Person 1: How many layers are you going to wear today?
Person 2: I don't know, how many layers are you going to wear today?
Person 3: Well, the high is only going to be about 26 today and cloudy maybe you should go with three.
Person 1: Do you think that's enough?
Enough of that, you get my drift. This is a regular debate in the mornings with the crew that I travel with on ski weekends. Well at least most of them. Me? I'm focused on how I can seamlessly blend being warm and comfortable enough in my ski gear with looking good in my après ski attire. It's a skill that requires thought and planning but for those who love their post ski shenanigans as much as the skiing itself, it's an absolute must.
What is Après Ski Clothing?
Generally speaking the post-shred scene kicks off right after the lifts stop spinning. However there are a select few après all day types who like to get their après on, significantly earlier. This essentially means that you will be rocking the insulated layers that you wore all day. Consider wearing clothes that serve a dual purpose. A fun ski sweater or an insulated technical flannel are excellent choices. I personally rock one of our All About Après t-shirts over my base layer and if I'm still a little chilly from the mountain, my zip-up mid layer or flannel on top gives me just the right amount of warmth. This way I can shed some gear when the bar heats up and the boot dancing begins.
Après Ski Clothing Should Focus on Style and Comfort
You'll want to look good during this time, but the bottom line is, your clothing needs to be comfortable. There is nothing worse than spending what could be the most fun hours of your ski day uncomfortable. Yes, I'm talking to you, ski boots. My feet need some blood flowing through them again.
Most resorts offer free bag checks these days so you can and should take advantage of that. Pack a bag with a few key items like the following. These après ski clothing essentials will keep you comfortable in the long run and are guaranteed to optimize your after hours experience.
Five Après Ski Clothing Essentials
Ski Sweater: A ski sweater is an ideal clothing item to transition from the slopes to the bar. A lot of ski clothing brands like Dale of Norway, Obermeyer and Tipsy Elves make excellent technical sweaters that also look really good and are very comfortable.
Technical Flannel: Flannels are like the tuxedos of mountain fashion landscape and technical flannels are the BMW of this category. With the ability to wick away water and keep you warm they serve as an excellent mid-layer substitute. Meanwhile their buttery soft comfort and awesome looks like my High Sierra from California Cowboy makes them an excellent choice to transition from shredding pow to drinking beers.
Fleece or Hoodie: Casual and effective, either of the two can serve as your mid-layer while skiing and riding and keep you comfortable at après. Plus if you get too warm you can shed this layer pretty easily.
T-Shirt Over Base Layer: This is my go-to-look and works really well under the aforementioned fleece or hoodie. All About Après offers a wide array of novelty tees and clothing that are comfortable and designed to spark conversation and that is what après ski is all about.
Après Ski Hat: Snapbacks and beanies are the most essential for all après ski clothing. Wearing a helmet all day can take its toll on your hair and have it going in directions you did not think was possible. This doesn't have to be a problem though. Tuck it into a beanie (like one of ours) and your helmet hair will no longer be a problem.
Après Ski Boots: Ski boots suck! So why would you spend any more time in them than you have to? As I mentioned earlier, most resorts have free baggage checks these days. Use it to store a bag with a comfortable pair of boots for when your ski day ends. Companies like Forsake and even Olukai are taking a deep dive into this category and producing an array of stylish, comfortable and functional boots for this very occasion. As much as I love a good boot dancing session, I prefer to watch others doing this as I keep my feet comfy and warm in my après ski boots.
Doyle, Katie. "Apres-Ski Attire Do's and Don'ts." ThoughtCo, Dec. 3, 2019, thoughtco.com/apres-ski-attire-3008718.