My advice would be to go to a few ski shops, find a couple shells you like that aren't outrageously priced, and then go online and search for a good deal on one of them. I got a Marmot hardshell last year (can't remember the model but I don't think they make the same one anymore) for $115. Actually, I didn't even go online for it. I found it in the clearance rack at a shop. If you buy from a major name like Arc'teryx, Marmot, Spyder, Phenix, Mountain Hardwear, etc. you can't really go wrong.