At the beginning of each ski season, I dread checking my daughter’s closet to see if her ski outfit from the previous year still fits. Ski clothes are notoriously pricy, and growing children slough off each season’s outfits like they’re shedding skin. Some families rent ski clothes for children, or even hit ski swaps to get items without incurring too much cost.


The past few years, even though my daughter is still growing, she’s been able to wear Obermeyer kid and teen sizes for a couple of seasons per outfit, so stretching out the price of a jacket or pant is pretty reasonable. This year, she’s sporting the Obermeyer Rayla Jacket and Jessi Pant.


The jacket is made from HydroBlack Pro 100-percent polyester plain weave with two-way stretch (and HydroBlock Sport 100-percent polyester mélange plain weave for the knight black color) with 140gm stay-dry insulation in the jacket body (with 80gm in the sleeves and 60gm in the hood). That keeps teens dry and warm while they’re out shredding and having a good time outdoors. Mesh gussets and underarm control zone ventilation (with pit zips) help regulate variations in temperature. The snap-away powder skirt and a removable hood allow your teen to ditch those performance elements when they’re just hanging out with friends around town. A secure electronics pocket helps keep expensive phones in place.


The Jessi Pant is made with either (depending on the color you choose) HydroBlock Pro 100-percent polyester plain weave with two-way stretch or HydroBlock Sport 100-percent polyester twill weave with 40 gm stay-dry insulation. The adjustable waist is fleece-lined and includes belt loops for the inevitable stylish accessorizing that comes with teen preferences. Inner thigh vents help with temperature regulation. Because kids seem to grow overnight, making pants that fit yesterday too short today, the Extended Wear System that allows 2 inches of growth at the hem is an excellent addition.


The Rayla Jacket comes in a handful of solid and print colors (stock is getting thin toward the end of ski season), and lists for $189.50 on the Obermeyer site. The Jessi Pant also comes in solid and print colors, and lists for $129.50 on the Obermeyer site. Get them now for spring skiing fun, and consider sizing up for your teen so she can still use them next season.