January 26th, 2016

Of all the women’s ski pants on the market, there are a number of options that create a comfortable fit while allowing for all the functionality you need to enjoy a great day on the hill.  Important attributes to consider when researching ski pants include slim or looser fit, waterproofness vs. insulated, technical vs. stylish, etc.  Certain brands are sized to fit specific body types, so reading reviews can inform you personally as to how things fit. We include a range of price points in our list, but a higher price tag is not unusual for high quality gear that uses advanced fabric technologies to keep you warm and dry. The women’s ski pants reviews below are the Ski Genie’s top picks out of a wide range of great options out there. Also included are links to purchase them at the best prices. Please let us know your feedback on any of the gear you’ve experienced on SkiGenie.com.


Patagonia Powslayer Bib ($$$) $599 or Less

Femenine cut bib style gore tex shell pants with venting and pockets for touring.

Patagonia Powslayer Bibs

SkiGenie Recommendation: If you’re looking for a lightweight, weatherproof bib shell for touring, this is definitely your pant. Minimalism is this pant’s middle name, which makes for seriously lightweight packable adventures in the mountains. Great venting and superior gore-tex material keep your temperature regulated as you’re working up a sweat. The best part about these bibs is that they’re designed for a woman’s build. They contour the hind regions to maintain a nice shape and come up just high enough without choking you or squishing your chest in the front.


Description: The Women’s PowSlayer Bibs are lightweight and packable protection for backcountry pursuits. Built with innovative zero-bulk construction for freedom of movement and GORE-TEX® Pro fabric for the highest level of durably waterproof/breathable and windproof protection.

What Skier’s Say:

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  • In my opinion these bibs are the best I could find online out of most Ski brand companies and I am very happy with them! Im 5’6 150lbs, think thighs, I usually wear a size 8 or 10 pant and I got the Large and they are not too baggy and feel great as far as mobility in the legs for touring. These bibs do not have the micro fleece inside you sometimes find in snowpants which makes your legs a bit chillier but I love that because it makes them super lightweight for touring. The suspender straps are comfortable on your shoulders with a backpack on, the drop seat zippers can also be used as vent zips and they are as flattering as bibs can be. I knew I wanted bibs specifically for skiing in the future because I’m tired of always hiking up my regular pants from them always slipping down.
  • What’s up with the color choices for the women’s bibs for the past two years in a row? Light grey and tan are going to get dirty-looking so fast! And the magenta (hot pink) color choice for last year? Seriously?! I love almost everything about these bibs. They keep the snow out and my lower half dry and warm. The cut is improved and more flattering and the added belt loops are a plus. The quality is also top-notch. But please Patagonia, choose darker colors for next year’s line up.

Find them on sale here for $599 or less at Backcountry and Evo


Marmot Davos Pant ($) $175 or less

Softshell pant with articulated knees for ease of movement and built in belt.

Marmot Davos Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Don’t let this ski bunny looking pant fool you. Its waterproof, breathable, warm, and best of all, stretchy! It’s super cute slim fit with built in belt will have you looking like a diva while ripping it up all day long. Its low price point is also an added bonus.

Description: Super-stretchy, waterproof M1 softshell breathes naturally for all-day comfort. Cordura® scuff guard at the cuffs rebuffs sharp edges, and roomy articulated knees promote both tricks and turns.

What Skier’s Say:

  • I love my Marmot ski pants. I skied in the rain in them and they are very water resistant. The fit is perfect for me. I bought a small and usually wear a size 2 or 4. They were also just the right length and I am only 5’2″ and pants are usually always too long if they aren’t a petite size.
  • I bought these pants for a spring ski trip in Utah. Temperatures low in the 20’s, highs in the 50’s — stayed warm and comfortable. Easy to move in, slim fitting but not tight, very comfortable. I’m 5”2″ 125# and the S/P fit perfectly. Have become a fan of Marmot.
  • I bought these pants for cold weather hiking and I couldn’t be happier. They run true to size. I’m 5’4 138 lbs and a medium fits perfectly with enough room for a base layer if I need it. I have trouble buying pants as I have wide hips and these are perfect. The length is great as well, they don’t drag on the ground and fit over my hiking boots nicely. These pants keep me warm on windy days. I haven’t worn them in the rain yet so I can’t comment on that, but given the quality of Marmot’s products, I’m sure they’ll do just fine. The only complaint I have, and it’s hardly a complaint, is that the belt feels a bit flimsy.
  • Watch this hilarious video from Marmot on how to care for your waterproof garments.

Find them on sale here for $175 or less at Backcountry & REI


Flylow Daisy Pant ($$) $219 or less

Warm, comfortable and femenine, slimming cut insulated ski pant.

Flylow Gear Daisy Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Given all the great features of Flylow’s Daisy pant, the best part of all is that they are just plain comfy. Flylow has a way about using the best materials, getting the women’s specific cut right and adding lots of intuitive venting to create a great all around ski pant.

