Picking out the right ski or snowboard jacket goes far beyond a simple choice of fashion. As your first line of defense against the elements, selecting the right jacket can go a long way to being warm and comfortable on the slopes.
It can be a real challenge to appropriately dress for activities in the Pacific Northwest, in the span of an hour you can experience warm rainy conditions at the base to howling icy winds in the alpine. Instead of playing jacket roulette the next time you’re in the market for new outerwear, have a read of our list of some of our go-to jackets for braving Whistler weather.
OUR MOST WEATHERPROOF
Arc’teryx Sabre Jacket
It’s no coincidence you see lift-lines full of this jacket in Whistler. A go-to when things get wet and wild, nothing gets through this jacket.
Though lightweight and mobile, this jacket also does an incredible job of keeping your heat in with a brushed nylon liner. The inbuilt snowskirt -an absolute staple in a snowsports jacket- keeps the cold stuff out. An all-round locals’ favourite.
For those who are always cold, look no further. The Arcteryx Firebee is the ultimate down parka for those who need a packable, lightweight parka.
The Firebee is loaded with down, windproof, and water resistant to keep you the perfect temperate when the thermometer drops.
OUR MOST VERSATILE
ARC’TERYX ATOM JACKET
Worn everywhere from mountaintops to boardrooms, the Atom jacket has become an essential element of any outdoor-person’s wardrobe.
Its light weight and packability make it easy to throw into your pack to use when a cold wind rolls in. This jacket will keep you warm when you need it and lets the heat and moisture out when you don’t, making it the ideal companion on any adventure.
OUR MOST DURABLE
Black Diamond Mission Shell
Ripping groomers, powder hunting, or ski touring, this is the one jacket to rule them all.
Made with a durable 70D nylon face fabric and a 3L Goretex construction, this jacket can handle whatever you throw at it. If your mission is 100-day seasons and bell-to-bell days, this is the jacket for you.
OUR MOST COMFORTABLE
Mountain Hardwear StretchDown DS Hoody
The groundbreaking construction makes the Stretchdown Hoody our most comfortable down jacket yet.
The stretch-welded channels hold in warmth, while the stretchy knit fabric beats other down jacket’s notoriously constrictive materials. Mountain Hardwear’s DWR coating also repels moisture, making it it ideal for the Sea to Sky climate.