Skiers and snowboarders need a shell jacket to protect them from the elements, without causing them to overheat. Whether it's skiing within the resort on soft spring snow or hiking out in the backcountry, a shell jacket can provide comfort when it's not bone chilling cold outside. Here are two women's choices for shell jackets:

1. OUTDOOR RESEARCH IGNEO JACKET

$295

The Igneo Jacket™ is perfect for enduring extremely cold weather conditions for sidecountry and backcountry skiers. It provides warmth, yet is breathable and vented to provide an escape route for rising body heat when hiking outside the resort.

2. MARMOT FREERIDER

$450

The Women's Freerider Jacket from Marmot is perfect for the big mountain skier who lives for steep lines and deep powder. This jacket is fully equipped with storm essentials such as an attached helmet-compatible Storm Hood, tons of pocket space, zip-off powder skirt and HD brushed tricot collar with shoulder lining.