When it comes to skiing and snowboarding, no day is complete without après ski. Après ski, the cherished tradition of relaxing after an exhilarating day on the slopes, is the ultimate cherry on top of a great day. Stories are shared, friends are made and good times are had. Yet despite all of this camaraderie, it is imperative that you are wearing the right threads for the occasion.
Despite what anyone tells you, après ski calls for the perfect outfit that strikes a balance between style and comfort. And, in many cases, this differs from one ski town to another. Fear not! We are here to help guide you through the intricacies of après ski clothing and determine what outfits will make you stand out in any North American ski town.
Understanding Après Ski Attire
Before diving into the specific outfits, let's understand the essence of après ski attire. For me, it's all about transitioning seamlessly from the slopes to a social setting. That's why I created a clothing line that is cheeky and comfortable. The graphic tees and hoodies are conversation starters and will definitely get the people going. The key is to create a look that is both fashionable and functional. They keep you warm while exuding a unique sense of style.
Essential Après Ski Clothing Pieces
To curate the perfect après ski outfit, certain clothing pieces are essential. Here are some must-haves:
- Flannels, T-Shirts and Hoodies - When all else fails, having these three items in your toolbelt works just fine. Ski towns are generally not that fancy, especially when going right from the trails to the bar. Wearing a T-shirt over your baselayer works really well in these situations. And having your flannel or a hoodie as your mid-layer comes in quite handy if you still want a few layers on to warm up from the mountain.
- Après ski Sweaters: When your time on the mountain ends, it is all about embracing comfort and warmth. A fun sweater goes a long way. For the ladies, chunky knit cardigans, or cable-knit pullovers can be easily paired with a pair of leggings or jeans. Meanwhile, for the fellas, rock your sweater with a nice pair of jeans and you'll fit in just fine.
- Stylish Pants or Leggings: Staying in your ski pants is perfectly acceptable especially if they are cool and comfortable. There is no reason to change prior to heading out to the bar after the mountain. However, when transitioning from those initial après hours to dinner at a restaurant, it might be best to throw on a different pair of pants. Look for stylish options complemented by trendy designs like slim-fit or bootcut styles.
- Accessorize with Hats, Scarves, and Gloves: Complete your après ski outfit with stylish accessories. Never underestimate the power of good headwear. Opt for a warm beanie, a stylish baseball hat or a knitted headband. And, although not my style, a chunky scarf, and gloves provide the warmth and style you will need to complete the outfit.
The Perfect Après Ski Outfit for These Popular North American Ski Towns
Now that we have the necessities dialed in, it's time to look at how it all fits in at ski towns across North America. Sure, a flannel and jeans will work no matter where you are, however, it is always nice to spruce it up a bit based on location. With that in mind, let's explore the unique fashion trends that are popular in these North American ski towns:
a. Aspen, Colorado - Refined Elegance: Despite what Dexter and TJ dressed in, Aspen boasts a sophisticated post-mountain scene. When visiting a little place called Aspen, it would be wise to embrace your inner Bogner and rock some designer knitwear, fur-trimmed parkas, and sleek ski pants. Accessorize with statement jewelry and fashionable sunglasses to ensure your fit is as elevated as the mountains.
b. Whistler, Canada - Casual Cool: In Whistler, a laid-back and casual approach is the norm. Time to bust out your best flannel shirt, puffer jacket, and denim jeans. Cover up your helmet hair with a stylish beanie or a trucker hat for a touch of Canadian coolness, eh.
c. Jackson Hole, Wyoming - Rugged Western Charm: Embrace the charm of the Wild West when visiting Jackson Hole. There, après ski fashion reflects the rugged Western charm that the town is known for. Flannel shirts, denim jackets, and cowboy-inspired boots will have you looking and feeling like Robert Redford in Jeremiah Johnson. If you want to go the distance (and you should when partying at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar) add a stylish leather belt and a Cowboy hat for a little more Western flair.
d. Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada - Mountain Casual: Lake Tahoe is the epitome of mountain casual. Flannels, sweaters, insulated vests and comfortable leggings or jeans are excellent choices. Just know that layering is the key to success. Temperatures there can really fluctuate and being able to take clothes off and on is important. Whatever you do, don't forget to top it off with a warm beanie or a stylish hat to tie your whole outfit together.
Adapt to Your Surroundings But Make It Your Own
Après ski attire is an integral part of the ski town experience. By choosing your outfit wisely you'll be able to both express your style and enjoy the post-ski atmosphere. Choose clothing pieces that combine fashion with functionality, and adapt your outfit to the unique fashion trends of the North American ski town you're visiting.
Whether you're basking in the refined elegance of Aspen, embracing the casual coolness of Whistler, immersing yourself in the Western charm of Jackson Hole, or embracing the mountain casual vibe of Lake Tahoe, your après ski outfit will make a statement and ensure you're ready to relax in style after an unforgettable day on the slopes.
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