Ski Pants Buying Guide

Ski pants are a crutial part of your snowsports ensemble. From style, type, protective materials and more, chosing the right ski pants will make sure you stay warm, dry and comfortable all day on the mountain. Our in-store gear specialists have outlined what you need to look for when choosing your ski pants.

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Extended Sizes

Our Extended Sizes range is a selection of hand-picked quality outdoor clothing available in a wider range of sizes to ensure that everyone can make the most of their time outdoors. Delivering innovative waterproofing, insulation and breathability so that you’re ready for anything. Explore the range now to discover some of our bestselling brands, including Mountain Equipment, Patagonia, Rab, and The North Face.  


Women’s - sizes range from XXS to XXXXL, including short, regular and long leg lengths. 


Men's - sizes range from XXS to XXXL and 28’’ to 40’’ waist fit, including short, regular and long leg lengths. 


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Ski Pant Style

Slim Fit 

A flattering close fitting look for those who want to minimise bulk & reap the benefits of stretch fabrics.  


Regular Fit 

The most standard fit option, often featuring a slightly tapered boot cut shape, with space for layers and freedom of movement.


Relaxed Fit 

A relaxed look with plenty of room to move and layer up on colder days. Often with more stash pockets practical for all mountain adventures. 

Ski Pant Type


Focused on waterproof, breathability and durability; shell trousers are great for freeriders looking to explore the whole mountain. It’s best to invest in a variety of weights of base-layer thermals to ensure you are covered for colder temperatures. 



A reliable choice for the majority of skiers, but especially those new to the mountains. Providing ample warmth for colder conditions with just a light base-layer thermal. Review the different levels of ventilation if you tend to ski later in the season. 



Protective, high stretch fabric with a brushed fleece backer that’s ideal for dryer conditions. Close fitting silhouette provides flattering fit and minimises bulk, whilst providing maximum freedom of movement. 

Additional Features

Snow Gaiter 


A snow gaiter is a waterproof seal, designed to fit around your ski boots to keep snow and water from entering. Gaiters might have hooks that connect to your ski boots' buckles for extra protection, and adjustable to ensure the right fit.


Cuff Reinforcement


Unlike snowboard pants, ski pants are usually reinforced where the inner edge of the ski is likely to wear the fabric of the pants down. An extra-durable fabric is used to reinforce the cuffs and protect against contact with your ski edges and crampons.




Some ski pants will have vents on the insides of the thighs for air circulation and temperature regulation. These will vary in material and length depending on what the pants are designed for. Technical backcountry ski pants will often have full-length side zips for maximum ventilation.




Different types of ski pants will have different numbers and styles of pockets, from baggy salopettes with cargo pockets to slim-fit pants with pockets only big enough for your ski pass.


Consider what you'll need when deciding on a pair of ski pants. 


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Your ski pants should be waterproof to keep you protected from unexpected weather.


Some pants will have a waterproof rating, usually between 5,000mm and 20,000mm (5K - 20K); the higher the number, the more waterproof the pants. However, some ski pants are made from specialist materials, like GORE-TEX or The North Face's DryVent, which are waterproof but aren't rated using this system.


Consider your chosen terrain before selecting your ski pants. Experienced snow chasers could opt for a versatile shell ski pant which is 100% waterproof and provides ample space for different layering options. Whereas if you're new to the slopes or get cold easily, select insulated ski pants. 


If you enjoy backcountry missions, lightweight, breathable softshell or shell will keep your temapertaure regulated on the uphill and give space to layer when the temperature drops.


Seam taping prevents moisture from seeping through the seams of your ski pants. 

Critical Taping


The least waterproof option when you're expected dry weather as only moisture exposed seams are taped. 


Full Taping


Fully-taped ski pants have every seam taped, inside and out, for ultimate waterproof protection. 

Don't forget each brand will vary in sizing and style. And if you're not sure which is best for your snowsports adventures, book an in-store appointment at your nearest Snow+Rock store and our gear specialists will help you find the perfect fit. 

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