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My Ski Pants are too long! How to hem ski pants to make them short

How do I shorten my ski pants leg length? My ski pants are too long!

Ski pants can be long in length and bunched up a bit as per the picture (they should have a bit of length on them, and at least rest on your feet when wearing without shoes) or even a bit more as pictured on the model below but…

If your snow pants are much longer than this, you can have them taken up by a seamstress or even do it yourself if you’re handy with a sewing needle and thread. If they don’t bother you, then don’t worry about it. Of course some styles of snow pants are shorter than others so you may also want to look at the ‘inseam’ measurement of the pants before you buy them. Sometimes though, no matter how hard you try, even the short ski pants, still don’t fit. Don’t worry!

A couple of things to note:

1. The waterproof and breathable material should be treated carefully by anyone looking at hemming snow pants. You definitely don’t want random pins and pinning of fabric all over the material however hemming the bottom seam is not a problem and this hem is rarely seam sealed anyway. What this means is, you can hem the bottom of the pants in a normal way without affecting the pants. It is the one seam you shouldn’t worry about as it’s over your boots anyway.

2. Sometimes, instead of cutting and hemming the bottom of the pants some people will just fold up the excess material inside the leg and tack the bottom hem to the inner lining, and that’s good too. This way works best if you don’t need a lot of pant leg taken up.

3. The internal snow cuff (boot gaitor) which sits with elastic over the boots when you’re wearing the pants (they are there to keep the snow out of your boots) should be left as they are. After the pants have been hemmed, if they fall longer than the pants, just bunch them up inside the pants so they can still act as they should. If you’re really OCD about it, you can always hem them separately too) To give you an idea of how far up the pant can be hemmed, you can use the snow cuff as a guide. Just below where they are sewn into the lining is as far up as the outer pant leg can be hemmed to.

4. Of course, you can take your pants to an outdoor gear seamstress specialist, I know there’s one in the Melbourne CBD, and they’ll do a beautiful job but it can get very expensive and time consuming. Sometimes, you just need to know how to do it yourself.

I hope this all makes sense. Please let me know if you have further questions 🙂

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Are my ski pants too long?


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    What’s the best plus size jacket for travelling to places like Europe or North America in their winter?

    “I just wanted to ask you which plus size women’s coat would be good to take travelling? We’re off to London and need something warm but easy to pack.”

    I’m often asked questions like these, so maybe they can help you 🙂 We answer with links to our Plus Snow website but the same products can be found in Ski & Board Online too.

    Hi Catherine, Thanks for getting in touch. It’s a tricky question with limited information but my favourites are as follows:

    • 1. Raiski Asama Longline Jacket – This is a great, super warm winter coat and nice and long but the most bulky jacket. It’s got a 300g insulation fill so is super toasty. It will suit any cold weather condition including time in rain and prolonged periods out in the cold. The two way zip is a bonus handy feature of this stylish winter coat too.
    • 2. Raiski Swan Longline Jacket – This is another lovely long-line jacket perfectly suited to travelers however this one is much thinner and a lot less bulky (with 100g of insulation which is soft and light) than the Asama jacket mentioned above and terrific for packing. A winner with many travelers for it’s pack-ability! This jacket will be suitable for a little drizzle and rain but not for prolonged periods and not for extreme cold. If it is very cold, you’ll need to wear an extra layer underneath.
    • 3. Raiski Kikai Jacket & Cartel Brooklyn Jacket & Raiski Aveline Jacket– My three favourite all rounder jackets. Warm, versatile, lots of features, highly waterproof and breathable. Lots of pockets and features. Not too bulky but not super thin either. A good stylish choice that don’t scream skier but also perfectly designed for hitting the ski slopes. The fur is removable and the length is perfect, just hiding your rear but not too long to get in the way or create extra bulk in your luggage. Each jacket has it’s own styling and features so scroll through on each style to see if any particular feature rings your bell. The Raiski jackets are slightly longer than the Cartel jacket by roughly 1 inch although the Cartel jacket is not a short style. Sometimes it looks shorter on the model as she is quite tall.
    • 4. Raiski Ascalon Jacket – This winter coat is a wonderful warm coat and more of basic style coat without as many internal features (pockets, powder skirt etc) so not as perfect for skiing or snowboarding as the ones in the above point. Has everything you’ll need to keep you warm and dry and the colours look fantastic. Not a ‘cheap’ jacket in any form and the outer material still has a lovely touch feel to it.
    • 5. Thermal layers for under your jacket – you’ll need something!! We have a great new range in now
    • We should also mention here that if you’re unsure which style to choose, you can always order two and then return the one which you don’t like as much. Our refund policy is designed to be simple and easy.

