Definitely looks dope, and it is a big jacket, I'm 6'4" 235 and an XL fits me w/ some room to spare.
I was at Sugarloaf and it was around -5 all day with the wind and that was the only time I've ever actually worn the jacket with the vest. It did the trick no prob. That being said, unless it's ungodly cold, come to terms with the fact that you'll almost never rock the vest, at least I never do.
Never had it in any blower powder like you West-Coasters, so I can't speak to how it does in that, but on gnarly, awful East coast ice and in bitter cold this jacket has been great for me.
The construction of the jacket is solid, not mind-blowing, but good, and that was my biggest concern, given that it's a nike product and I tend to doubt the quality of anything made by a corporate conglomerate.
Overall, I'd recommend the Vernon, especially if you're a big dude or you like the baggy look.