Stylish, professional-grade ski gear to suit up in this season

Anna Hecht, CNN Underscored
Updated Tue December 18, 2018

Story highlights

  • Shop today's top outdoor brands for the best skiing essentials
  • In our list, we have everything from helmets to gloves, base layers, coats, jackets, goggles, ski pants and more

Ready to hit the slopes this season? Not without your new gear. Here's what this season's most stylish, high-quality outerwear brands have to offer.

Many of these items are from top tier brands, meaning you can count on your gear to hold up and function as it should. For instance, the ski jackets and pants in the lists below are super warm without being bulky. As for the accessories, they can withstand the elements while also looking great.

So that you can feel confident about making your purchase, we tested many of these ski essentials and can stand behind the quality and performance of each.

Women's best ski gear

Exploration softshell ski jacket ($495; sweatybetty.com)

Astro softshell ski pants ($430; sweatybetty.com)

Spyder Winner Tailored GTX Pant ($249; spyder.com)

Free Style Seamless Long Sleeve Base Layer ($105, sweatybetty.com); Free Style Seamless Ski Leggings ($105; sweatybetty.com)

Ugg Birch waterproof lace-up winter bootie ($199.95; nordstrom.com)

Roxy Victoria Snow Sport Mitts ($69.95; nordstrom.com)

La Double 7 mirrored goggles ($32; nordstrom.com)

Sweaty Betty Chunky Rib Beanie ($60; sweatybetty.com)

686 GLCR hydra-insulated jacket ($260; 868.com)

Ugg Viki Waterproof Boot ($219.95; nordstrom.com)

Adidas Backland Spherical Snowsports Goggles (99; nordstrom.com)

Sweaty Betty Technical Ski Socks ($30; sweatybetty.com)

Sorel Explorer Joan Snow Boots ($140; sweatybetty.com)

Spyder Orb Pant ($199; spyder.com)

Ski Betty Seamless Long Sleeve Base Layer Top ($105, sweatybetty.com); Ski Betty Seamless Base Layer Leggings ($105, sweatybetty.com)

Sweaty Betty Breeze Merino Long Sleeve Run Top ($105; sweatybetty.com)

686 GLCR bliss down insulator ($220; 686.com)

Sweaty Betty Method Hybrid Ski Jacket ($495; sweatybetty.com)

Retrospec Traverse Convertible Ski & Snowboard helmet (starting at $35; amazon.com)

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Men's best ski gear

686 GLCR Stretch Goretex Smarty 3-in-1 Weapon jacket ($580; 686.com)

The North Face Ski Tuke V' Beanie ($30; nordstrom.com)

686 GLCR Knit Tech Fleece Hoody ($100; 686.com)

686 Smith Maze Mips Snow Helmet ($140; 686.com)

686 Men's Full Face Clava ($25; 686.com)

Hestra Ski Gloves (starting at $144.95; amazon.com)

Adidas Alphaskin 360 Seamless Compression Training Tights ($90; nordstrom.com)

686 Men's Track Pant ($190; 686.com)

Tough Outdoors Winter Ski & Snowboard Gloves with Wrist Leashes (starting at $19.95; amazon.com)

The North Face Chilkat III Waterproof Insulated ($110; nordstrom.com)

OutdoorMaster OutdoorMaster Ski Goggles Pro ($39.99, originally $69.99; amazon.com)

Pure Athlete Ski Socks (starting at $19.97; amazon.com)

Spyder Copper GTX Jacket ($349; spyder.com)

Sorel Cheyanne II Waterpoof Boot ($155; nordstrom.com)

Ugg Hannen Plain Toe Waterproof Boot with Genuine Shearling ($229.95; nordstrom.com)

Tesla Cool Dry Active Sporty Shirt (starting at $13.98; amazon.com)

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Note: The prices above reflect the retailer's listed price at the time of publication.