    Hope this helps, let me know if there’s anything you’re interested in but I have missed out on highlighting or discussing. Sincerely, Monica 🙂

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    Can you help me choose a pair of Plus Size Snow Pants for my Trip?

    Among the emails we receive, one of the most common query is to recommend the perfect pants for your upcoming Snow or Ski trip. And we totally understand as there are so many different brands with so many different attributes that it might be confusing at times. So, in order to simplify your choice, so that you can concentrate on what matters more, which is planning your trip, we came up with an easy guide to selecting the perfect pants.

    Figuring Out The Measurement

    Step number 1 would be to do your own pant measurements first to determine your size in each style. Measure the Waist, hips and inseam of your own pants to compare to the sizes on the chart, as each style is very different in it’s sizing and cut.  We have written a blog article to help with this if you need help.

    Now that we got your sizes sorted out, lets see what are the different options. (P.S. – My favourite pants and the short version are the Cartel Whistler Pants if you want a really quick answer 😉 )

    Cartel Whistler Pant

    Cartel Whistler Plus Size Pant CARTEL WHISTLER 15/15 WOMENS SKI PANT BLACK

    My personal favourite pant in the sense that the pants are made from a beautiful stretch material outer fabric which is super comfortable, not as noisy to wear, and fits most body shapes very well. The stretch fabric drapes beautifully on the body and is very flattering however it is not a stretch fabric in the sense that they will fit bigger than the size of the pants. The inner lining and the seams are not stretch as this would affect the seam sealing of the pant. These pants come in a variety of colours however black is always the most popular choice.

    Raiski Savona Pants

    We are super excited to be now stocking the Raiski R+ range as designed by Halti, a Finnish brand. With a great stretch fabric, sizes up to 28 and removable braces, these pants are sure to impress! They are slightly longer in the leg than the Whistler pants and have slightly more room in the hips (although the sizing runs one size smaller so a size 24 Whistler = size 26 Savona). They are also slightly higher in the rise (crutch to waist) than the Cartel Whistler pants which means more room for your tummy, hips and bum to fit in. They are constructed from a highly waterproof/breathable 10/10 seam sealed nylon outer to keep you warm and dry all day long, no matter the conditions. Our customers love the braces which help keep the pants up and the snow out when bending over or collecting yourself after a big stack!


    Aggression Rio and Aggression Bolivia Pant


    These are a shell style pant which means they have the waterproof/breathable outer layer and membrane in the pant without any insulation between the outer and the lining layer. This means you’ll need to wear warm clothes underneath to keep you warm, and possibly some thermals under those as well depending on how cold it will be. They are the only style in our range which are not insulated in any way. The beauty of this style is that they are a lot smaller and easier to pack than other snow pants, and they just slide on over the top of your pants. They are also versatile so they can be used in warmer climates and for other uses such as camping or hiking. They are a great price too, so a very affordable and popular option. The Rio and Bolivia are almost similar in style with the main difference being the Bolivia is for larger sizes.

