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Winter is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about kit. Top of your list should be a ski jacket, and whether you’re a fan of duvet-like, down-filled jackets or lightweight garments which can be stashed in your backpack when the mercury rises, we’ve got the best options when it comes to that all-important outer layer. Winter, do your worst….

Best women's ski jackets

Best Women's Ski Jackets of 2023-2024

Animal Blizzard Women’s Ski Jacket

Animal Blizzard jacket

Best women's ski jacket for: Fans of durability

RRP £104.99

This ski jacket feels incredibly tough, but still somehow lightweight. It’s clearly been designed by people who know their stuff when it comes to jackets, because it scores highly in the practicality stakes too, with pockets which are well-placed and easy to unzip (tiny zip pulls are our pet hate). It might not be the most hi-tech ski jacket but the Blizzard ticks all the boxes, keeping you warm, dry and safe thanks to a helmet-compatible hood, Recco reflectors and a snow skirt. We’re huge fans of the jacket’s water-resistant PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Luxe, which is made from post-consumer recycled fibres.

Verdict: A great ski and snowboard jacket packed with features associated with more expensive garments.

Overall rating: 8/10

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Salomon Moon Patrol Gore-Tex Jacket

Salomon Moon Patrol gore-tex jacket - front view

Best women’s ski jacket for skiers with cash to splash

RRP £500

Love a bit of colour blocking? You’re in the right place. Salomon’s newest jacket combines bright, bold chunks of colour with elegant tailoring and a rugged design guaranteed to keep you warm and dry, no matter how hard it’s snowing, sleeting or raining. The three-layer GORE-TEX is one of the major players with this jacket, thanks to the material’s ability to offer all-weather protection without compromising breathability. Jackets which offer this level of protection often score badly when it comes to freedom of movement, but this isn’t the case with the Moon Patrol jacket, thanks to Salomon’s Motion Fit design, which references the way in which the jacket has been shaped to allow room for movement where you need it most.

We also love the tactical supersizing – more specifically the high neck area, the large handwarmer pockets, which have more than enough room for piste maps, energy bars and a mobile phone, and the jacket’s slightly longer profile, which minimises the risk of the dreaded numb bum scenario if you take some time out by the side of the piste.

Verdict: A gorgeous ski jacket packed with technical features.

Overall rating: 8/10

Buy Salomon Moon Patrol Gore-Tex Jacket: £500 at

Mountain Warehouse Dawn II Womens Printed Ski Jacket

Dawn II Women's Printed Ski Jacket - Mountain Warehouse

Best women’s ski jacket for: Skiers on a budget

RRP £89.99

We’ve got slightly tired of the same old designs on ski jackets – more specifically camo, stripes and animal-prints (we’d be perfectly happy never to see a leopard-print ski jacket again, to be honest). That said, we’re still partial to explosions of colour, and Mountain Warehouse’s Dawn II jacket had us at hello. 

But don’t assume that the focus has purely been on appearances – for a jacket which costs under £90, this jacket is packed to the brim with fantastic technical features. These include the use of snow-proof fabric treated with a water-repellent finish, a snow-skirt fixed to the jacket (minimising the risk of pesky press studs coming undone mid-descent), an incredibly soft, cloud-like lining on the interior and a hood, hem and cuffs which are refreshingly easy to adjust.

Verdict: A wallet-friendly jacket with a fabulously flattering profile.

Overall rating: 9/10

Buy Dawn II Women's Printed Ski Jacket: £54.99 at Amazon

Montane Women's Resolve XT Hooded Down Jacket

Montane Women's Resolve XT Hooded Down Jacket

Best women’s ski jacket for: Unbeatable temperature regulation

RRP £350

Montane is a brand known for top quality technical gear, but it’s also known for brilliant value for money. Yes, £350 is a lot for a jacket, but garments with the type of hi-tech features you’ll find in the Resolve XT rarely come with price tags of under £400.  Gore-tex Labs’ 30D fabric is wind, water and snow-proof, while the Hyperdry® 750 Fill Power RDS-approved duck down hits the holy grail of being lightweight and warm without impeding movement. The best bit? This particular type of down is fantastic when it comes to air transfer – it doesn’t stick together when damp and is a brilliant temperature regulator.

This jacket is also, quite simply, a joy to wear, with a brushed tricot inner collar, elasticated cuffs which seem to have an almost telepathic ability to embrace wrists of all shapes and sizes, and an adjustable hood which fits closely around the head, but somehow still feels comfortable.

Verdict: An incredibly high tech jacket with plenty of insulation 

Overall rating: 10/10

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Buy Montane Women's Resolve XT Hooded Down Jacket: £350 at Amazon

Colmar Puffy Parka Ski Jacket 

Colmar Women's Ski Puffy Cut Out

Best women’s ski jacket for: A tailored look

RRP £337.30

We’ll admit it. There was a time when we’d turn and run for the hills the second we saw a jacket with this level of tailoring, writing it off as more suitable to skiers who spend more time uploading slope-side selfies to their Insta than doing any actual skiing. But skiers who do will be doing this jacket a major injustice, because there’s little the Resolve XT can’t cope with. Generous use of material in key areas such as the wrists and neck (it’s got one of the highest collars we’ve come across) provide unbeatable warmth, while pillow-like padding offers a refreshing alternative to the scratchy fabric often used in these areas – stiff collars and scourer-like Velcro patches are never going to be things we want close to our skin, after all. 

