The 15 Best Ski Jackets to Wear for a Day on the Slopes (or Not)

Here’s the thing about ski jackets: What makes them great for barreling down a snow-covered mountain is exactly what makes them great for just plain existing in the world during the wintertime. So if you’re not a day-pass kind of guy, but you’re in the market for some new outerwear, there are certainly worse places to look than the world of alpine sports. And if you are into skiing or snowboarding, well, nothing else will really do. After all, you want something that’s able to keep out the snow and stave off the cold while also allowing you to strategically vent some of that warmth you’re building up with each consecutive run. Something like one of these 15 jackets, which are built for the slopes but would also look at home on a city sidewalk. Take your pick.

Whirlibird IV Interchange 3-in-1 Jacket



Columbia has a real knack for well-built outerwear that’ll do its job without leaving you in debt. The Whirlibird 3-in-1 jacket is a strong example. 

Squamish Jacket

Helly Hansen


If skiing or snowboarding is a “sometimes” pursuit, a 3-in-1 jacket that’s built for day-to-day life but capable of taking a couple runs down the mountain might be your best bet.

Chakal Insulated Jacket

The North Face


Shell-and-liner systems are great, but if you’re in the market for a purpose-built, insulated ski jacket, The North Face has you covered. The Chakal has 100g PrimaLoft insulation in the body, a waterproof shell, and pit zips to let you cool off. 

Hyperia MerinoLOFT Hooded Jacket



This packable puffer hoodie will keep you cozy on days when the wind isn’t howling and the temperature isn’t too low. It’s insulated with a merino wool blend that’s lightweight and very warm.

Brilliant Hooded Ski Jacket



Four-way stretch and articulated arms make for ease of movement, while a breathable, waterproof shell and sealed seams keep the elements out. 

Snowshot 3-in-1 Jacket



The outer shell of this Patagonia jacket is made from 70 percent recycled polyester. So it’s easier on the environment, while still delivering a whole boatload of functionality. 

3L Frostner Gore-Tex Jacket



It’s Gore-Tex, so you know you don’t have to worry one bit about wind, rain, and everything else. Hell, even a glass of red wine in the lodge after your last run would probably run right off this thing. (Though, best drink quick, just to be safe.) 

Corpus Padded Hooded Ski Jacket

Black Crows


Details like a built-in snow skirt and PrimaLoft insulation are proof that this jacket was built for the slopes. But its low-key look could fit in pretty much anywhere.

Slope Phenix 20,000mmH2O Hooded Ski Jacket



Phenix delivers so much technical know-how for serious skiers that the brand has been the supplier to the Japan National Ski Team and the Norwegian Ski Federation Alpine Team. Pretty solid co-signs, if you ask us.

Beta AR Jacket



This lightweight jacket—it’s only one pound—uses a three-layer Gore-Tex shell to keep you shielded from the elements. Plus, the hood is compatible with a ski helmet. Safety first!

Hybridge Lite Hoodie Slim Fit Packable Jacket

Canada Goose


Wear it on its own for mild days on the mountain, and pair it with a shell when the weather turns cold and blustery. 

Quilted Panelled Stretch Tech-Jersey Hooded Down Ski Jacket

Moncler Grenoble


Moncler’s jersey-and-nylon down jacket is able to stand up to a few black diamond runs, but it might be even better for all your apres-ski adventures. 

Sands Colour-Block Hooded Ski Jacket



The list of this jacket’s ski-ready bona fides is almost comically tech-y sounding. It features a DuPont Sorona softshell exterior with Perfortex lamination, plus AquaGuard zippers. That’s a lot of proprietary innovation to keep you warm and dry. Despite all that, the look is 100 percent old-school cool.

Hurricane Hooded Down Ski Jacket

Aztech Mountain


If your favorite field jacket could go on a ski vacation, this is what it would look like. Down padding, a Toray Dermizax EV membrane, and four-way stretch mean you’ll be warm, dry, and comfortable all day.

Arnensee Slim-Fit Quilted Down Ski Jacket

Moncler Grenoble


Sometimes, you want to invest in something that’s both functional (warm down insulation, laminated water-resistant shell, waterproof zippers), and damn good looking. This Moncler jacket is it.

Jonathan Evans is the style director of Esquire, covering all things fashion, grooming, accessories, and, of course, sneakers.

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