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The 10 Best Women's Ski Pants of 2022-2023

By: Sarah Ziffer: Women's & Kid's Techwear Buyer | November 7, 2022

 

Shopping for women’s ski pants can be challenging. There are so many options, with so many features, materials, colors, and cuts. That’s why there’s no one best pair of ski pants for women. Every person is different and has different priorities. Folks skiing in the PNW are looking for extra waterproofing, while others might focus more on warmth or breathability. So, instead of trying to figure out what pair of pants is best for everyone, we’ve put together this list of the leaders in every category. It’s up to you to define your priorities and then use this list to choose the best pants for you.

New This Year:

Luckily, there are more great women's ski pants on the market than ever before. Arc’teryx has updated their fits and styles to fit more bodies, as well as introducing the all-new Sentinel pant. Patagonia’s new Powder Town collection has both shell and insulated options, and Outdoor Research is now offering plus-size options to fit a wider range of bodies. So now’s the time to replace those ratty old ski pants, with one of these pairs of the best women’s ski pants!

Roxy Rising High Pants

Roxy Rising High Pants

In a culture of baggy pants and oversized jackets, the Roxy Rising High Pants stand out from the rest with a stylishly modern fit. The stretchy, higher-rise waist looks good and keeps snow from creeping in on deeper days, and the 15K Roxy DryFlight® membrane sheds moisture all day long. These pants bring a stylish fashion that is fully matched by their technicality.
 

WaterproofingPocketsOriginal Price
15K4$199.95

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Helly Hansen Legendary Insulated Pants

Helly Hansen Legendary Insulated Pants

You can't become a legend overnight. It takes a few years to achieve this mythical status, and the Helly Hansen Legendary Insulated Pants have paid their dues. From their subdued styling to their reliable construction and cozy insulation, these are snow pants that deserve their lofty moniker. They might be affordable, but don’t let the price fool you, these are some high-end pants.  

WaterproofingPocketsOriginal Price
15K2$200.00

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The North Face Freedom Insulated Pants

The North Face Freedom Insulated Pants

The North Face Freedom Insulated Pants are a mountain classic that combines waterproof protection from the elements and an adjustable fit. Using TNF's proprietary DryVent™ fabric technology and 60g of Heatseeker™ insulation for protection from the cold, they're so stylish and functional that you'll want two pairs! If you tend to run a little cold, these are the pants for you.
 

WaterproofingPocketsOriginal Price
Not Listed3$168.95

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Oyuki Hara YamaPro 2L Pants

Oyuki Hara YamaPro 2L Pants

Developed to provide the ultimate in resort and sidecountry performance. Oyuki Hara YamaPro 2L Pants keep the storms at bay to deliver warmth, comfort, and technical performance. Born from premium Japanese technical materials, these pants are deceptively durable and incredibly comfortable in wet or dry conditions. The articulated performance fit takes into account the way we move on the mountain to deliver a female fit like no other. With Kevlar-reinforced cuffs and a temperature-regulating design, there's a good chance you'll never stray from your trusty pair of Oyuki Hara YamaPro 2L Pants. These are some of the most stylish and comfortable snow pants on the market.

WaterproofingPocketsOriginal Price
20K3$349.95

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Patagonia Storm Shift Pants

Patagonia Storm Shift Pants

The Patagonia Storm Shift Pants were made for skiers and boarders to get out and ride in tough conditions, comfortably. Their two-layer construction features a GORE-TEX Membrane that's water and windproof, as well as an articulated fit that moves with your body. These are some of the most weather-repellent pants on this list, perfect for folks dealing with terrible weather.

WaterproofingPocketsOriginal Price
28K4$349.00

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Mountain Hardwear Cloud Bank GORE-TEX Insulated Pants

Mountain Hardwear Cloud Bank GORE-TEX Insulated Pants

Get your head out of the clouds and run (don't walk) to the bank to withdraw the funds for the Mountain Hardwear Cloud Bank GORE-TEX Insulated Pants. A no-nonsense GORE-TEX layer with just enough insulation to fend off the bite of winter without being so overkill it'll make you constantly sweaty, the Cloud Bank GORE-TEX Insulated Pants offer the utmost protection from cold, wet weather. If your top priority is staying warm and dry, the Cloud Bank is a great choice.

WaterproofingPocketsOriginal Price
28K4$324.95

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Black Diamond Recon Stretch Ski Pants

Black Diamond Recon Stretch Ski Pants

A stretchy shell pant with a polyurethane membrane to give it enough water resistance for wet snow or riding the lifts in a storm, the Black Diamond Recon Stretch Ski Pants feature BD.dry™ waterproof breathable technology, offset side vents for climbing, and a low-profile beacon pocket for a super well-rounded setup you can use inbounds and out. This is a top choice for anyone who likes to split their time earning their turns and skiing inbounds.

WaterproofingPocketsOriginal Price
20K3$349.95

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Armada Mula Insulated Pants

Armada Mula Insulated Pants

On days cold enough to freeze your pony-tails, the Armada Mula Insulated Pants are ready to play. Thanks to 40g of 90% recycled polyfill insulation, you can keep the chill at bay without feeling bogged down by heavy insulation. A waterproof, breathable membrane and boot gaiters keep the wet stuff out while providing ample room to move when the powder is deep and the stoke is high. Pair with one of Armada's Insulated jackets for extra cozy warmth all day long. These are some seriously stylish, and warm pants, perfect for anyone craving comfort.

WaterproofingPocketsOriginal Price
10K4$179.95

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Arc'teryx Sentinel Pants

Arc'teryx Sentinel Pants

The Arc'teryx Sentinel Pants are your do-everything workhorse pants, from backcountry lines to tailgating at the resort. The 3L GORE-TEX shell will keep you dry in the heaviest storm and the double side zips let you dump heat on the move. The flannel-like liner and adjustable waist belt provide the dreamiest fit and durable instep patches mean you'll be reaching for these pants for winters to come. If your goals involve big lines, accessed under your own power, these are the pants for you.

WaterproofingPocketsOriginal Price
20K3$550.00

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Outdoor Research Snowcrew Plus Pants - Women's

Outdoor Research Snowcrew Plus

With fully featured functionality designed specifically for resort riding, the Outdoor Research Snowcrew Plus Pants sport a stretchy fit and light insulation for the right combination of mobility and warmth. Ventia® 2 layer construction with mechanical stretch built in and 45 grams of VerticalX Eco insulation set you up for success for lap after lap of good times.

WaterproofingPocketsOriginal Price
Not Listed2$199

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The Selection Process:

Our techwear buyers have an endless amount of knowledge on all things outerwear stemming from years of experience in the outdoor industry in tandem with their countless hours spent outside in all conditions around the world. From hot to cold, snow, rain, wind, and even sunshine, they know what clothing will keep you comfortable. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Sarah Ziffer

Growing up in Florida, I missed out on the chance to get involved in snow sports. Tired of the heat, and seeking out the mountains, I moved to Seattle to start a new adventure. A few years after moving to WA I fulfilled my dream of learning to snowboard and immediately fell in love with it. After just one time out on a friend’s board I was hooked. I outfitted myself from head to toe with gear from evo, and got a season pass at Snoqualmie.

I quickly realized that snowboarding inspired me to live a lifestyle centered around the outdoors. I left my job at a fashion company to come and work for evo and become immersed in the culture and experiences that make the snowboarding community so vibrant. I have been at evo since 2017, am currently the women's and kids' techwear buyer, and enjoy learning and experiencing everything this incredible community has to offer.