Whether you stick to the green runs or are a more adventurous skier tackling black slopes and off-piste terrain, we round up the best jackets to hit the snow for the 2013/14 season.
From Columbia's versatile Alpine Action jacket to Helly Hanson's top-of-the-range and chic women's Sunrise coat, we pick the best performing and best-looking outerwear available. Some of these clever coats will be just as useful back in the UK for cold and windy days.
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The 10 best ski jackets
The 10 best ski jackets
1/10 Eider Women’s Cosmic Jacket, £288
The insulation on this quality jacket from the French brand is lightweight enough so you’re very flexible on the slopes and the breathable fabric will keep you warm and cool in the right places. The fastenings over the front zip help keep it completely watertight.
2/10 Berghaus Mount Asgard Hybrid Jacket, £149.99
This comfy padded jacket will keep you warm in the coldest conditions and there’s extra protection from changeable weather with the adjustable hood (it’s fixed so you won’t lose it when you’re whizzing down the piste).
3/10 The North Face Furano Men’s Jacket, £360
This is a go-to jacket for those colder mountain days, it’s got some serious insulation but is breathable and flexible. The attached handwarmers will help keep you toasty too.
4/10 Helly Hansen W Sunrise Jacket, £650
The price-tag is eye-watering, but there’s no denying this is a stylish, technical jacket. It’s waterproof and well-insulated but Helly Hansen’s clever vent system will make sure you keep cool when the sun comes out. The hood’s detachable if faux fur’s not your thing.
5/10 Columbia Men’s Alpine Action Jacket, £109
This reasonably priced jacket is waterproof and breathable, with insulation that will keep you warm when temperatures plummet. It’s light enough and not too technical-looking, making it an ideal everyday coat.
6/10 Jack Wolfskin Vertical Outburst, £400
This is really two jackets in one; a waterproof, wind-proof and breathable shell jacket and a lightweight down inner coat to attach on colder days. You combine the jackets using snap fasteners. The shell’s a useful cover-up for wet and blustery UK days too.
7/10 Zalando Spyder Timeless Hoody Women’s Jacket, £650
This 100 per cent down-fitted jacket is as toasty as it looks and it zips up high to keep your chin warm on chilly lifts. If you accidentally spill your chocolat chaud (or glühwein) down your front, you can pop it in the washing machine at 30C. Also available in a snazzy bright green and blue combo.
8/10 Patagonia Men’s Nano Puff Hybrid Jacket, £170
A combination of puffer jacket and fleece, this bright, compact coat will keep you warm in all the right places. The stretchy fleece sides and underarms means it’s flexible for energetic skiiers. Wear as a midlayer with a shell on top or on its own on milder outings
9/10 Salomon Women’s Pic Down Jacket, £280
Down jackets are in vogue for this year’s ski season and this brilliant white one is chic enough to wear both and on and off the slopes. It’s got everything you need to keep you warm and the faux fur trim and hood are removable for sunny days.
10/10 Arc’teryx Side winder SV, £500
The ski professionals’ brand of choice, this breathable shell jacket is ideal for anyone tackling off-piste and backcountry terrain or heading into deep powder. The signature diagonal front zip helps it stay watertight and strategically placed pockets keep excess kit safe.
You can't beat the Columbia coat when it comes to value and it's one that you can wear just as comfortably back in Blighty without looking too piste-ready. Eider's Women's Cosmic Jacket is an impressive technical jacket for serious skiers and Spyder's Timeless Hoody Women’s jacket is a winner in the style stakes.
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