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Best women’s ski jackets: great protection and warmth for skiers, snowboarders and winter hikers

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Winter is here, but the best women’s ski jackets can help you keep warm and on the move if you refuse to let the cold slow you down. Whether you’re  winter hiking, cross country skiing or carving turns on the slopes, a jacket designed specifically for skiing and snowboarding is a must. Our best winter jackets for women are the very best on sale for staying warm, dry and stylish both on and off piste, and we’ve included options suitable for most budgets and abilities.

A good ski jacket is designed to be paired with ski pants and should – like the best winter hiking boots – be warm, waterproof and comfortable to wear all day. There’s no avoiding it – the best ski jackets are expensive, but they’ll last you years of ski trips or a few seasons of working in the mountains, so it’s worth splashing the cash on a decent one. Pick a jacket you’d also be happy to wear for cold weather walks and in the city when you’re back home, to make it worth the spend.

If you’re off to a dry slope or on your first ski trip you can get away with a simple, basic ski jacket, while keen ski tourers and backcountry boarders should pick a reliably waterproof and warm technical jacket. Ski wear has become a bit of a fashion statement in recent years, but whatever style you go for, we’d recommend looking for a model that includes a few key features that we’ve rounded up in our buyer’s guide, below. 

The best insulated snow sports jackets for women

Best women’s ski jackets: Helly Hansen Verbier Infinity Jacket

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Helly Hansen Verbier Infinity Jacket

For top-of-the-range protection and fit, look no further than the Verbier Infinity

Specifications
RRP: $794 (US) / £600 (UK)
Waterproofing: Life Infinity
Insulation: Synthetic
Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL
Colors: Light Blue / White / Navy
Compatibility: Ready for any ski adventuring you throw at it
Reasons to buy
+Clever Life Pocket preserves your phone’s battery life+Great quality and fit+RECCO reflector
Reasons to avoid
-White and baby blue colorways might render you invisible-Expensive

Go straight to the top of the ski class – we reckon Helly Hansen’s Verbier Infinity is the best female snow sports jacket we’ve tested (and has a price tag to match). 

If there’s a box for ski performance, the Verbier Infinity ticks it. It’s so water- and snow-proof it’ll take on a day out in a blizzard without a fuss and it fits beautifully, with space for mid layers underneath and room for you to move, but with enough insulation to keep you cosy when you’re standing still (or sat on a windswept chairlift). 

A “Life Pocket” is designed to preserve your phone battery for longer on chilly days, and the jacket is fitted with a RECCO reflector, which makes you searchable to rescue teams in case of an accident. We tested out the white version of the Verbier Infinity, but reckon you’d be a bit too camouflaged in a white-out, so would suggest investing in the navy colorway instead. 

Now let’s talk that price tag: a beginner heading on their first ski holiday doesn’t need such a sophisticated jacket, but off-piste lovers and anyone who skis or works in the mountains all winter long will be pleased they splashed the cash on such a reliable and beautifully made jacket.

Best women’s ski jackets: TOG24 Anvil Jacket

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TOG24 Anvil Jacket

Stay cosy in the snow in TOG24’s padded puffer, a smart and comfy all-rounder of a jacket

Specifications
RRP: $160 (US) / £120 (UK)
Waterproofing: DWR water-repellent coating
Insulation: Recycled synthetic insulation
Sizes: S / M / L / XL / XL
Colors: Dark Pink / White
Compatibility: Ideal for entry-level skiing in winter conditions
Reasons to buy
+Well insulated+Comfortable+Good looks+Recycled insulation
Reasons to avoid
-Arms could be more articulated-Water repellent, not waterproof-Fewer size options

Pop TOG24’s Anvil jacket on and you may not want to take it off again until spring – it’s that comfortable. The fit and comfort of this jacket really stood out on test, and this boxy, padded design is as pleasingly puffy as a down jacket to wear. 

Lots of recycled synthetic insulation traps in warmth and is ideal for withstanding cold and windy weather, but makes the Anvil too warm for spring skiing. Keep in mind that this is a bulky jacket, too – definitely not a slim shell you could stash in your backpack or work up a big sweat in. 

When it comes to ski-specific features, there’s a good adjustable snow skirt and hood, and great comfy thumb loops. 

Our only real criticism of this jacket? The arms don’t give quite as much room to move freely as some more sporty (and expensive) jackets we tested out, but we don’t think that would put us off the Anvil – this is a good affordable all-rounder that would suit beginner to intermediate skiers. We like the bomber jacket-style looks, which would double up well as a casual coat, and despite its name the Dark Pink colorway is more of smart neutral red in reality. 

