With ski-area access gates opening up around the country, a new breed of apparel has been born: “sidecountry” clothing, designed for beyond-the-boundaries skiing without the all-day approach. The OR Stormbound jacket is one such piece, and I found its slight modifications well-suited for everything from a quick lap on Bradley’s to longer sessions on Saddle Peak and the North Summit Snowfield. Made specifically for cold, dry climates and built to keep a skier warm in the middle of a blizzard, this down-insulated, extra-long anorak is loaded with well-thought-out extras, from a pass-holder ring and pocket on the bottom of the coat to a built-in balaclava. The Pertex fabric keeps the coat light and compact for ease of movement without compromising warmth. Throw in all the usual features of any good winter coat—powder skirt, pit zips, detachable hood, abundant pockets, et al.—and you’ve got a solid ski jacket that will serve you well on the coldest, snowiest, and windiest of winter days. $400; outdoorresearch.com.