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Cool and hot ski jackets to consider this winter

Autumn/winter 2011 sees cool ski jackets in rainbow colours. Ski wear lined with down is still in with the winning combination of style and functionality topping the collections of renowned brands.

Take your pick from the Eider Shania Snow Jacket priced at £179 or the unique print of Billabong Lilli Jacket for £70 from Two Seasons (twoseasons.co.uk).

Grab the Boulder Elite Gear for Women from Sierra Trading Post (sierratradingpost.com) that will cost you £108. Go for the floral print that's loud enough to make a fashion statement on the slopes. It has a breathable exterior fabric and an adjustable faux fur hood. Wow them with this piece that's sure to garner second looks while you're out skiing. Perfect for après ski parties as well, you won't feel underdressed in this outfit that blends urban style with performance.

While you're in the web store, don't miss out on the chic Columbia Sportswear Bugaboo Parka for £70.84. Choose from the stone bubbles or posy print that's sure to fire second looks your way.

Ever dreamt of owning a Spyder jacket? Check out Spyder (spyder.com) for a full range of their collection this season. Get a hot orange Meribel Ski Jacket that is sure to be a stopper for £256.56 from Sierra Trading Post. Very stylish with its front zipper and metal accents, this piece has all the features you're looking for such as roomy pockets, waterproof, and trendy. It's never too hot or too cold in this jacket with its patented X-tatic feature for 'temperature regulation' and odour control. It has good ventilation and is wind proof as well making it ideal for mountain living or skiing.

Don't forget to visit the Alpine Room (alpineroom.co.uk) for a peek of this year's collection from various brands. Get an Alton Hi-Tech Jacket by Scott USA for your hubby that costs £225. It is both smart and functional. For yourself, take the Jet Ski Metallic Jacket by Roxy that's worth £144.50.

Do check the kids section where you'll find appropriate winter gear for your kiddos. Get those cute Terry and Droopy sets from Poivre Blanc for your potential ski champs or wannabes. Lined with down feathers that will keep them toasting, they will be happy as larks outside in sub zero temperatures.

Spice up your winter holidays by dressing up in cool ski jackets. There's no substitute to being dressed stylishly while being warm and comfy to face the physical challenges of the seasons head on.

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