Last November, we spent a week in Bavaria testing skis and had to pack light for a variety of reasons, mainly because we didn't want to haul a lot from location to location. These are the items that came back proven to be worth their weight on chairlifts, deep in the backcountry, walking around cities, and everywhere in between.
The North Face 3L Triclimate Jacket
Function is as important as form for the 3L Triclimate jacket, which utilizes the best technologies from The North Face to keep you warm and dry on the slopes. The removable insulating layer looks superb on its own, perfect for the streets of any European ski town on the way to dinner and beyond. The shell is a top-notch all-weather performer, featuring waterproof and breathable DryVent technology. Putting the shell and puffy together to stay warm when the temp drops is a snap (literally). [$450, thenorthface.com]