Are you looking for the best plus size ski trousers and jackets in the UK, but struggling to find clothing that fits?
I feel your pain.
Last Christmas I went skiing in the Swiss mountains for the first time in a few decades. I wear a size 16 in trousers but anywhere from a 20-24 on top, depending on the style.
And so many retailers simply don’t believe I exist. I had the same experience looking for plus size wetsuits. All of the brands I thought of when looking for plus sized ski gear seemed to think that a “large” is a size 14. Roxy’s largest size is an XXL (18) while Dope Snow tops out at a XL (16). It feels as though if we’re bigger than that, we probably don’t ski or snowboard at all.
Ha! Here’s me and my teen having a brilliant time in the snow last Christmas.
Having done a LOT of Internet research, I thought I’d share some of the best UK plus size ski clothing, in hopes of saving you some time. Below you’ll find UK retailers who provide ski gear that will fit you, whether you’re a size 16, 18 or 28. Some of these retailers offer ski clothes up to a size 34, without resorting to the old trick of buying mens’ XXL clothing that’s far too long and the wrong shape. Why shouldn’t people with bigger bodies look great in the snow?
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Best Plus Size Ski Clothing UK
When you visit the mountains, your essential kit should include a base layer (thermal leggings and long sleeved top) then a lightweight fleece under a ski or snow jacket, along with salopettes or ski trousers.
You’re unlikely to have problems finding under layers and boots, but when it comes to ski outerwear, it can be a challenge finding the right size of kit. This is especially true if you are plus sized but short – not everyone who wears a size 16+ is tall!
Depending on what you need, I’ve divided this list of the best plus size ski wear for women into two sections. First, we’ll look at ski and snow trousers or salopettes, and then I’ll share my favourite plus size ski jackets and snowboard tops. Most of the items I’m sharing are available up to a size 24, while some are available up to a UK size 34.
Womens Dare2B Effused II Ski Pant (Sizes 10-30)
Let’s all give Short Ski Shop a medal because not only do they sell a full range of Dare2Be plus size ski pants in multiple colours, they ALSO sell them in regular and short lengths. This is a big deal for people like me, who ordinarily need to turn up our ski pants by 3 inches or more, meaning the snow gaiters don’t work and we get soggy ankles. These trousers are waterproof, stretchable and have zipped pockets and bottoms. They even have detachable braces. Currently they’re £89.
Womens Dare 2B Intrigue Ski Pant (Sizes 22-30)
These Womens Dare 2B Intrigue Ski Pant (Sizes 12-30) are black. They’re a slightly lighter fabric than the Effused II, but still include zip pockets, snow gaiters and detachable braces. There’s reinforced binding at the ankle (to avoid wear from your boots) and the waist is elasticated with velcro adjusters. They’re available in the UK size 22 to 30, and also available in short and regular length.
Mountain Warehouse Moon Ski Pants (Sizes 4-28)
These moon plus size salopettes from Mountain Warehouse are super reasonable, at under £40. They’re great for short ski trips or if you aren’t sure you’re going to love the snow, and don’t want to go too spendy! The “Moon” style salopettes go up to a size 28+ and are available in black, white, grey and navy. From my experience I’d say they are well sized so you can buy your regular size and you’ll have room for base layers underneath. But… as a shorter person, I bought these ski pants in 2020 and they are quite long. The inside leg is at least 31 inches and in the snow, I ended up having to fold them up a lot.
Mountain Warehouse Avalanche Slim Ski Pants (Sizes 10-22)
If you want a slimmer fitting trouser than the Moon style from MW, then I would suggest the Avalanche ski pant. They’re more expensive at £89, and available up to a size 22. Because they’re cut closer to the body, they give you a bit more freedom of movement. Reviewers say the ankle size on these is small so they might not fit over ski boots – worth knowing before you buy!
Campri Ski Pants for Women (Sizes 10-20)
I’m including these ski pants because they’re only £20, although I have opinions about the fact that a size 20 is a 3XL. *eye roll* These black plus size ski pants are a steal, with breathable and waterproof fabric. There are 2 zip pockets, belt loops and an adjustable waist. Definitely worth it if you’re on the smaller end of plus size and want a bargain!
Arctix Snow Pants (Sizes 8-30)
Ulla Popken Triple Function Lined Ski Pants (Sizes 16-34)
Plus Size Ski Jackets for Women in the UK
When it comes to good ski jackets, there is a little more choice for women in sizes 16-24, although it gets harder to find nice ski coats above size 24. However, I’ve found seven great ski jackets that are available in a range of sizes including plus size ski jackets in sizes 16-34.
Dare2B Ski Jacket (sizes 8-30)
Mountain Warehouse Moon Ski Jacket (Sizes 10-24)
Mountain Warehouse Pyrenees Ski Jacket (Sizes 10-28)
Icepeak Carmel Ski Jacket (Sizes 10-22)
Ulla Popken Ski Jacket (Sizes 16-34)
TacVasen Ski Jacket (Sizes XS to XXL)
So there you have it – my guide to the very best plus size ski clothing for women in the UK this winter. If you have a great find that I’ve missed, please let me know in the comments and I’ll include it.