Picking out a ski jacket can be a daunting task. There are so many brands and weights to choose from. You should pick your jacket based on the temperature and weather conditions for your trip. Here are your options:
1.) Softshell Jacket: Softshell jackets are water resistant but not waterproof. This means you could fall and not get wet in most instances, but it’s no guarantee. They are meant for warm weather skiing, which is just below freezing and above. These jackets are often worn off the slopes as well, since they look the least like performance jackets.
Here is an example of a softshell jacket.
2.) Shell Jackets: Shell jackets are waterproof but do not provide the insulation of heavier jackets. These are great for skiing or boarding in melting snow, since you can protect yourself from the wet snow without overheating.
Here is an example of a shell jacket.
3.) Snow Jackets: Most ski jackets come with both an outer shell and an inner layer that could be composed of wool or synthetic materials like Thinsulate. The majority of ski jackets fit in this category.
Here is an example of a standard snow jacket.
4.) Three-in-One Jackets: A three-in-one jacket, sometimes called a “Tri-Climate Jacket”, is a shell that has a removable fleece that snaps or zips in. You can wear just the shell, just the fleece, or both at the same time.
Here is an example of a three-in-one jacket.
If you have any questions about ski jackets, feel free to visit our ski jacket buying guide or call Sun and Ski at 866-786-3869.