When you’re headed out on the slopes, a proper ski jacket is essential. The right jacket will keep you warm and shield you from the cold winter weather and will make your ski day an enjoyable one. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to find a quality jacket. Not sure which is best jacket for your next ski trip? Take a look at our top women’s ski jackets for your winter adventures.
1. The North Face Thermoball Triclimate Jacket
The North Face Thermoball Triclimate Jacket is a 3-in-1 layering system that’s perfect for powder days or frigid temps. The system starts with a heathered, waterproof, breathable, seam-sealed HyVent 2.5L shell with plenty of built in stretch. The ultralight removable ThermoBall liner keeps you warm, even if it gets wet. Developed in partnership with Primaloft, ThermoBall is an advanced insulation technology that closely mimics down clusters, trapping heat within small air pockets to retain warmth. Both jackets feature zip-in-compatibility with complementing garments from The North Face.
2. Spyder Amp Jacket
Colorado-based Spyder is the longstanding official apparel partner of the U.S. Ski Team, and you can count on the brand to deliver top performance ski apparel. The Spyder Amp Jacket delivers superior waterproofing and breathability with polyester stretch twill with Xt.L 10k/10k laminate. To make sure you stay dry, the Amp jacket is also treated with Spylon, a durable water repellent (DWR) finish that retains 80 percent of waterproofness after 20 washings. To keep you warm, the Amp is packed with 3M Thinsulate Insulation, a low-profile microfiber that traps insulating air, reflects radiant body heat, and delivers two times the warmth of other polyester insulations of the same thickness.
3. Kjus Edelweiss Jacket
This innovative sportswear company was formed in 2000 by Olympic Champion Lasse Kjus and Swiss entrepreneur Didi Serena, and since then the Kjus brand has pushed the envelope bringing fabric innovations and precision engineering to resort and backcountry ski garments. The Kjus Edelweiss moves with your body as you ski, thanks to its construction with four-way-stretch fabric and 3D detailing. Dermizax EV fabric provides 20K waterproofing and 25K breathability and a substantial 80g of FAST Thermo Core synthetic insulation promises to keep you warm. Ski-specific touches include a detachable hood, a powder skirt, adjustable cuffs and eyewear wipe.
Founded in 1981 by a scientist and adventurer named Ron Gregg, Outdoor Research has grown from an experimental apparel company into a trusted brand on mountaineering expeditions, alpine and ice climbs and backcountry ski trips. The Outdoor Research Skyward Jacket is a soft hard shell that’s perfect for on-piste or backcountry skiing. It keeps you dry underneath AscentShell 3L fabric — it’s waterproof, breathable and air permeable with full movement-mirroring stretch. Other ski-specific features include a helmet compatible wire-brimmed halo hood, YKK AquaGuard zippers and TorsoFlo venting from hem to bicep, so you can charge hard without overheating.
The apparel brand founded by Klaus Obermeyer in Aspen back in 1947 stays at the forefront of ski performance and style, thanks to its commitment to the sport. The Obermeyer Down Bombshell Parka is the epitome of form and function. Its sleek silhouette and slimming ruche detailing ensure you look good no matter the weather. This jacket keeps you dry with Obermeyer’s HydroBlock Sport fabric, a 10k waterproof fabric coated with hydrophilic laminations and a DWR polymer. Meanwhile, the Thermal Zone Insulation is mapped to your body’s heat zones to dial in an ideal temperature whether you’re on the slopes or après-ski bar hopping.
6. Arc’teryx Ravenna Jacket
Founded back in 1989 in the wilds of the Canadian Coastal Range, Arc’teryx is a brand known for its obsession with design, performance and precision. The Arc’teryx Ravenna Jacket is a resort-focused garment with a refined fit and performance fabrics. The waterproof, windproof, breathable N70s-4 3L GORE-TEX fabric offers four-way stretch. A brushed flannel backer adds warmth; other thoughtful ski features include a removable DropHood that integrates with an insulated collar for coverage, a powder skirt to seal out snow and a sleeve pocket for your RF pass.
Born in Portland, Oregon, Columbia Sportswear Company has been making gear so Pacific Northwesterners can enjoy the outdoors for more than 70 years. The Columbia Women’s Bugaboo Interchange Jacket is a three-in-one package with everything you need for a great day of skiing. The technical outer shell is made of a Omni-Tech waterproof, breathable fabric with sealed seams. Meanwhile, a zip-in fleece liner features Omni-Tech thermal reflectivity, which reflects your body heat for warmth while retaining plenty of breathability. Storm-busting features include an adjustable hood, draw cord adjustable hem and adjustable cuff tabs.
Schussers looking to stay warm without adding bulk should check out The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Jacket, the lightest full-featured down jacket (less than 8 ounces). This jacket is constructed with Whisperer 7D x 10D ripstop fabric and filled with brand’s Q.Shield DOWN 800-fill insulation, which resists moisture and maintains loft even when wet. Wear it alone on clear days or layer it with a waterproof shell when the flakes are flying. Best of all, this jacket can be compressed into its own pocket for easy packing.