Log cabin check. Lift pass check. Ski buddies check. Ski gear... Don’t settle for last year’s snow bashed gear or mates’ lacklustre hand-me-downs. Looking streamlined and chic, or macho and cool as you whizz down the slopes is as much part of the adventure, as the off-piste moguls and the après-ski glühwein. So make sure you invest in some seriously stylish ski duds. We have just the gear for powder encounters in Aspen, ski-lift banter in Megève and long mid-piste lunches in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
What To Wear To Ski In Switzerland
Akin to their French neighbours, the Swiss Alps are bursting with style soaked ski resorts including Gstaad, Verbier, Klosters, Zermatt and St Moritz. Switzerland is the destination for certified stylish snow bunnies and rocking a subtle and refined sophistication on and off the slopes.
Women: You can never put a boot wrong in a striking all-white ensemble. Just make sure it is immaculately clean and beautifully fitted, to avoid the ‘meringue on a mountain’ effect. Add in fur accents for an elegant finishing touch.
Men: Retro-inspired ski gear is all the rage this season, so don’t be afraid to don bold colour combos, blocks of colour and cool retro stripes, oh and of course, the good old moon boot.
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What To Wear To Ski In France
If you are bound for the oh-so-chic snowy peaks of the French Alps and your cosy log cabin awaits in Morzine, Courchevel, Val d’Isère or Megève, then equally chic alpine attire is required. Style matters.
Women: An all-black ensemble is the epitome of chic and won’t fail to fit in with the fashion-thriving French. If you can brave it, an all in one is streamlined and sophisticated. Alternatively, monochrome is equally as alluring.
Men: There is nothing more attractive on the slopes than an accomplished skier or boarder in a dash of neon. Even if you’re a newcomer to the slopes, neon yellow screams 007 appeal.
What To Wear To Ski In Italy
Italy takes a rather laidback and louche approach to hitting the slopes, focusing as much on the mid and après-ski, as it does the piste bashing itself. If Cormayeur, Sestriere or the Dolomite resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo, is calling, be sure to play it cool and effortless, yet wonderfully glam, when it comes to making an impression on the slopes.
Women: Think La Dolce Vita and go for a striking red and black combo. Keep things cool with a logo sweater and retro-esque moon boots.
Men: Grey is one of the easiest colours to pull off on the slopes and team with navy for a sharp and refined, yet totally effortless style.
What To Wear To Ski In America
America’s vast array of ski resorts might not have the classic charm of their European rivals, but they certainly have the snow, and with this comes a very laidback attitude. If you are jetting off to Deer Valley in Utah, Telluride or Beaver Creek in Colorado or Sun Valley in Idaho, make sure you have some fun with your ski style, as anything goes here.
Women: Play with colour and pattern and either go for head to toe colour blocking or opt for a colour or pattern-rich jacket and plain trousers.
Men: Use navy as your base colour and team with bright colours such as turquoise, orange or red.