The best skiwear for women
30 January 2020
So, your skiing holiday is booked and now it's time to get your suitcase filled. Whether you're buying everything new or just need to replace a couple of things, here are some Mumsnetter-favourite ski clothes to have you hitting the slopes in style
The best women's base layers
Uniqlo Heattech Innerwear Tops, from £12.90
Suitable both on the slopes and off, these Heattech layers from Uniqlo are the stuff of Mumsnet legend. Pop one on as your base layer, under all your other ski kit, and you'll stay toasty warm all day long. As a bonus, they're also fab for wearing on the coldest of days in England, too (we particularly like the striped turtle necks under a pinny).
“Get some Uniqlo Heattech for layering.”
“Yes to Heattech: fab stuff.”
“Heattech materials are best next to your skin, as they are breathable, insulating and keep skin warm even if damp or wet.”Buy now from Uniqlo
Mountain Warehouse Merino Thermal Base Layer, from £24.99
Merino wool is breathable, lightweight, soft, and (a massive bonus when skiing) it will even keep you warm when it's wet. It's a little bit more expensive, but worth it if you're a first-timer
and likely to fall over a lot.
“Take warm layers, preferably a merino wool base layer with warmer fleece top.”Buy now from Amazon
M&S Heatgen Thermals Range, from £9.50
For both thermal tops and leggings at a slightly cheaper price, M&S is a great place to look. Choose from full-length and three-quarter-length sleeves, roll-necks and scoop-necks, and even some wonderful animal prints. See, skiwear doesn't have to be all that technical after all.
“My thermals are from M&S rather than a ski shop.”
“I wear M&S thermal leggings beneath my ski trousers and they are more than warm enough.”Buy now from M&S
The best women's ski jackets
The North Face UK Ski Jackets, from £135
The cream of the crop, The North Face ski jackets are some of the best out there – which explains the hefty price tag. With lots of technical additions to choose from including a sleeve pocket for your ski pass, internal goggle pockets, and a powder skirt (to stop snow going up your back
when if you fall), these jackets have (quite literally) got everything covered.
“DH has just bought one from The North Face, which I think for adults is a good option if you are looking long-term, but can be pricey.”
“The top layer should be windproof, insulating and waterproof, but doesn't need to be too thick.”Buy now from The North Face
H&M Ski Jacket, £79.99
At the slightly more affordable end of the spectrum, H&M's ski jackets still have a zipped pocket for your lift pass and peaked adjustable hood, but as expected have less of the fancier bells and whistles. This one comes in both plain black and a white and grey pattern, and is only available online, not in stores.
“H&M have some cool ski jackets, but they don't have a proper snow skirt (which stops snow shooting up yer tummy).”Buy now from H&M
TK Maxx Ski Jackets, from £49.99
With an absolutely massive range of brands and colours to choose from – and all at discounted prices – it's easy to see why TK Maxx is a Mumsnetter-favourite for ski jackets. With prices ranging from £50 up to £250, there's something for everyone, no matter what you're after.
“My current jacket came from TK Maxx. They have lovely ski gear.”
“We get most of ours from TK Maxx – I noticed ours had some women's skiwear in this week, and you can get some really good-quality stuff quite reasonably.”Buy now from TK Maxx
The best women's ski trousers and salopettes
Helly Hansen Ski Pants, from £82.89
At the tip top end of the scale, these pricey trousers from Helly Hansen are waterproof, breathable, have two-way stretch, and have insulation keep your legs cosy while you're swooshing down the slopes. There is also 'mechanical venting' (fancy) so you won't get too hot with all that exercise.
“I will continue to stuff my well-padded bottom half into my much-loved Helly Hansen ski pants that were bought about 15 years (and a stone less) ago.”Buy now from Amazon
Sweaty Betty Ski Trousers and Salopettes, from £65
If you're wanting to look good for
the après ski ski school, Sweaty Betty do a range of fashionable ski trousers and salopettes (a bit like dungarees) which will have your teen DD green with envy. And you're not just paying for style – the trousers are chock-full of pockets, are made from waterproof and breathable fabric, and have tougher panels on the inside leg to stop the fabric being damaged through wear and tear.
