There was once a time when women's ski clothes were chosen for style and attractiveness. However, as women became more serious about the sport, they realized that function is more important than fashion. Today, serious female skiers are less likely to be seen wearing pretty Bogner one-piece suits, which cause hassles in restrooms. Instead, they choose ski clothes that are warm and water resistant.
The long underwear used for skiing is designed to wick moisture from the body. The underwear should be a synthetic fabric, and cotton should be avoided. Many women use silk fabrics for ski underwear, which is actually quite warm.
While wool used to be a popular material for ski sweaters, some women find it itchy. As such, many women use fleece for their insulating layer.
Although the short, tapered jackets are attractive, if you've ever sat on a wet chairlift seat, you know they are not functional. As such, women are choosing slightly longer ski jackets that are made from breathable, waterproof and wind-resistant materials.
Women's ski pants are designed to fit the slightly wider female hips and lower center of gravity.
Women's ski gloves are waterproof. Because many women tend to have cold hands, the ski gloves come with a special pocket for hand warmers.
Article Written By Lisa Mercer
In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.