Best Jackets for Skiing and Snowboarding
By Ted Rollins
, last updated January 19, 2012
While the main point of a ski or snowboard vacation is hitting the slopes and relaxing in the lodge, you'll also want to look great and stay warm in some of the best jackets for skiing and snowboarding. When picking a jacket, you'll need to decide on what level of performance is a factor for you in relation to the jacket's aesthetics, as you can find elegant ski jackets that won't keep you as warm as some less expensive options. From the following list, you'll learn about some of the best ski and snowboard jackets for both men and women.
The North Face Women's Venture Jacket
If you're planning on doing some spring skiing and don't need a heavy jacket, this option from The North Face should be high on your list. The jacket retails for $99 from 6PM. This option comes in lime green and is designed to be easily stowed. It uses a HyVent 2.5L shell for breathability and keeping water out, and it is fully seam sealed with an adjustable hood, underarm vents and a draw cord hem. If you want to wear this style in colder conditions, you'll want to add a few layers underneath.
Groovstar Roma Herringbone Snowboarding Jacket
The British store ASOS carries this snowboard jacket, and it now sells for just $172, well below its $318 original price. The jacket comes in red and has a water resistant herringbone textured body with a large hood, oversized collar and a hidden zip front closure below a press stud placket. The jacket also has multiple cargo pockets, tabbed cuffs, an arm zipper, and a longer back yoke.
Adidas by Stella McCartney Belted Ski Jacket
Neiman Marcus carries this feminine ski jacket, which retails for $450. It comes in a light grey and has a hooded collar with a turtleneck, which makes for a surprisingly modern look. You'll find a two way front zip, a smocked belted waist, small front pockets and long tab sleeves with gathered elastic cuffs. The hem hits below the hip, which should help keep some of the snow out!
Burberry Sport Hooded Snowboard Jacket in Union Red
Neiman also carries this top option for men, which now sells for $695. The jacket comes in a bright red and has a soft nylon construction designed to provide tons of warmth without the weight. The jacket has a funnel collar with a hood and a full front zip, long sleeves with zip pockets near the wrist and contrasting black undersides, hook and eye cuffs and a big Burberry Sport logo on the left sleeve.
Alexander Wang Hybrid Tweed Ski Jacket with Raccoon Trimmed Hood
For ladies looking for a high fashion option for the lodge, this Alexander Wang coat should be a top pick. The jacket comes in black and has a fitted look with a fur lined body and a rabbit trimmed hood. There are both tweed and leather panels on the front, as well as leather patches on the shoulders and elbows. The jacket also features a corduroy lined collar, two flap pockets on the insides, and multiple cargo pockets below the waist.