Amazon: Obermeyer Glyph Tech Softshell Pant

  • Type: Softshell
  • Fit: European
  • MSRP: $199 [BUY NOW]

Flylow Siren Bib

Flylow’s designers have a knack for building women’s bibs that actually complement a figure. In other words, no, it doesn’t make your butt look big. The Siren Bib is a partial bib made from the same Intuitive fabric as the Domino Jacket, and is the latest in a line of techy yet curvy bibs that perform and look great doing it. Expect all the good stuff: outer thigh vents, articulated knees, and a nifty kangaroo pocket for things you need to keep close by.

Buy this SKI staff favorite on Amazon: Flylow Siren Bib

  • Type: Shell
  • Fit: Freeride
  • MSRP: $460 [BUY NOW]

Marmot JM Pro Pant

We gotta wear pants, so why not wear a pair designed with input from pro freeskier and Freeride World Tour champ Jess McMillan? Like the JM Pro Jacket, these 3L Gore-Tex shell pants are engineered for backcountry travel, equipped with RECCO, generous vents, bulletproof kick patches, and even some fun color blocking to help you stand out in a crowd. Maybe they’ll even help you ski like McMillan. 

  • Type: Shell 
  • Fit: Athletic 
  • MSRP: $350