    Cartel Kicker Pants – Aggression Castro Tab Adjuster Pants – Aggression Castro Queen Pants

    Aggression Queen Castro Plus Size

    Aggression Castro Tab Adjuster

    Cartel Kicker Pants

    The above pants are all popular option for women who need extra extra room for the bum, hips and/or thighs. The Cartel Kicker is made from the same soft stretch fabric as the Cartel Whistler and is my personal favourite for women with this real pear body shape.

    Cartel Manhattan and Cartel Hudson


    The Cartel Manhattan and Hudson pant are our super popular soft-shell stretch pant styles. They are one soft-shell layer with the inner fleece lining bonded to the outer soft-shell stretch material. They are designed with a more traditional black stretch pant style look and fit, and stretch a little like a pair of leggings. Not as much as legging but the fabric has some give to it. We have found that some women who don’t technically fit into these pants according to the size chart, are still able to wear these pants comfortably.

    In fact, ‘comfort’ is the number one response that our customers report when trying on these pants. Many women buy these AND another pair of pants when travelling just so they have the versatility that these pants provide without always looking like you’re wearing a pair of snow pants. These pants are not as warm as a traditional pair of ski pants as they don’t have the insulating layer and multiple layers which other pants have. These pants fit very small, so it’s best to go up 1-2 sizes when ordering, but best to use the size chart.

    Affordable Womens Snow Pants

    When you don’t want to spend a lot of money or its a ‘one-off’ trip, then getting some pants at the least possible cost is your preferred choice. For ladies who like the sound of descriptions like value for money, affordable or cheap (without being cheap) then we suggest some less expensive pants from our snow range. Each pant’s description attempts to include exactly why they are less expensive such as more basic waist structures, no leg snow cuffs or more basic material and insulation while still measuring up to the cold and wet conditions. We’ve got a few for you to check out if the pants above look to pricey for you.

    Larger Plus Size Pants

    A few styles of the pants above are also available in bigger sizes that go all the way to 28 for ladies and unisex 10XL.

    If you are over size ladies 26 or 28, some of the pants do not go larger than that. What we can recommend then is to try the Unisex pants that go in larger sizes. Here are a couple of ideas.

    • –  Although these pants only go up to a size 7XL, they are very oversized and when I hold the Bolivia size 9XL next to the waist of the 7XL of the Glide they are very similar.  They are a mens pant but fit some women’s shapes more suitably and similarly to the Bolivia when you see it on a women’s body, just a wider leg and thigh.
    • -The Aggression Castro Unisex Queen Plus Size Ski or Snowboard Pant in Short Leg (SL) Black for the king sized man or curvaceous woman is bullet-proof and will keep you dry even in the wettest and worst conditions skiing in Australia and overseas. Fully Seam Sealed and reinforced stitching with a rating of 10/10 for added waterproofing and breathability quality.


    We offer Plus Sized Snow pants, jackets and thermals that are available to ship internationally as well at :

    I hope this breaks down my range a little better for you. I believe the best place to start would be the Womens Cartel Whistler Plus Sized pant, it’s how our whole business started!

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    Measuring for the best fit / size of our Plus Sized Snow Clothes

    How to choose the best size of snow pants or snow jacket on our website?

    Unfortunately not every size is made equal. In the realm of snow gear and specifically plus sized snow gear, the sizes can vary incredibly even across the same brand. A Cartel Snow Pant in one style will fit very differently to another and the sizes might vary by 2 or 3 sizes even.  You might normally be a size 22 and find yourself ordering a size 26 on our site or a Unisex 6XL. Don’t worry, the size is just a number and what’s really important is finding you a plus size jacket or pant which is comfy and fits well for your upcoming adventure to a cold climate. We know finding plus sized snow gear is hard so we have worked hard to find and distribute a wide range of styles to give you choice regardless of where you live. Shipping is from Melbourne, Australia and exchanges and refunds are easy and quick.

