The Snow Report
There’s so much more to a covetable snowboard jacket than just good looks—although that’s definitely part of it. For me, it has to be lightweight for all-day comfort, insulated correctly for the conditions I ride most, the right length to shield snow from going down my pants, and have a flattering cut in the waist (lest I look like a boy under my helmet and goggles). With over 16 years of snowboarding under my belt, I’ve definitely cycled through a few I’ve loved (and still hoard, much to my husband’s dismay) and a few that have stopped working for me over time (too boxy, too bulky, too hard to match to my pants). Luckily, I have had the opportunity to take over a dozen jackets out so far this season—from Lake Tahoe to Aspen to my hometown hill, Ski Santa Fe—to see which I like best. Here are my top four picks.