I'm a newbie at skiing, but this is a great jacket for being out there in the snow. It's got pockets in all the right places, and I love the extra warmth from the extended inner sleeves with thumbholes (keeps the snow out too). I am a huge fan of Marmot's Angel Wings design for arm movement -- this jacket is no exception. Great big hood fits over a helmet nicely. I love, love, love that Marmot makes a small that is genuinely small. (I'm 5' on a good day.)Bonus is that it looks awesome too.