Description: Picture a slimming pant that magically manages to add an extra layer of warming insulation. That’s the Daisy Insulated Pant, built with a two-layer stretchy waterproof fabric with a “barely-there” lining of synthetic down insulation.


What Skier’s Say:

  • Bought these pants at the beginning of ski season because I wasn’t feeling the baggy fit of my old ski pants anymore, and liked the slimmer lines of this pant. I wanted something that was lined and still slimmer than my old pants, but would not give off a ski-bunny vibe. These are perfect because although they aren’t baggy there is plenty of room for movement, and they fit well and are flattering. I don’t have any issues with them being too low-rise, even when hiking around the mountain or bending over to adjust boots. They aren’t quite as warm as previous pants, but I just make sure to layer properly and if I overdo it the leg vents help cool me down.
  • These are fantastic ski pants, they look and fit like a great pair of jeans. I bought the red color, it’s a little more pink than I expected but still very nice. I don’t have the problem of “plumbers butt” (low rise), these go quite far up for me in the back. I’m 5’8″ and 150lbs, usually wear a size 6/28 pant. Bought the medium, they are perfect with a bit of room to spare. Fitted, but not tight.

Find them on sale here for $219 or less at Backcountry, Evo, & Tahoe Mtn Sports


TNF FuseForm Brigandine 3L Pant ($$$) $399 or less

Highly durable and technical 3 layered pant with mesh backed venting and pops of color in the zippers.

TNF FuseForm Brigandine 3L Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: This is another highly durable, lightweight, high quality shell pant for the list. What we love about these pants is that in addition to all the great features The North Face includes, like adjustable waist tabs, fully waterproof materials, extra reinforcement where you need it most, and mesh-backed venting, they also feature stylish color options with pops of neon in the zippered pockets and logos. They’re built with a relaxed fit so you can move around in any of the outdoor sports you choose, and come with a lifetime warrantee.


Description: Our equivalent of big-mountain armor, these super durable waterproof pants are constructed with new FuseForm™ technique that seamlessly integrates four-way stretch with abrasion resistance. Reinforced nylon eliminates bulk to achieve a low-profile fit that’s lightweight yet strong in high-wear areas around the knees and seat.


What Skier’s Say:

  • I have had these awesome pants for about a month and absolutely love them! I have been snowboarding, climbing, snowshoeing, and winter hiking in them and they are great. Unlined makes them perfect to stay active in. The length is good for tall women and I love the color. I highly recommend these for any woman who likes to stay active outdoors.
  • I am pear-shaped and usually wear size 6 or medium pants. Since this isn’t insulated and I ski in 0 degree F weather, I wear a base layer and fleece layer under my snow pants. Even with the 3 layers, my hubby says they are more slimming than my insulated snow pants.

Find them on sale here for $275-419 or less at Backcountry and Tahoe Mtn Sports


Marmot Aoraki Pant ($$) $210 or less

Technical construction built to rip, these fleece lined pants are weather-proof and ready for a full day on the hill.

Eider Aoraki Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: The Aoraki Pants are definitely for women who rip, given Eider’s list of technical features that make them 100% waterproof, windproof and breathable. These pants look like they’re ready to send anything and ski bell to bell. The articulated knees, connect-ability to a powder skirt, and higher, fleecey back makes moving around, adjusting your boots or bending down to pick up skis simple. They come in “euro” sizing, so use their chart to match up your size. Also, one of their color options is called “wine lover,” I mean, come on.

Description: Lightly insulated, the Aoraki’s will keep you warm even on frigid days, while the vents with mesh lining allow for airflow during times of exertion. Pre-formed knees and a moderately relaxed cut give the option to layer, and the raised back with soft, light fleece lining provides extra coverage.

What Skier’s Say:

  • Very very well-made pants! Eider stuff, as always, is quality and function first while maintaining a beautiful aesthetic. I got these pants in a size 12, which would correspond to about a size L in US sizing. The fit in the waist is perfect (I usually wear a 10 or 12 pants). The adjustable waist cincher on these pants makes a belt completely unnecessary. The waist is flattering but not so low that you’ll end up full of snow at any point. They come up a little higher in the back, too, which is awesome for coverage. They’re fitted enough that you can still tell I’m a girl from a distance, but not so tight that you can’t move around in them. As far as length goes, I’d love another two inches, but I’m 5’9″ with long legs so if you’re under that they should be perfect. They’re not TOO short, but I’d like a bit longer length just because I like a little drape to my pants at the bottom. It’s largely an aesthetic request and not one of function. The mesh-lined thigh vents are well-placed, not bulky and a must for pants this warm. The reinforced canvas-y material around the bottom hem is great, because that’s where my pants tend to get the most abuse. These pants feel like they’re going to last a very long time and keep me warm on really cold days.


