Ski or snow season is in full swing, and President’s Day weekend here in the states is a big weekend for ski trips. From Gstaad and Chamonix to Aspen or your local mountain resort, it is all about looking stylish on the slopes as well as when you kick back after the day for après-ski. I think après-ski is everyone’s favorite because you can enjoy it whether you are the advanced skier doing double black diamond runs or the novice that sat at the bottom of the mountain waiting for your friends to finish. It is a time to come together and enjoy the beautiful mountainous settings, snow, and company of friends and family.
When I was staying in Aspen, it was all about the après-ski scene. Some of the more upscale and posh ski resorts in the French Alps such as Courchevel and Megeve to Aspen in Colorado host fun parties on the mountain slopes by the likes of Veuve Cliquot and Moet Champagne. With cold temperatures, après-ski style is all about layering as well as style and functionality. Think about pieces that will not only fit the après-ski lifestyle, but ones that will also keep you warm!
Think warmth first and foremost when you are packing for your ski excursion. My five essentials for après-ski are a great down jacket, hiker boots, lined pants, ribbed sweater, and a warm trapper hat. For outerwear, consider Moncler Grenoble. The pieces are quite expensive, however, they are well made and truly functional. The brand, after all, is all about the luxurious ski lifestyle so you will be sure to turn heads in any of their pieces. Layer a warm, ribbed sweater under your jacket for added texture. I personally think for après-ski, the chunkier the better. I recommended the 5 must-have shoe styles for men for fall of 2015, and this winter, the hiker boot will be your best friend for all your winter excursion. You can spend close to $1,000 for handmade pairs, but you can also find great hiker boots for less. They are functional, and embody the outdoor aesthetic for the après-ski setting. Be sure to bring a pair of flannel pants or lined chinos to keep you warm on the bottom while you are sipping champagne on the mountainside, and finally complete your look with a great trapper hat for a true alpine feel. Below is some inspiration of great pieces to get you thinking about your next après-ski look.
Quilted Down Jacket- Moncler Grenoble
Hiker Boot- Cole Haan
Ribbed Sweater- A.P.C
Lined Chino- LL Bean
Trapper Hat- Crown Cap
Some of the Best Rated Après-Ski Scenes Around the World:
Val d’sere, France
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Deer Valley, UT
Post by Wes Holland
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