Season’s pass? Check. New boards? Check. Winter tires for the Subie? Check. This year’s hottest ski jacket? If you’re not feeling too confident about that last one, check out our 2015/2016 Ski Jackets Buyers’ Guide, where we've analyzed the top jackets from leading manufactures down to the very stitch.

From high performance stretch materials to innovative insulation and venting systems, this year’s jackets blend comfort with state-of-the-art features. While we saw a trend toward fluorescent colors and retro designs last year, this season you can expect a move in the direction of more natural tones: greens, rusts and aqua blues. Whether you’re a backcountry guru, resort shredder or base-area socialite, we’ve got you covered.  

Weekend Warrior—For skiers hitting their favorite ski resort(s) somewhere between 6 and upwards of 20 days per season who may or may not dabble in some hike-to/sidecountry, being comfortable & warm (but not too warm) and looking good at a reasonable price point are all priorities. 

Alpine A-Lister—Sparing no expense, these jackets are as much about looking good as they are about warm, skiing performance, for a standout style straight off the slopes and onto the après scene. 

Backcountry Skier—Optimized for serious performance during deep-powder pursuits, be it a self-propelled tour or hike-to adventure to earn turns in—but mostly out of—bounds or a descent-focused cat or heli trip where lightweight and breathable tech performance are key. 

These categories are intended as a quick reference, but many of these jackets can cross over into multiple skier types. Consult this guide throughout the season here and in the app, as your skier persona and needs evolve, and be on the lookout for some additional performance commentary for our favorite pieces.