WORDS BY SOPHIE HENDERSON
From Aspen to Andorra, there’s nothing quite like that crisp snow crunching underfoot as you breathe in the alpine air. You crave that mountain rush, and you’re counting down the days until your ultimate exhilaration on the slopes (don’t forget the all-important Après ski bar). Like all winter sports’ aficionados, you’re anxiously awaiting the snow forecast. Put those worries to one side, dust off your ski equipment and get ready to pack.
Finding the best skiwear for a trip to the mountains is never an easy task. Ticking off the technical skiing checklist and staying as warm as possible are all part of the in-depth thought process — but who doesn’t want to look stylish while schlussing?
With all those layers of padding, we’ll run you through our packing list for the 2020 ski season. Winter sports require more equipment than a run in the park, and we’ve created an edit to help renew your worn-out ski pants, or upgrade your snow jacket. We’ve got off-beat ideas for the current season and inventive ways to give your basics an updated spin.
Remember — wearing bright or fluorescent colours is not only acceptable, but recommended for your safety. Our best skiwear brands offer bright ideas and our designer styles won’t let you down.
The Base Layer
There’s nothing quite like natural fibres to maintain your body temperature. Clearly, ski jumpers are also a great way to embrace your personal style. Go retro-crazy in the coolest of climes, with vintage-inspired graphics and colour block styles. Perfect Moment are all about the typographic motifs, while Sweaty Betty base-layers will help you to stick around in style. You won’t want to zip up.
The Ski Goggles
Perhaps the most important purchase when it comes to skiing — never underestimate the solar radiation, the altitude, or the refractive whiteness of the snow. Opt for foolproof performance lenses such as Oakley’s classic design. Update your look with a contemporary colour gradient or choose a visor-model. We love Vuarnet’s matte black appeal.
The Ski and Snow Pants
The options are endless, but snow pants can be classified into two categories: practical and fashion-focused. On the one hand, performance-driven pieces from the likes of Burton AK are more than practical. They offer fluorescent detailing, forest-green colourways and Goretex styles.
If you’re looking for something a little more fashion-inspired, why not bring the street to the slopes? Choose preppy-inspired, Prince of Wales check snow pants from Moncler Grenoble, or look to Dsquared2 for branded overall straps.
The Snow Boots
Yet another essential ski purchase. You’ll need snow boots to explore the resort, and to enjoy everything that happens before and after your session on the slopes. Renew your après-look with a pair of Yeti denim snow boots from Dsquared2 — they definitely tick the comfort box. If you’re looking for tradition, snow boots from Rossignol are classic with a contemporary twist, and the same can be said for MoonBoot designs for women. Even better, you’ll be able to re-wear them across winter.
The Ski Jacket
To wear on or off the slopes, a ski jacket is well worth the investment. Colamar ski jackets for women will have you blending into the sunset with their gradient designs, while Prada for men have gone full cloud-like padding with their iconic Linea Rossa collection. Choose a statement camo ski jacket from Aztech Mountain — you won’t go unnoticed on your triumphant decline.
The Ski Accessories
They might say ‘cold hands, warm heart’, but our selection of gloves is here to offer a double-insulating layer of love. Fight off the rigors of winter with a pair from Burton AK, featuring a zipper on the wrist (making it much easier to grab that Bailey’s hot chocolate). Fendi’s front embossed logo gloves bring sleek Italian design to the slopes, while Rossignol pom pom hats offer a kitschy appeal. Now all you need is a lift pass.