First off- I don't ski or snowboard, so I can't give you an opinion about that. Second, I haven't really tried it out in the elements--so this review is just about size, color and quality, and potential issues.
I purchased it because I work outside, often late night in cold and rain, and I was looking for a down jacket. The fact that this is waterproof is a total bonus for me!
First, I'm 5'4 and 135 lbs. I was a little delusional about my 'petite' size, and ordered a small. It would have been okay--if you only ever planned to wear a light shirt underneath. But in the real world, too small. Sent back for a medium= perfect. I can wear shirt, fleece, and then this coat comfortably.
I got the blue color, and it's not shockingly blue. Not baby blue, but a couple of shades darker. Nice.
This coat is full of quality details- so much more than just a run-off-the-mill down jacket. 2 way zippers in front, pit zips (with flaps), multiple inner pockets, etc. The buttons have the colorful SB logo, as well as a more subtle one embroidered on the back right shoulder. Adds a little pizzazz in my book.
When I wear it, I feel like I'm back in the womb.
BUT--It is rather short in the back. I imagine this would be no good when wiping out in the snow (which is what I do when I snowboard..).
The hood is quite unruly--but you can remove it, you can also remove the faux fur, and keep the hood. The hood also has a bill (that can tuck away), that will be very handy for my particular situation in late-night cold drizzles.
The piece that is next to your face when you zip it up is soft and cozy, with a soft flap over the zipper--but it's white. So if any of you girls where makeup out there, it may show quite easily.
I did test the H20proof-but only at my sink, and it appeared excellent. I would be reluctant to wear it out in a deluge for hours, but it wasn't designed for that.
Anyhow, for my use, this jacket has so many things that I love, and is so comfy,that I wear it around my house. Well, my heater is broken...so I bought this just in time.