WORDS BY SOPHIE HENDERSON, ADDITIONAL WORDS BY APRIL HOLLAMBY
Longing for the smell of alpine air? Craving that mountain rush? Counting down the days until you can hit the slopes (and the all-important après ski bar)? As winter sports aficionados know, skiing requires a full checklist of equipment — and many layers of padding — so ahead of your next trip to the pistes, we’ve created the ultimate guide to upgrade your high-tech arsenal. If you’re unsure of what the best ski outfit consists of, what the best skiwear brands are and the key ski accessories for now, explore the latest styles of the season here, from Rossignol, Perfect Moment and more.
The Base Layer
Performance tops and jackets are a great way to embrace personal style, even in the coolest of climes. Look to vintage-inspired graphics and colour-block styles from Perfect Moment, MISBHV, Bogner and more.
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 technical lenses from Oakley, go contemporary with colour gradient frames from Rossignol, or mirrored lenses from Fusalp.
The Ski Jacket
For on or off the slopes, a ski jacket is well worth the investment. Cordova and Bogner offer high-octane puffer styles and graphic prints, while Fusalp and Perfect Moment’s new-season styles offer more classic colorways, pared-back logo designs and heritage check prints. Either way, you won’t go unnoticed on your triumphant descent.
The Ski and Snow Pants
Snow pants can be classified into two categories: practical and fashion-focused. Performance-driven pieces from the likes of Perfect Moment or The North Face offer slick designs with bold or fluorescent panelling and Gore Tex fabrics, while Fendi and Balmain offer stylish options with their iconic monogram prints.
The Snow Boots
Another essential ski purchase, you’ll need snow boots to explore the resort, during and after your session on the slopes. Update your après look with a pair of Posh snow boots from Goldbergh, or if you’re looking for a classic style with a contemporary twist, Rossignol and MoonBoot are your fail-safe brands.
The Ski Accessories
Fight off the rigours of winter with a pair of logo patch gloves from Chloé X Fusalp and a tie-dye balaclava from Holden for a pop of colour among the layers. Finish with the Piuma R Shadow ski helmet from KASK and you’re good to go — all you need is your lift pass.