Dressing for success isn't about a brief case or a little black dress. It's
about good base layers, warm boots, and bright colors, plus
a few well coordinated après ski outfits.
Friends ask me how I dress for a ski day and apres ski,
and how to pack for a week skiing the Swiss Alps, so here are the details for
your next downhill
Ski clothing and comfort starts from the inside out. Nothing keeps you protected
like technical fabric base layers tops and leggings, in fun festive
colors. I also love Adea Italian lingerie
base layers - easy to pack, hand wash, and lightweight. Alp N Rock ski shirts are
merino wool, moisture wicking but wonderful looking, for skiing to après ski.
If the forecast is super
frigid, below 10, Alp N Rock's merino wool or a SKEA
mid layer are perfect.
I don't want to be dumb or numb, so I wear SmartWool Ski Sox, the U.S.
Ski Team’s official sock - they fit well, keep me warm, dry, and on the
balls of my feet so I am fast like Lindsey Vonn and bold like Bode Miller.
For outer layers, I love bright colored stylish SKEA ski jacket and
that pop in photos like skittles on snow, Also, bold colors stand out and
hopefully help others skiers see me and steer clear. Skea makes
gorgeous fur trimmed jackets in beautiful jewel tones, with gold and silver
accessories that look plucked from
the Swiss Alps. My frivolous alpine
accessory is a gangster belt with bling for my ski pants - fashion and
function - it keeps my pants up (not a proponent of the boxer butt pants
dragging trend) and makes me feel stylish even if it's only seen at
Smith IO Goggles or Spy are the best ski
goggles I have ever owned. The
big lens provides super peripheral and great definition in the snow from flat
light to full sun, and they look "steazy" with their reflective crystal
My Turtlefur neck warmer is my security blanket, made in
Vermont for four decades- they make Balaclavas for full face protection too. I
also recommend Skida for lighter weight stylish face
protection from wind and cold, and also sun - made in Vermont!
My hands get cold, occupational hazard when taking notes on chairlifts, so
inside my Scott leather mittens I fire up a pair of HotHands
disposable hand warmers (I have blasted through boxes of brands- these
last longest and best for me), it's my buck a day habit.
I want to be thin, so I love my Kerma Composite Ski Poles. I
don't always pole plant properly, it's a work in progress, but I try to keep my
visible, out in front - a sign of good form.
As for the best boards, see our
Top Men's Skis Review for 2017 and
Top 2015 Women's Skis Review. I have skied on 200-centimeter skinny Dynastars to my first short shaped
Atomic Betas at 155, everything from slalom, to reverse camber, even neon, and
nothing compares to my Rossignol Temptation 100s. This quiver
solver ski carves, dices moguls and plows through pow and crud thanks to the
rocker tip. The iconic Rossi rooster graphic reminds me how far I have come
since my first pair of Rossi FPs in Day-Glo green I mortgaged as a ski instructor in 1985.
My Rossignol Electra ski boots (not a brand manager for them -
just find Rossi is making quality affordable skis and boots right now) are snug
and stiff but flexible. I plug in my $19 Seirus Ski Boot Sticks
to dry my boots every night, and they're toasty warm in the morning for me.
My pocket contents: Lipbalm with SPF, Kleenex, ID and credit card, and cell phone - in
an inside pocked (batteries don't like cold).
Traveling for a few day or a ski week, I bring a few black coordinates, European and
simple. Black lycra travels seamlessly, coordinates easily, hides stains, and
helps you blend in at the best après ski parties and restaurants, when bulky
jeans don't fit the bill. Plan your outfits, pack two shirts
or light sweaters that coordinate, a t-shirt in the event its warm and sunny
and pants (or tights and a skirt for the ladies and a scarf to accessorize). Always
bring a swimsuit - can you say hot tub?
Finally, my attitude. Skiing requires that you are in the zone - mentally,
physically. Every day is different in downhill skiing depending upon conditions,
weather and your whereabouts. So I minimize the mayhem with my traditions, a
good night's sleep and decent breakfast, my lucky bracelet, stretching before
hitting the slopes, and happy self talk on the slopes.
Ski or Snowboard Boots (in a
Ski Pants for colder days, Wind Pants for the warmer days
Ski Jacket for wintry conditions, Windbreaker/Shell for warmer weather
Base Layer/Long Underwear
Two Pair of Ski Socks
Goggles and Sunglasses in their protective cases
Gloves/Mittens /Disposable Hand Warmer Packets
Pocket size sunscreen and lip balm