“I'm a curvy size 14, and I'd say with ski stuff it's about achieving a streamlined look, so go for fitted ski pants.”
“Sweaty Betty is great for ski – especially on sale.”Buy now from Sweaty Betty
Decathlon Ski Trousers, from £12.99
For incomparable value for money, Decathlon have a wide range of ski trousers starting from just £12.99. The range of prices available means you can choose exactly the level of technicality to suit you best – but it's worth noting that even the cheapest pair of trews is ideal for beginners thanks to their warming padding and waterproof material.
“Decathlon is great. Really good value.”
“Decathlon's cheapest gear has always done us proud, but they also do more expensive stuff if looking stylish is important to you.”Buy now from Decathlon
The best gloves for skiing
Barts Basic Ski Mitt Mittens, £24.99
Mittens will keep your fingers warmer than gloves (fact), and this pair from Barts are a nice basic option to keep you toasty. They've got an adjustable velcro fastening to stop the snow getting in, and a soft lining which will hopefully minimise sweating (as much as possible, anyway). Plus, they're vegan, too.
“My top tip for all newbies (well, everyone really) is go for mitts not gloves with a thin liner glove inside. This way you can always put a hand warmer in the tips of the mitt.”
“Get some really decent gloves. In fact ski mittens are actually better (the fingers keep each other warm).”Buy now from Amazon
Decathlon Silk Liner Gloves, £7.99
Mumsnetters swear by the warming powers of silk base gloves, and recommend them particularly if you're planning to wear mittens so your hands won't need to brave the cold air if you need a bit of dexterity. These ones from Decathlon also have touch-screen-compatible thumbs and forefingers, so you can still use your phone to take snaps for Instagram.
“Decathlon liner gloves are great for wearing under your ski gloves, and they have those fingertip things that you can use your phone with.”
“Get silk glove liners if you can – it’s much easier to put hands back into sweaty gloves with them on, plus you don’t freeze so much when you have to take a glove off for whatever reason.”Buy now from Decathlon
The best ski goggles
Snowledge Ski Snowboard Goggles, £25.99
Choosing the right goggles is a tough but important job – they don't have to be too expensive, but they do need to be fit for purpose. One top tip is to get yellow tints rather than grey or black, as they'll help you to see more clearly if it starts to snow heavily or if there's fog. Never fear though: there will plenty of opportunity to buy new ones when you get to the resort if you find that the ones you take with you just don't cut it.
“I found that I much preferred yellow-tinted goggles as opposed to black ones. Yellow ones help you see in the snow much better when it is cloudy.”Buy now from Amazon
Other ski essentials for off the slopes
Sorel Snow Boots, from £58.81
Much-exalted on Mumsnet, Sorel boots are popular thanks to their warming 'inner-boot', their gum-rubber sole for grip, and their comfy footbeds. These will be perfect for walking round the snowy resort in the evenings and on days off from skiing, and as a plus they look pretty great, too.
“I wear mine for snowy dog walks and town trips, or if I'm going to be standing around in really cold weather. We go skiing every year, though, and that's what I really got them for.”
“Sorel boots, as someone else suggested, are good.”Buy now from Amazon
Gap Ski Pattern Pyjamas, £29.97 (RRP £49.95)
If you take one tip away from this page, make it this: Mumsnetters get warm at night when they're on a ski holiday. This means you need to choose your PJs wisely. These lovely mix-and-match jammies from Gap come as shorts, leggings, or a matching flannel set, and have skiiers swooshing across them, making them the perfect purchase for your skiing holiday.
“I made a note last year to take more light shirts etc for dinnertime and light PJs as the hotel or chalet is often boiling.”
“I also find hotels etc boiling, so wear summer PJs.”Buy now from Gap