For extra water-repelling capabilities, the fabric has been treated with Teflon EcoElite, while the large pockets – one of which has a built-in lens cloth for sunglasses and goggles – will ensure you stay warm and dry, regardless of what the weather’s doing.

Verdict: One of the most stylish ski jackets you’ll see on the slopes this year 

Overall rating: 9/10

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Tog24 Blue Cinder Women’s Ski Jacket

Tog24 Blue Cinder Jacket

Best women's ski jacket for: Eco-warriors who want to stay warm on the slopes

RRP £120

First up, we love the look of this jacket. Cheaper ski jackets often look, well, cheap, but this isn’t the case with the Tog24 Blue Cinder, with its gorgeous combo of colour blocking and polka dots. The cut achieves that rare feat of being fitted in all the right places while still offering plenty of room to move (the detachable hood slips easily over helmets) and the eco-friendly filling - made from recycled plastic bottles – offers fantastic heat retention. But with this ski jacket, it’s the little things which impressed us the most, including the abundance of pockets, the super-stretchy cuffs (complete with thumbholes) and the snow skirt, which has a gel print on the edge for easy grip.

Verdict A surprisingly hi-tech ski jacket (we love the fact it’s been made with recycled plastic bottles) with a wonderfully low price point.

Overall rating: 8/10

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Helly Hansen St. Moritz Insulated Women’s Ski Jacket

Helly Hansen St Moritz jacket

Best women's ski jacket for: Style-conscious skiers and snowboarders

RRP £420

This fabulous St Moritz ski jacket was designed in conjunction with the Norwegian ski team. No, this won’t help you to ski any faster, but we can guarantee it will keep you warm and dry on the chilliest of days. But that’s not all – Helly Hansen’s breathable Lifa Infinity tech (a chemical-free membrane) keeps even the tiniest droplet of moisture at bay, without the risk of overheating – even when the sun’s blazing, this breathable layer will ensure you stay cool. An additional PFC-free DWR (durable water repellent) treatment makes the St Moritz jacket ideal for wet-weather days, and we’re loving the combination of a high collar (nobody likes a cold neck, after all) and the double-whammy of Primaloft Gold Cross Core insulation and Thermoplume Cross Core insulation.

Verdict: This is another ski jacket with a high price tag, but we’re going to put it out there: it’s worth every penny, thanks to a generous slew of features such as the H2FLOW system, PFC-free DWR treatment and PrimaLoft insulation.

Overall rating: 10/10

Buy Helly Hansen St. Moritz Insulated Women’s Ski Jacket: £750 at Helly Hansen

Burton Pyne 2L Women’s Ski Jacket

Burton Pyne Jacket

Best women's ski jacket for: Skiers and snowboarders looking for a technical shell jacket

RRP £224

Here at Snow Magazine, we’re always weary of some of the bigger brands’ tendencies to rest on their laurels and let complacency slip in. Luckily, that’s clearly not the case at Burton, where this season’s new offerings include this slice of stylish winter wear. Although it’s a shell ski jacket, the loose mesh and taffeta lining of the Pyne adds a touch of warmth – we’d be quite happy wearing this with just a base layer underneath. It’s another jacket with plenty of storage, including zippered hand-warmer pockets, a zippered chest pocket, interior mesh dump pockets, and a therma-pocket which is basically, a pocket with an extra lining to keep your gadgets going for longer.

Verdict: This is one of the best shell jackets we’ve come across – it’s unusual to find such a lightweight ski jacket packed with so many features.

Overall rating: 10/10

Buy Burton Pyne 2L Women’s Ski Jacket: £200 at

Decathlon SNB 100 Pink Women’s Snowboard Jacket

Decathlon SNB 100 Jacket

Best women's ski jacket for: Slope style queens

RRP £79.99

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to stand out on the slopes, but all too often the ski jackets which come top in the style stakes often fall short when it comes to quality. Not so with Decathlon’s SNB 100 jacket, which doesn’t just offer fantastic value for money but a tailored fit with water-resisting taped seams, shiver-busting toastiness courtesy of recycled filling and fantastic ease of use – both the hood and cuffs are easy to adjust even with gloved, cold hands. Don’t get us wrong – this ski jacket doesn’t have the bells and whistles you’ll find on garments with more wince-inducing price tags, but it does exactly what it says on the tin – it will keep you warm, dry and comfortable, all without breaking the bank.

Verdict: A brilliant ski jacket which combines breathability and heat retention without compromising freedom of movement

Overall rating: 9/10

Buy Decathlon SNB 100 Pink Women’s Snowboard Jacket: £79.99 at Decathlon

Roxy Snowstars Insulated Women's Ski Jacket

Roxy Snowstars jacket

Best women's ski jacket for: Shredding superheroes

RRP £74.99

We love jackets like this – ones which are somehow lightweight but have a pillow-like thickness which you know will keep icy winds and unexpected slow flurries at bay. Key to its cosiness is Roxy’s DryFlight technology and a silky soft lightweight polyester taffeta lining, along with other features such as the draught and damp-reducing Roxy HydroSmart technology which has been integrated into the collar and Roxy’s trusty WarmFlight Eco insulation. Oh and we’re loving the supersized pockets, too.

Verdict: This gorgeous ski jacket feels deceptively bulky, but a precision-engineered fit makes it a joy to wear

Overall rating: 9/10

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