A ski suit is also called a snow suit. Ski suits cover most of the body, as they are basically a hooded jacket and a pair of pants. Warm, inner padding as well as an outer, windproof and waterproof nylon shell are the main features of a ski suit. Men's, women's and children's ski or snow suits are available in many different colors as well as styles. For instance, some of the jackets of ski suits have a cinched-in, or drawstring, waist while other models feature a shorter, bomber jacket look.
Although the jacket and pants of a ski suit are padded, the fit skims the body rather than covering it tightly. Skiers and others must be able to move or walk comfortably in the suit. Also, ski suits are made to be placed over layers of clothing. Thermal underwear, plus a sweater and slacks are typical clothing items worn under ski or snow suits.
Rather than pants, some ski suits consist of a one piece overall type of garment plus the jacket, or parka. This sleeveless garment looks a little like overalls, due to its straps that fit with clasps over each shoulder. It's often sold in children's sizes as a snow suit. A child's snow suit may be sold separately or with a parka.
Rather than just worn for skiing, a ski or snow suit can be used for many different cold weather activities — even for just being protected from chilling wind when walking outdoors. Cross-country, or Nordic, and downhill, or Alpine, professional skiers wear well-insulated suits that feature their team colors and logos. Snowboarders and sledders are also usually dressed in ski wear to stay dry and warm outdoors.
A ski suit may be sold as unisex, which means it's designed for both males and females. Unisex ski suits tend to feature sporty stripes or abstract patterns that both men and women find tasteful to wear. Children's ski or snow suits may be unisex or sold as boys or girls garments. A child's ski suit designed to last through several growth periods often has cuffed legs and sleeves.
Infant ski suits are also called buntings or snow suits. They are typically one piece that includes long sleeves and a hood. Many infant bunting suits also feature matching mittens and booties that may be detachable. Commonly sized from 0 - 24 months, a bunting or ski suit can help keep babies warm in cold weather. These snow suits are available in both bright patterns and solid colors.