Find them on sale here for $210 or less at BackcountryEvo & US Outdoor 


TNF Freedom LRBC Insulated Pant ($) $160 or less

A classically styled women's ski pant with all the features you look for at a great price.SkiGenie Recommendation: Another classic all-around pant from The Northface. Great as a daily go-to for resort skiing that can also stand up to ski patrol working conditions. A versatile pant that can tackle many situations and weather conditions with a relaxed fit and standard features that will endure a season of skiing hard. If decisiveness isn’t your strong suit, good luck trying to decide between over 10 different color options of this pant!

Description: Heatseeker synthetic insulation beats back the cold and the Chimney Vent cooling system, funnels air from the StretchVent gaiters to the inner thigh vents, to keep things comfortable when temperatures rise. A relaxed fit andplenty of pocket space makes a practical pant for backcountry or terrain park.

What Skier’s Say:

  • Definitely a relaxed fit. Found them to be a bit baggier in the legs than I originally anticipated but this was an error on my part. Very comfortable and warm pants. If you want a slimmer fit there are not the pants for you; however, from a performance perspective they’re great!
  • I would definitely buy another pair in another color if I lived in the snow or partook in snow sports more. I went skiing for the first time and these pants kept my bottom dry! There was lots of falling and sitting in the snow (for good 10 minute increments) and yes, it was still cold and felt wet but as soon as I stood up I didn’t notice it and when I changed my leggings underneath were totally dry! Impressed
  • I love these pants. I am 5 feet tall and these are about the only decent ski pants in short. I love the fit and they are warm.


Find them on sale here for $160 or less at BackcountryBerg’s, Eastern Mountain SportsEvo, & Mountain Gear


Scott Vertic 2L Insulated Pant ($$) $300 or less

A body-mapped insulated pant with removable suspenders, mesh-backed venting and durable, waterproof material.

Scott Vertic 2L Insulated Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: What we love about these pants is that the insulation is body mapped for where you need it most, ie; down panels on the back so you don’t freeze your bum on the chairlift. A stylish cut, good amount of pockets, adjustable waist and leg gaiters add to the perfection of this pant. These will be an admirably stylish look for colder days in the resort.


Description: The SCOTT Vertic 2L Insulated Women’s Pant is a freeride pant that keeps skiers warm in the areas that count and looking good at the same time. Enjoy all the integrated features needed for a big powder day and match it up with the Vertic 2L Insulated Jacket.


What Skier’s Say:

  • Once again, Scott’s attention to detail on both the look and feature front caught our eye. Standout specs include the suspender option that zips out/in at your convenience, burly abrasion resistant cuff panels that also add a color pop and super easy to adjust leg gaiter.


  • I typically wear a light merino base layer underneath – have skied them in -10F to 65F. While I haven’t had a problem with them being too cold, sometimes on those long hikes they get a little bit warm: unzip the thigh vents and perfection!

Find a retailer to purchase at Scott


Helly Hansen Aurora Shell Pant ($$) $350 or less

High quality, durable shell pant with tons of pockets and an athletic yet flattering cut.

Helly Hansen Aurora Shell Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Helly Hansen is known for quality outerwear, and the Aurora Shell pants are no exception. These shell pants are cut to flatter a female figure yet are articulated in the knees to allow for movement. Tons of zippered pockets in the front can store ski straps, snacks and tissues, while reinforced scuff guards and gaiters keep you in check from the knee down.

Description: Designed for action filled days on the snow, the Aurora Shell Pant has a freeride style built with Helly Tech Professional 3L fabric and a flow membrane enabling unparalleled breathability, guaranteed to keep you dry, warm, and comfortable. Also included is the Recco® advanced rescue system.

What Skier’s Say:

  • I wore the entire Aurora kit all last season and fell in love with these pants. The fit is sporty, taking into account where you need the most room to move- especially the knees. Yet it still creates a silhouette that is flattering. The fabric is remarkable- super light, windproof, waterproof, AND breathable due to the Flow membrane! And the attention to detail is impressive- they thought of every big mountain skiers needs. Dual pockets for extra storage and easy accessibility with a backpack on. A stretch powder skirt on the jacket that actually zips into the pants. This is huge on a powder day- no one wants a bucket of freezing snow down their pants if they can help it! I also am super pleased with the burly scuff guards. By the end of the season, whether with my edges or crampons, I inevitably slice my pants a few times, but not these- they are so durable! A really great pant for anyone that charges hard (or even not so hard) and wants to look good doing it!
  • Last winter I wore these pants everyday. I fell in love with them. The first thing I noticed when I tried them on was they are sooo light! The fit was exactly what I was looking for in a freeride pant. Not too tight, not too baggy. The cargo pockets came in handy all the time. These pants will allow you to spend a day on the mountain and just worry about skiing and nothing else.

Find them on sale for $350 or less at Helly Hansen & Evo


Women’s Ski Pants Top Picks for 2016 was last modified: January 27th, 2016 by Lyndsay Strange

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