    Measuring your clothing may feel like a time consuming and annoying process but it really is pretty easy and it is likely to save you time and money in the long run. So many of our customers have contacted us needing help in this area so we have put together this guide to help you through the process. You’re not alone, and we are here and happy to help 🙂 So, you’ll need to measure….


    The best way to do this is to:
    1. Grab a pair of your own pants or jacket or coat which fit you well and don’t have too much stretch.
    2. Measure the pants and/or jacket
    3. Compare the measurements to the size chart for the product you are interested in purchasing or use our new Size Chart Conversion Tool above the size options drop-down box on each product item’s page!

    Measure the garment not your body to ensure the accuracy of the measurements, but if you want to cross reference, you can measure yourself as well.


    Lay your measuring tape out flat on a table or flat surface. We tape the measuring tape to the table to keep it in place.
    Have a pen and paper handy to write down your measurements straight away.

    PANTS – measure the Waist, Hip, thigh and inseam or ‘in-leg’.


    To measure the waist of the pant hold your fingers on the inside of the pant and place on top of the measuring tape. Your measuring the top edge of the pant. First measure the waist’s ‘relaxed’ measurement which is just laying the pant on top of the measuring tape without any tension. To measure the pant’s ‘extended measurement’, stretch the waist band as far as you can and hold against the tape measure.
    Record these measurements and then double it keeping in mind that there are two sides of the garment


    Next measure the hips. This can vary slightly but with Cartel pants this measurement is 3 inches up from the crotch cross seam.
    Pull the fabric firm and tight and measure from seam to seam.
    Again, double this measurement for the full hip circumference.

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    For the thigh measurement just measure around one thigh. So take this from approximately 1 inch down from crutch cross seam.
    Pull the fabric tight and measure from seam to seam.
    Again, double this measurement for the full thigh measurement.


    To measure the Inseam or Inleg: Measure from the crutch cross seam to the bottom hem.


    Lay your measuring tape out flat on a table or any flat surface and tape the measuring tape to the table to keep it in place.
    Have a pen and paper handy to write down your measurements straight away.
    First zip up all the zips and pockets

    JACKET – measure the Chest, Waist and Hips or bottom hem (whichever is the widest).


    To measure the chest, measure one inch down from the arm pit seam, pull the fabric tight and measure across from seam to seam.
    Record these measurements and then double it keeping in mind that there are two sides of the garment


    Measure the waist. This can vary but with our Cartel Jackets we are going to take this measurement at the ½ way point from the arm pit seam to the bottom hem.
    Pull the fabric firm and tight and measure from seam to seam.
    Again, double this measurement for the full hip circumference.


    Hips or bottom seam measurement is the widest part of the jacket. In our Cartel jackets it is the bottom seam as the jacket doesn’t taper in at the bottom like some jackets do.
    So, pull the fabric tight and measure from seam to seam and double this measurement for the full circumference.

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    Once you have all of your measurements you can head back to the measurement chart on the product page to find your correct size, remembering each product has a different size chart. You will need to leave room for your largest measurement, and remember to leave some room for thermals for a comfy fit

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at or after you have completed your measurements.


    Sometimes it’s good idea to measure both and compare the results. For example measure the thigh on your non-stretchy pants and then compare this to your own thigh to get a set of measurements.

    Some of my customers have found that their clothing measurement is smaller than their body measurement which has not resulted from stretchy clothing (which would be my first thought) because an area such as the thighs can be malleable and can change its shape and form a little when fitting into clothing. The same may not apply for an area such as the hips or waist where you need to bend, breathe and move comfortably.

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    Differences between the Cartel Softshell Ski Pants

    Ladies, lets face it, shopping for ski pants online, although super convenient & loads of fun (most of the time) it can also be pretty difficult, especially when ski pants, like the Cartel Hudson and Manhattan look so similar online. How are you to know the slight differences in style, shape and features if you can’t physically see them, right? We’re going to compare two of our most popular women’s plus size ski pants for you, the Cartel Hudson and Cartel Manhattan so you will know which ski pants will fit you the best.

