Cooper Nelson, at the top of lift 8 on the backside of Purgatory.
I originally ordered that Stingray Jacket in Diablo Red for myself to test this ski season but I forgot a couple of Xs on the form so I gave it to the 17 y/o snowboarder that lives in my house. My wife swears that he is mine, I am still not sure.
Anyway, I have been a fan of this jacket since it came out years ago but never purchased one because it was too heavy for my ultra lightweight set ups. After all, it is a resort snow ski shell with a light micro fleece interior backing and powder skirt. The material they use is called N70P 3L Lo-Loft Soft Shell from Gore-Tex. It is heavier (23 ounces), quieter, and in terms of feel, right in the middle of a traditional hard shell like a Beta AR Jacket and the new soft shells such as the Gamma MX Jacket (no hood) which is what I am now using for fair weather days on the hill.
The Stingray is perfect for knocking out 15 runs a day in everything from bluebird weather on groomed corduroy to dumping storms with waist high powder…or just hanging out in the lodge looking like you do. Either way it is a very good do all performer.
You can read the full specs/features and more on the Arcteryx product page but it has a few things that I always look for in a good shell. Namely a purpose built pocket set, a stand up collar that can be zipped up all the way separate from the Drophood (helmet compatible), and pitzips for dumping heat. This one, since it is a proper ski shell, also has a Recco Reflector. Material and build quality is typical Arcteryx or excellent.
After a full season of hard use, Cooper has made no complaints which means that he likes it. A lot. When I ask him how he would rate the Stingray Jacket, he answers “good”. That is high praise and a full throated recommendation from the teenage man child that shares my last name.