Hit the slopes in style with this pro-grade ski gear
You’ve got that epic ski adventure booked—but is your gear up to snuff for glossy St. Moritz or rugged Vail? If your at-home ski locker could use an upgrade, you’re in luck. This year, some of our favourite performance brands have turned out collections of pieces engineered to let you show off your slopeside style. Whether you plan to be barrelling down black diamonds or enjoying a lot of après without much ski, the following eight pieces—which include skis the double as pieces of art and some of the most technologically advanced jackets on the market—should be in your go bag.
Photo: Courtesy of Templa
Specialising in performance alpine and urban outerwear, Templa makes some of the most stylish snow gear out there. This 10K Nano Gloss Puffer (around $2500) is an example of what the brand does best: it will keep you warm (but not overly so) and dry on sunny days out on the slopes, and will transition easily to mountain top drinks thanks to its fashion-forward olive green hue. If you plan to head off-piste, the brand also makes a jacket that incorporates the Recco Rescue System, which can transmit life-saving information to rescue teams should you get in over your head.
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Designed as part of Moncler’s streetwear-minded Genius project, these houndstooth ski pants (around $1900) are a stylish upgrade to your basic black pair. And though they feature plenty of snow-ready tech—think water resistant cuffs and waistband and a design that shields you from the wind without causing you to overheat—we’d recommend only pulling them out for leisurely days on the slopes, as their comfortable stretch-cotton tweed fabrication handles powdery wipeouts about as gracefully as you do.
The Elder Statesman
Though there are plenty of retro alpine-inspired sweaters on shelves this season (many featuring geometric prints that would’ve looked right at home in the 1980s), the Elder Statesman’s version, available exclusively through Moda Operandi (around $2500) is one of our favourites. The cashmere style manages to blend classic mountain motifs with a 70s, surf –inspired tie-dye print that will look just as good under a weatherproof coat in Heavenly as it will styled with jeans at home.
Photo: Courtesy of Bogner
For days where it looks like a blizzard could be brewing, zip on Bogner’s Georg Ski Parka (around $1400). The style features a high-tech insulated lining and fleece-lined interior that will keep you warm and dry in heavy snowfall while maintaining its surprisingly slim shape. Its sleek zipped pockets and clean lines mean you’ll probably be tempted to crack it out during winter storms back at home, too.
Photo: Courtesy of Hestra
This season, retire your tired pair of polyester ski gloves for a supple leather pair from Hestra. The Swedish brand has been hand-making ultra-fine gloves for nearly a century, and styles like the Omi (around $190), put its artisans’ knowledge to work. The two-toned pair is made of cowhide that is thick enough to keep the water and snow out (thick knitted cuffs help), but thin enough not to restrict your movement. Translation: you won’t feel clumsy handling your ski poles, or have to take your gloves off for a quick drink before your next run.
Photo: Courtesy of Perfect Moment
Though helmets are never the sexiest part of your slope-side aesthetic, Perfect Moment’s Mountain Mission helmet (around $380) is surprisingly stylish. The slick black style—which features a double anti-penetration shell and padded, faux-shearling lined interior to keep you safe and warm—is simple enough to go with everything, but its windswept curves and graphic star motif give it a playful kick.
Photo: Courtesy of Anon
Anon has long been a go-to for goggles that combine form and function, and these M3 ski goggles (around $360) are no exception. Their Zeiss solar lens is designed to enhance colour contrast while shielding your eyes from the blinding snow, helping you see every detail as you whizz down the slopes. The lenses can be easily swapped with any other Anon style thanks to the brand’s magnetic facemask integration technology, should you need something a little bit darker for extra sunny days.
Photo: Courtesy of Bomber Ski
Though these Jean-Michel Basquait Third Eye Skis (around $3500) would look right at home hanging on the wall of your slick chalet, the pair are every bit as ready to shred the slopes. Designed by Bode Miller’s Bomber ski brand (which happens to be a sponsor of US and Canadian Olympic ski and snowboard teams), they feature a full-wooden construction that provides an excellent mix of smoothness, stability, and responsiveness, making them ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers.