Ihave been wearing this jacket for 3 years now and love this jacket. I don't like hoods and this one comes off, and the material is great. This jacket perorms on the mountain and looks great around town. With the inner liner the jacket is fairly warm but you will still need a solid base layer if you are sking on the east coast in January. I bought the Salomon soft shell pants to match and would recomend you do the same.