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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Q: Can you recommend a warm and cute ski jacket?

Can you recommend a warm, but cute ski jacket for my next trip to Aspen? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Lucky for you, warm and cute ski jackets are not in short supply. Here are three of my favorites for this season:

Mountain Hardwear’s Tuf Gene Jacket ($175) has just enough Western styling to make you feel like a maverick on skis. With an insulated fleece lining that feels like fur, a hood you can snap in place below your chin (so it doesn’t flap around annoyingly), two front patch pockets, and a slightly high-waisted fit, the jacket feels feminine but still rugged. It’s not the most technical piece of clothing Mountain Hardwear makes, but it’ll keep you plenty toasty on a 20-degree day.

Cloudveil’s Women’s Hoback jacket ($495) is so bomber that I wore it backcountry cat skiing in Aspen last February. The Gore-Tex shell kept out the snow, while the Primaloft insulation kept me cozy. Plus, it’s got all the technical essentials—pit zips, a zip-out powder skirt, and a zip-off hood—for a long day on the slopes in less-than-bluebird weather.

Looking for something that’s as fashionable as it is functional? Kjus’s Ladies’ Prime jacket ($1,690 kjus.com) may blow your budget, but you’ll look like a Bond girl. The sleek black parka with foil details is made out of 800 fill down and four-way stretch fabric. It’s got Aspen written all over it.

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