I recently took this shell skiing in Montana and North Carolina (yes, amazingly the snow was as good if not better in NC). In MT the jacket held up well in terms of fabric durability, warmth, and breathability. Falling on hard, icy snow, and brushing up against tree branches were common during the MT trip. It didn't tear or show any real signs of distress. The warmth performed just like the specs said. Warm with the right layers for the colder weather and just right for more aggressive movement. It breathed well for more aerobic activities, too. The NC trip saw more precipitation and the jacket beads up like a wax job. The snow didn't melt through and as it melted it kept me dry.
Really quality product! I liked the price for the performance.