Haute Alpine Couture: Hit the slopes with gear, fashion and beauty products for winter
Haute Alpine Couture
According to meteorologists, we are about to experience one of the strongest El Nino weather patterns since 1900. So what does this mean for Vail’s upcoming winter season? Snow, snow, snow! It also means that our new super-crush, Open Snow’s meteorologist Sam Collentine, will have a lot to report on throughout the winter. With that said, Vail Mountain’s Opening Day is Nov. 20, and this alpine fashion season will be about ski and snowboard chic. Avoid looking like the quintessential Jerry of the Day or an abominable snow slider. Instead, captivate fashion-wannabes with the eye-candy trends of the season.
Getting ready for your big alpine debut begins with the brands catering to the all-mountain snow bunny and her cohorts. Built for freestyle ladies shreddin’ the gnar, the Ride OMG Snowboard Totes Your New BFF ($459.95, Christy Sports) is a new asymmetrical hybrid twin offering the max in versatility and stability. The chatter-free ride keeps you comfortable and on the hill longer, as does Ride’s proprietary Slimewall sidewall technology, which is a skate-inspired urethane that adds maximum responsiveness and durability to every board.
Combine your new board with the K2 Contour Boot ($279; Christy Sports, Buzz’s Boots & Boards) or the L.A.M.B. x Burton Ritual Snowboard Boot ($279.95, Burton). Using the brand’s top-tier tech, the K2 Contour Boot has a medium flex and “fit-on-the-fly” adjustability from its Boa Conda system, giving snowboarders the same long-lasting comfort that the K2 Women’s’ Alliance Team experiences. The L.A.M.B. x Burton Ritual Snowboard Boot offers Burton’s lightweight, pro-level freestyle performance, while at the same time being one of the brand’s softest options.
The season of backcountry is approaching, and you don’t want to be anywhere without the brand-spanking-new BCA Scepter Carbon Alum Poles ($119.95; Vail Sports). The Scepter poles are perfect for the weight-conscious backcountry skier. The unique BCA Scraper Grip allows skiers to easily push the heavy and unwanted snow off their topsheets, so energy can be conserved for the downhill fun.
As always, a bad-arse pair of goggles is worth every penny, especially when you can actually see the slopes as your cruise down. The semi-frameless K2 Source Z Goggles ($144.95; Vail Sports) are equipped with removable outriggers to achieve a best-in-class fit, regardless of a your fondness for wearing goggles under or over your helmet. The quick lens changing capabilities also make it super easy to switch lenses (two included) for fluctuating light conditions.
For post-slope fun, don’t slip and slide around Vail Village; apres like the U.S. Ski Team in a pair of waterproof Khombu Boots. When you are walking to The Red Lion to wet your whistle, the Khombu Alice Winter Boots ($75; Christy Sports) have a quick-zip front closure for easy on and off and will keep your little piggies toasty-warm with its Thermolite insulation. In addition, the fabulous faux fur cuff will give these kickers added warmth.
An essential element of any opening ski weekend is the mountaintop selfie. Relinquish the urge to smile in your Chanel sunnies, and focus your attention on looking alpine-chic and staying warm with each run.
Your base layer is key to keeping the heat and blood circulating from that first chairlift to last call. Peak Performance Footwear in Edwards swears by the CW-X StabilyX Tights ($125; Peak Performance). Perfect for all winter sports, the CW-X StabilyX Tights feature targeted joint support in the knees, hips and core for overall stability and balance, as well as WarmStretch temperature-regulation fabric to maintain a constant, comfortable surface temperature in all winter conditions. Peak Performance is offering Vail Daily readers 20 percent off their next CW-X StabilyX Tights purchase — just mention you read about it here.
The ergonomic Falke Women’s Athletic Top ($125, Gorsuch) and Falke Women’s Athletic Tights ($155, Gorsuch) also offer muscle support and compression, as well as moisture-wicking technology to keep sweat off your skin.
For mid-layer, the L.A.M.B. x Burton Natty Turtleneck ($99.95; Burton) is the right choice. Featuring Burton’s DRYRIDE Ultrawick Midweight 200, this turtleneck is quick drying and highly breathable. A bonus for your apres date: This layer is supercharged with a stink-proof finish. The Dale of Norway Frida Sweater ($299; Beaver Creek Sports, Christy Sports, Double Diamond Ski Shop, Gorsuch) is also a super-sporty mid-layer with a feminine silhouette — perfect for the slopes or tooling around town.
Once you’ve got your bases covered, find the perfect jacket to give you more than just the cool factor on the hill. The Ride Magnolia Insulated Jacket ($259.95; Christy Sports) will certainly set the trend this season, and your fashion followers will covet this waterproof and breathable outer layer. Ride’s own Strata HD 15 technology insulates this snowboard jacket with the brand’s ACT3 zonal insulation system, which works to manage your core temperature and keep you warm and cozy. Its sister jacket, the Ride Vine Jacket ($259.95; Christy’s Sports), delivers a complete package of unmatched performance, style and function. Just like the Magnolia, the Vine is waterproof and breathable but also features technology by Cocona to eliminate moisture (sweat) on the inside, so you’re dry all day long.
The ORTOVOX Mountainwear Merino Guardian Shell ($749; Tommy Bowers) and the ORTOVOX Mountainwear Merino Guardian Shell Pants ($699; Tommy Bowers) come in crush-worthy colors, but that’s not the only reason why we love them. ORTOVOX has taken hard-shell comfort to a new level by applying Merino fiber throughout the inside of the garments for a buffer effect, which makes this a comfortable and functional freeriding ensemble.
The street-savvy style of the L.A.M.B. x Burton The O.C. Insulator ($349.95; Burton) will tune out the coldest conditions with the core-hugging warmth of this avant-garde insulator. The L.A.M.B. x Burton O.C. Insulator Jacket isn’t your typical puffy — it features waterproof DRYRIDE Durashell 2L fabric with an ultra plush 650 down-fill interior, which translates to extra toastiness to get you through the coldest days of the season.
For functionality with a trendy flair, the Obermeyer Bombshell Jacket ($299.50; Performance Sports), the Obermeyer Siren Jacket with Faux Fur ($389; Performance Sports) and the Outdoor Research Placid Down Jacket ($275; Double Diamond Ski Shop) will give you style and warmth on the slopes.
Don’t let that snow-top selfie cloud your judgment when it comes to your skin. Protect it with Obagi Sun Shield Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($51.50; Vail Dermatology). The Sun Shield creates a physical sunscreen that protects skin from UVA and UVB rays, with a blend of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to moisturize, soothe and help restore the protective skin barrier.
Statement shades don’t only have to be boasted in what you’re wearing. Paint your digits in Sinful Colors’ Ice Dream ($1.99, Walgreens) or Hard Candy’s A Mermaid’s Tale ($4; Walmart) and flash them when you pull off your gloves.
With an eye for uncovering the most sought-after trends, Jennifer Geisman fuses her expertise in public relations and the beauty and fashion worlds to deliver quintessentially modern hot spots, styles and trends each month in Haute Alpine Couture. Send comments about this article to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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