Best women’s ski jackets: Columbia Mount Bindo II Waterproof Ski Jacket

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Columbia Mount Bindo II Waterproof Ski Jacket

Warm, comfy and smart – this longer-length ski jacket doubles up nicely as a winter all-rounder coat, but do check the fit first

Specifications
RRP: $305 (US) / £230 (UK)
Waterproofing: Omni-Tech waterproofing
Insulation: Omni-Heat Infinity reflective lining
Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL / XXL
Colors: Orange / Black / White / Navy
Compatibility: Ideal for ski touring when the temperatures drop as well as for more casual winter use
Reasons to buy
+Very warm+Works well as a general winter coat+Great quality
Reasons to avoid
-Slim fit won’t suit curvier figures

You’re guaranteed to stay cosy in the cold in Columbia’s Mount Bindo II. We love the longer length of this rather smart jacket, which gives more wind and snow protection to your lower torso than most ski jackets, and makes this design double up nicely as a winter coat, so you get more bang for your buck when you’re back home from the slopes. 

On the snow, Columbia’s innovative gold reflective lining does a great job of trapping in body heat, which is very welcome when you’re out in bad conditions (or just sitting on a chilly chair lift), but does also make this coat too warm for balmy spring skiing. 

The Mount Bindo II has all the features we look for in a good jacket, such as a snow skirt, goggle and lift-pass pockets and an adjustable hood. It is also very comfortable to move in, although we’d go a size up if you aren’t keen on a slim fit (and even then, curvy figures may find it doesn’t fit too well). The faux fur hood liner may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s removable. 

The best waterproof snow sports jackets for women

Best women’s ski jackets: Picture Organic Clothing U18 Jacket

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Picture Organic Clothing U18 Jacket

Picture’s new collection is made with recycled sugar cane – and the U18 jacket’s fit and performance are just as sweet as its eco credentials

Specifications
RRP: $407 (US) / £307.50 (UK)
Waterproofing: 20,000mm Teflon Ecoelite PFC free durable water repellent treatment
Insulation: Coremax lining
Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL
Colors: Tan / Khaki
Compatibility: Very versatile – wear alone for warmer skiing, or with a mid layer for winter, or as a raincoat
Reasons to buy
+Innovative recycled materials+Comes with a lifetime warranty+Smart looks
Reasons to avoid
-Not insulated enough for the coldest conditions

“We make clothes from sugar,” Picture Organic Clothing proudly told the world this winter season – the brand, which has always focused on using sustainable materials in their street and snow clothing designs, has swapped fossil fuels for sugar cane waste in 60% of their 2021-2022 ski and snowboarding collection (they’re among a growing number of eco-friendly outdoor brands). 

Our pick of their designs this winter is the longer-length U18 jacket for women. Highly waterproof to 20,000mm and with taped seams, the U18 also incorporates a stretchy snow skirt, wrist gaiters and an adjustable hood. Well-placed pockets hold essentials. 

While there’s limited insulation, this does make the jacket light and freeing to wear, and it works well when worn with an insulating mid layer such as a down jacket. The U18 was also the best-looking jacket we reviewed – its smart looks and neutral shades would make it suitable even for wear to work in the winter months, so it doubles up as a go-anywhere rain jacket. 

We reckon this is well worth the investment for great functionality, great looks and a better carbon footprint, and it also comes with a lifetime repair warranty, making it a long-term investment. 

Best women’s ski jackets: DC Liberate Snowboarding Jacket

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DC Liberate Snowboarding Jacket

Reliable warmth and waterproofing meet a relaxed fit and great looks in DC’s snowboarding-ready Liberate

Specifications
RRP: $265 (US) / £200 (UK)
Waterproofing: 15,000mm H/H
Insulation: Profill
Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL
Colors: Camo / Khaki / Red
Compatibility: Perfect for snowboarding in a range of conditions
Reasons to buy
+Fully waterproofed+Comfortable to wear all day+Great looks
Reasons to avoid
-Oddly placed pockets

Look smart in the snow in DC’s fashion-forward Liberate jacket. This classy longer-length snowboarding jacket was built for days of resort cruising and is a delight to wear, with a comfortable soft lining, a relaxed, roomy fit and a brushed outer material that’s a far cry from some of the more plastic-y ski coats we tested out. 

The insulated Liberate is instantly warm once on, trapping in body heat well without being too bulky, and is waterproofed to 15,000mm, repelling even steadily falling snow. Armpit zips cool things down if you’re working hard. 

We like that there are plenty of external pockets, including a lift pass pocket and great, lined hand pockets, but the large chest and bottom pockets of the Liberate are oddly placed on the centre of the coat, and are hard to get to when the jacket’s on – they may be more of a nod to style than to function. 