    Similarities in the Cartel Hudson and Manhattan Softshell Ski Pants:

    Cartel Softshell comparison Hudson vs Manhattan Ski Pant
    Our best selling women’s snow ski pants, the Cartel Hudson and the Cartel Manhattan are two very similar pants in both style and quality. They are both made with a waterproof and breathable, non-seam sealed, stretch, soft shell laminated fabric and designed on a smaller, more body hugging, fitted straight legged cut making the Hudson and Manhattan less bulky compared to other styles of snow pants. They have one single layer of material (the outer softshell fabric is bonded to the inner fleece lining) as opposed to most ski pant designs which have 3 layers – an outer fabric, insulation, and an inner lining. Not only that, they both have belt loops, fasten at the waist with two buttons, a hidden hook and eye and a YKK zip fly while two invisible zip hip pockets reduce bulk around the hips.

    Differences however, should be highlighted when comparing these two pants:

    The Cartel Hudson ladies snow pant is manufactured with a wide elastic panel positioned at the back in the center of the waist band (see image at bottom of this article). This allows for an expandable waist and ease when sitting on a chair lift, playing in the snow or simply walking around the ski village.  Also visible in this image at the bottom of this article, they also have a  yoke which helps the fit around your waist and hips and flatters your curves. It’s leg length is also slightly longer in the leg than the Manhattan as you can see in when comparing the two images above. Finally, since these pants don’t have a zip feature at the bottom of the leg hem or an internal snow gaitor or cuff at the ankle, they are easily adjusted to any length if you find they are too long.

    The Cartel Manhattan ladies snow pant on the other hand, has a different more traditional elastic waist and back than the Hudson, without a yoke. The Manhattan also features a snow cuff with a hook and eye clip inside the ankle section of the pant. This snow cuff is similar to an extra waterproof lining inside the ankle section, hemmed with a firm elastic band designed to sit on the outside of your boots to keep the snow out and the warmth in. This is an important feature if you’re using these pants for a lot of skiing or snowboarding. These pants have have a zip at the back of the leg cuff which enables them to be opened to fit easily over ski boots if you have bigger calves. The seam down the front of each leg also gives the pants a flattering style and fit.

    Fit Notes from our customer ‘Liz’ when she tried a size 24 in both styles :

    She normally wears a size 18 in pants – “When comparing the two styles of Cartel soft shell ski pants I found the Hudson is more of a boot leg style shape, and has marginally less room for the thighs. On the other hand, the Cartel Manhattan pant is a straighter leg which I found to be more flattering, and they have slightly more room in the bottom and waist areas which suited my curvy body shape better”

    Fit Notes from our customer ‘Sarah’ when she tried a size 26 in both styles :

    She tried a size 20 in the XTM Smooch snow pants and they were too small – “When comparing the two styles of Cartel soft shell ski pants I found that I couldn’t even get the Hudson pulled up over my thighs and bum but the Cartel Manhattan snow pants pulled up and fit beautifully and comfortably. I’m so happy to have something for my adventure to Argentina!”

    Overall, both women’s ski pants are a relatively small cut when you compare your size to your other clothing. Our customers tend to buy them two and sometimes three sizes bigger than what they would usually wear. For example, if you wear size 18 jeans, don’t be alarmed when comparing your measurements to our size charts provided. Your correct size may in fact be a size 22. They are a smaller cut pant thus the differing size run. Having said that, depending on your shape, some women who don’t fit into a size 26 in a different pant, will still fit into these pants in a size 26 due to their curves and the stretch and cut of this pant. Don’t rule these pants out, some customers like to buy 2 pairs and return the ones which don’t fit as well. That’s fine with us!

    Cartel Hudson Cartel Manhattan back comparison
    Cartel Hudson Cartel Manhattan back comparison

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