Winter 2016 started so warm, you probably know someone who barbecued on Christmas. The colder temps appear to have set in, but instead of being bummed about weather that actually feels like winter, escape your day-to-day grind and hit the slopes. In our December/January issue we told you the top spots for powder and now that more and more places are open for business, we’re helping you figure out what to pack for a ski vacation. Prepare to stay warm, dry and fashionable, even as you face-plant getting off the lift.
On the Slopes
In case you forgot or slept through Jonas, snow is cold and wet. You’re going to want to dress in layers. Sweating will only make your skin feel colder, so start with a base layer that’s moisture wicking and not made of cotton, such as Athleta’s Polartec Power Stretch 2 Tight. The expedition-weight and moisture wicking fabric will keep you warm and dry. Under Armour’s Infrared Evo Hoodie will do the same on top. You want your middle layer to insulate you, so find fleece and wool products. Made of a Polartec Power Stretch Pro fabric, the Fleece Out Jacket by lululemon is thermal but doesn’t weigh you down. The North Face’s TKA 100 Pants have a fit so relaxed and finish so luxurious you’ll be able to take a winter’s nap in them when you return from your getaway. Finish off with waterproof, breathable pieces, like the Thermoball Snow Pants and Thermoball Triclimate Parka by The North Face.
Accessorize with waterproof gloves, a cozy scarf, wool socks, a hat or helmet and sunglasses or goggles. It’s easy to forget that braving the elements includes the sun during a chilly vacation, but the rays are going to reflect off the powder and onto your face. Make sure to lather on SPF too.
In the Ski Lodge
When you’ve had enough for the day, make your way to the lodge for some soup and grown-up hot cocoa. Jeans and a long-sleeve zip up tee or sweater keep things casual and a shearling topper is an on-trend, luxe finish.
For a Fancy Dinner
For something a bit more intimate than a crowded lodge, explore the town or request a corner table at the resort’s five-star restaurant. Stay stylishly snug in a fuzzy sweater, embellished skirt and smart mules that, unlike your skyscraper heels, won’t have you repeat that cute-but-mildly-embarrassing spill from earlier in the day.