Another “stealth” ski jacket that looks just as good with jeans as with salopettes, so you can wear it all winter. 

Best women’s ski jackets: OOSC 1080 Ski & Snowboard Jacket

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OOSC 1080 Ski & Snowboard Jacket

This pastel beauty of a ski jacket will turn heads – and also offers great snow proofing and a comfortable fit

Specifications
RRP: $263 (US) / £199 (UK)
Waterproofing: 10,000mm H/H
Insulation: Synthetic
Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL
Colors: Pastel Peach & Mint / Pastel Pink & Pastel Purple / Pastel Pink & Green / Leopard Print & Pastel Pink (shown)
Compatibility: Take this versatile ski jacket on your next resort holiday
Reasons to buy
+Great female-specific fit+Waterproof +Good pockets
Reasons to avoid
-Pastels may not be everyone’s cup of tea

Indie brand OOSC are best known for their bright and beautiful ski onesies in a range of retro patterns – ideal if you like to turn heads après ski. They’ve also turned their hand to ski separates, and we love the pastel colorways of the 1080 jacket

This design isn’t just about looks, though; it features a removable snow skirt, wrist gaiters, a lift pass pocket and a hefty 10,000mm of waterproofing, so it’s ready to tackle a blizzard, and wide arm vents will cool you down if the sun does come out. 

The 1080 was also one of the best women's ski jackets we tested out. It is roomy without being boxy, with a nice longer-length hem for added warmth and space to pop a mid layer underneath. There’s a good compromise between insulation and freedom of movement here, and the 1080 feels comfy to wear all day long – OOSC reckon you could wear this from “dropping cliffs to dropping jagerbombs at après ski”, and we would have to agree. 

The 1080 is made from recycled polyester, for eco brownie points. 

Best women’s ski jackets: Roxy Shelter Jacket

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Roxy Shelter Jacket

If you’re after an anorak-style ski jacket look no further than Roxy’s Shelter, which is comfortable from first to last lift in warmer weather

Specifications
RRP: $291 (US) / £220 (UK)
Waterproofing: 10,000mm H/H
Insulation: ROXY WarmFlight
Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL / XXL
Colors: Parchment / True Black / Burnt Olive / True Black Akio
Compatibility: Ideal warming outer layer for the shoulder seasons
Reasons to buy
+Warm and windproof+Made with recycled materials+Great hood
Reasons to avoid
-Not warm enough for cold winter weather-Side zip is fiddly

We do like plumping for an anorak for snow sports. Pullover coats can be warmer overall than a jacket in winter conditions, even if they’re more of a faff to get on and off, and Roxy’s Shelter was our favorite zipless design on test. 

Once snugly on, the Shelter is super-comfortable to wear, and although we found the arms on the slim side (you won’t want to wear more than a tight base layer underneath this coat), the adjustable cuffs and thumb loops help get a cosy close-fitting fit, and the longer length of the adjustable hem keeps heat trapped in and snow and wind at bay. 

The hood is great: it’s adjustable and stays put in stiff winds, and the removable faux fur trim is well-placed to add warmth and protection around your face. Wide side pockets are great for warming hands, and there’s a lift pass pocket on one arm. We like the reflective strips on this otherwise subtle jacket, which make you more visible on the pistes. 

The Shelter is lightweight and breathable, making it ideal for spring and fall weather, but has limited insulation, so it’s best saved for skiing on sunny days or in the shoulder seasons. Our only critique is that it can be fiddly to do up the side zip of the Shelter on your own. 

The best versatile snow sports jackets for women

Best women’s ski jackets: Keela Munro

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Keela Munro

A great quiver-of-one winter jacket for the mountains, the Munro is as happy hiking as it is carving up the pistes

Specifications
RRP: $265 (US) / £200 (UK)
Waterproofing: Waterproof laminate
Insulation: N/A
Sizes: S / M / L / XL / XXL
Colors: Red & Black / Moss / Black
Compatibility: For any forays into the mountains – hiking, mountaineering and skiing
Reasons to buy
+Waterproof and windproof+Breathable
Reasons to avoid
-Heavy-Not as warm as others

Keela’s Munro is the workhorse of our ski jacket roundup; this multi-use jacket means business, and it’s no surprise it’s used by Mountain Rescue teams. 

It works as a hiking jacket in spring and fall but is also ready to tackle cold conditions, so it’s ideal if you ski a few times a year but also regularly get out in the mountains on walking and mountaineering adventures. 

When you do meet snow, the jacket has an effective snow skirt, fleece-lined pockets and a packable hood. This design is also breathable enough to allow you to move fast, thanks to technology designed to reduce internal condensation and well-placed pit zips that keep you cool on sunny mountain days, or if work up a sweat. 

This jacket is on the bulky and heavy side at 1kg, but aside from a lack of packability that doesn’t matter much – it isn’t insulated, but we found it worked well worn over a warm down jacket for winter sports. A great choice for ski guides, seasonnaires and anyone who wants a winter-appropriate jacket they can rely on. Available for men too. 

The best all-in-one snow suits for women

Best women’s ski jackets: Oneskee Acclimate Jacket/Skisuit

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Oneskee Acclimate Jacket/Skisuit

Swap from all-in-one ski suit to a jacket with Oneskee’s versatile, warm and waterproof Acclimate onesie

Specifications
RRP: $435 (US) / £329 (UK)
Waterproofing: 20,000mm H/H
Insulation: Synthetic: 80gms body / 60gsm legs and arms
Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL
Colors: Black & White / Leopard / Black & Pink / Black & Yellow / Signature
Compatibility: Swap from a ski onesie to a jacket – great for changeable conditions
Reasons to buy
+Swap from a jacket to a ski onesie+Regular / long sizes available for tall women
Reasons to avoid
-The baggy fit may not suit petite skiers

Why faff with buying a ski jacket and separate salopettes when you could just whip out a onesie and go? If you fancy an all-in-one ski suit, you get cold on the snow or you just have a tendency to fall over a lot, Oneskee’s range of ski outfits could be your perfect ski partner. 

Oneskee’s female-specific Acclimate design comes in a range of colorways ranging from camouflage and leopard print to plain neutral suits, and they all feature a great hood, wide, comfortable salopette legs, plentiful well-placed pockets and are waterproofed to a hefty 20,000mm.

Want to swap to separates or wear your Oneskee with jeans for après ski? A zip around the waist means you can lose the legs when you need to. 

The Oneskee fits on the wide and baggy side, so you may need to try a few versions for size, and petite skiers could feel a bit swamped (although tall women will find the “long” sizing on offer ideal for them). 

What to look for in the best women’s ski jackets and winter jackets

The best ski jackets are very technical pieces of clothing – not to mention a sizeable investment – and there are lots of features to think about before deciding on a purchase. Following are some factors we recommend you consider.

Waterproofing

Decent waterproofing is essential for staying dry in snowstorms (or just if you take a tumble on a piste) and ski wear uses similar waterproofing techniques to the best waterproof jackets. Look for technology such as Gore-Tex waterproofing or a rating of how impermeable the jacket is – anything above 1,500mm is acceptable, but 10,000mm and above is your best bet for staying snowproof. A well-fitting, adjustable hood, adjustable cuffs and a snow skirt built in to the interior of the jacket will further help to keep the elements out. 

Roxy Shelter Jacker

Snowboarders and skiers will appreciate a jacket with insulation to keep them warm in the less active periods between the on-slope action (Image credit: Roxy)

Insulation

To insulate or not to insulate? Whether or not you pick a padded snow sports jacket depends on how you plan to use it, but we’d say that for most skiers and snowboarders an insulated jacket is the best bet, keeping you warm in the cold when you’re “stop-start’” skiing – getting on and off lifts, having a snow sports lesson and generally warming up and cooling down all day. 

We recommend choosing synthetic insulation, which still offers warmth when wet, and looking for a jacket with pit zips to help cool you down when you do build up a sweat. Non-insulated “shell” jackets are best for athletes, ski tourers, mountaineers and experienced skiers who are pushing hard in the mountains, and who can layer up underneath but who need protection with more breathability. 

Fit

Some snow sports brands do a better job at getting a female-specific fit than others, so it’s a good idea to try on a few jackets in person. Make sure your new jacket feels slim-fitting but not restrictive, and that it can be adjusted at the hem and cuffs to trap in heat. Your jacket should be roomy enough to fit a base layer and a light middle layer underneath on cold days, so you may want to choose a size up from your usual. We favor a longer length of jacket (often chosen by snowboarders) as they offer better warmth around the lower torso, and these will also suit taller women best. 

Best women’s ski jackets

The best women’s ski jackets have plenty of pockets and adjustable  (Image credit: Getty Images)

Style and features

A good snow sports jacket should feature plentiful pockets with waterproof zips, including a lift pass pocket on the sleeve and inner pockets for valuables and for your phone. We like inner sleeves with wrist gaiters (thumb holes that keep snow from getting between sleeves and gloves), a high neck you can zip up against the elements, a snow skirt (an inner layer you can do up with poppers to stay warm and dry, sometimes called a powder skirt) and a well-fitting, adjustable hood. Last but not least, we always look for jackets made at least partly with recycled materials. 

Sian Lewis

An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.