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The Best Women’s Ski Jackets to Jump-Start the Winter Sports Season

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Editor-Approved

Halfdays Aston Jacket

Editor’s Choice

Aston Jacket

Editor-Approved

Halfdays Aston Jacket

Cons
  • Sells out fast

In our humble opinion, there is so much to love about the Halfdays Aston Jacket—or any of the brand’s pieces, for that matter. The company—which was co-founded by a former Olympic skier Kiley McKinnon—focuses on designs specifically meant for the modern woman’s body. On top of that, they come in undeniably stylish and punchy colors that are easy to spot on the mountain, like this vibrant pink. This jacket is a favorite among skiers for its removable belt and hood in addition to its fully taped seams, which keep any moisture from getting in. If you want to complete the look, be sure to get the matching bib pants, too.

Sizes: XS-2X

Colors: 8 options

Material: 100% recycled polyester

Insulation: PrimaLoft Black Insulation ECO 100% PCR

Fitted & Featherless

Rains W Alta Puffer Parka

W Alta Puffer Parka

Fitted & Featherless

Rains W Alta Puffer Parka

Cons
  • No thumbholes on the cuff

Rains creates lifestyle outerwear that combines function with conceptual design. This style in particular comes in the brand’s signature waterproof and breathable fabrics, insulated with featherless chamber technology for a warm and waterproof wear. The puffer silhouette has a slightly oversized fit, which is ideal for comfortably fitting those warm layers underneath.

Sizes: XS-XL

Colors: Sonic, Black, Metallic Gray, and Candy

Material: 100% Polyester

Insulation: Performance Recycled Fiber Insulation

Quilted & Bright

Bogner Farina Down Ski Jacket

Farina Down Ski Jacket

Quilted & Bright

Bogner Farina Down Ski Jacket

Cons
  • Not Vegan

Why not hit the slopes in something that will stand out against the snowy white backdrop? Bogner’s new FIRE+ICE collection features bold hues in the form of a fitted puffer silhouette (thanks to the stretchy side panels) that is insulated without the extra bulk. A stand-up collar and elasticated thumb-hole cuffs will preserve heat, while the water-repellent recycled nylon fabric and snow guard protect from moisture.

Sizes: XS-2XL

Colors: Orange/Dark Blue, Pink/Lime

Material: Recycled Nylon

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Insulated, But Not Stuffy

Helly Hansen Alphelia LifaLoft Insulated Jacket

Alphelia LifaLoft Insulated Jacket

Insulated, But Not Stuffy

Helly Hansen Alphelia LifaLoft Insulated Jacket

Cons
  • Not as many pockets as other styles

Another go-to brand for backcountry skiers is Helly Hansen—and this Alphelia LifaLoft Insulated Jacket is a bestseller among those who hit the slopes regularly. Made with synthetic insulation, this will keep you warm, even when there’s some added moisture. And with its sleek design, it’ll have you feeling toasty without the added bulk as you glide down the mountain.

Sizes: XS-XL

Colors: Navy and Snow

Material: Helly Tech Professional

Insulation: LifaLoft

The Sustainable Pick

Stio Women’s Environ Jacket

Editor’s Choice

Women’s Environ Jacket

The Sustainable Pick

Stio Women’s Environ Jacket

Now 20% Off

Speaking from personal experience, we love Stio’s snow products. This fully-sealed shell, which is completely waterproof, is essential for the spring season. Roomy enough to fit your insulation of choice and made with a flexible and durable recycled fabric, you’ll be able to move freely through anything, no doubt.

Sizes: XXS-XXL

Colors: Kingbird Blue, Alpine Green, Autumn Red, Gray Fox, and Midnight Hour

Material: 100% recycled polyester

The Chic Skiier

Goldbergh Track Printed Down Ski Jacket

Track Printed Down Ski Jacket

The Chic Skiier

Goldbergh Track Printed Down Ski Jacket

This style is just as much for exploring the ski resort as it is for the sport itself. Channel your bolder side with this star-studded Goldbergh puffer, which has a waist-length hem and leather detailing. You can also commit to the full look with the matching salopettes.

Sizes: US 2-16

Colors: Dark Brown

Material: Recycled Polyester

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Belted Beauty

FP Movement Lift Love Jacket

Lift Love Jacket

Belted Beauty

FP Movement Lift Love Jacket

Cons
  • Smaller sizes might feel too oversized

For all my minimalist fashion girls out there—this one’s for you. In a rich ‘Timberwolf’ color with ruching on the sleeves, this jacket is stylishly understated and has the highest level of moisture protection. The adjustable belt provides a fitted look to a relaxed, oversized silhouette. Our favorite feature is the interior phone zipper pocket, so you can be hands-free and never worry about losing your belongings.

Sizes: XS-XL

Colors: Timberwolf, Mountain Blossom

Material: Polyamide

Insulation: PrimaLoft Insulation

The Fashion Find

Farm Rio Mixed Scarves Ski Puffer Jacket

Mixed Scarves Ski Puffer Jacket

The Fashion Find

Farm Rio Mixed Scarves Ski Puffer Jacket

Now 60% Off

If you have the opportunity to garner attention on the ski lift (sartorially speaking, of course), why not take it? Farm Rio’s puffer jacket—which also has matching pants—is meant for the bold fashion lover who wants to stand out at all times—including her ski trips. Sure, it may not be the most technical of options on this list, but if you’re taking the more relaxing routes this season, it’s perfect.

Sizes: XS-XL

Colors: Multi

Material: 100% polyester

Funky & Functional

The North Face Summit Series Verbier GTX Jacket

Summit Series Verbier GTX Jacket

Funky & Functional

The North Face Summit Series Verbier GTX Jacket

The North Face isn’t here to play. This durable and waterproof GORE-TEX jacket is built for performance and is practical for a long day of skiing and cold weather activity. Features include an adjustable, helmet-compatible hood, a perforated chin guard, underarm vents, a zip chest pocket with cord routing, and so much more. With so many technical details, you’ll be able to embrace your inner Olympic athlete and stay sharp all day long.

Sizes: XS-2XL

Colors: Almond Butter Pitcher Plant Print, Boysenberry/Misty Sage, TNF Black, and Radiant Orange/Almond Butter

Material: Recycled Polyester

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The Versatile Pick

Ulla Johnson Rhodes Laquered Puffer Jacket

Rhodes Laquered Puffer Jacket

The Versatile Pick

Ulla Johnson Rhodes Laquered Puffer Jacket

Ok, we’ll admit, this one isn’t the most practical ski jacket, but it is the most versatile, in my opinion. The cinched drawstring waist, stand-up collar, and removable sleeves make up for the lack of technical performance features. Available in this season’s hottest color—Bordeaux—you can style this pick as a coat or a vest, depending on your outfit, of course. The lacquered textile also creates a sense of luxury that can be dressed up or down for any occasion.

Sizes: XS-L

Colors: Mahogany

Material: 100% Nylon

The Pullover

Backcountry Last Chair Stretch Insulated Anorak Jacket

Last Chair Stretch Insulated Anorak Jacket

The Pullover

Backcountry Last Chair Stretch Insulated Anorak Jacket

Now 30% Off

Cons
  • Pullover design is less practical for easy on-and-off

This style gets brownie points for being affordable. Backcountry’s color-block pullover has a half-zip for easier on-and-off and a multitude of pockets, including a super accessible zippered kangaroo pocket. The face fabric is both stretchy and soft for maximum comfort while also featuring saturation prevention treatment. The adjustable hood traps heat and the relaxed silhouette leaves plenty of room for warm layers underneath.

Sizes: XS-XL

Colors: Peach Whip/Brown Sugar/Bleached Sand, Goblin Blue Check Camo, Goblin Blue/Reseda/Turbulence

Material: Recycled Polyester

Insulation: PrimaLoft Black

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Dale Arden Chong

Dale Arden Chong is the Senior Fashion Commerce Editor at ELLE.com. Previously, she was an editor at MensHealth.com and has written for Who What Wear, GLAMOUR, The Coveteur, and more. She loves fashion, food, and art, among other things—but her greatest love is K-pop idol V of BTS. 

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