Skiing is not only super fun and exhilarating, but also an amazing total body workout. In fact, did you know that you could burn up to 346 calories per hour while skiing? Ski for a few hours and you have yourself one killer workout. And to reward yourself after a long day on the slopes, what could be better than hitting the lodge and relaxing by a fire with a warm hot toddy in hand? I can’t think of a more perfect day! Well, maybe an 80-degree day spent on a white sand beach, but it’s winter here in NYC so let’s celebrate with what Mother Nature is currently giving us. With ski season in full swing, I decided to check out some of the best ski gear with practicality, form, function and of course, style. Here are my favorite picks to keep you warm, and take you from the slopes to the lodge in high fashion.
Roxy Dazed 2L Gore-Tex Jacket: If you’re looking to stand out on the slopes, this jacket is for you. With the eye catching watercolor print, there’s no way you could get lost from your ski group, plus this jacket is incredibly warm! It offers the protection of Gore-Tex coating and the plush warmth of down proof taffeta lining with 500 fill power. Plus it has all these great little extra features that come in hand like finger warming tuck away, lift pass holder, key clip and more. Price $399.95.
Roxy Backyard Pants: These snow pants come in a variety of colors, but if you can’t tell by now I like things that stick out, so this neon green shade is right up my alley. They pair perfectly with the Roxy Dazed 2L Gore-Tex Jacket and feature twill interior that will keep skiers and snowboarders nice and toasty. Price $119.95.
Roxy Mouna Solid Glove: Add an additional pop of color to your ski outfit with these mittens in Hot Coral. They feature Quiktech 3 insulation for all-day warmth and Hydro-tex waterproof insert so hands will stay warm and dry all day long. Price $39.95.
Vimmia Life Force Jacket and Abstract Leggings: This jacket and legging combo from Vimmia is the perfect layering combo. Wear it under your ski gear for warmth, and then show it off later at the lodge. The jacket features a soft funnel collar that can be worn down or zipped up to keep your neck cozy, and the 4-way stretch fabric is ideal for high body movement so it won’t hold you back. The leggings feature the same stylish print and material. Price $164 for jacket and $104 for leggings.
Patagonia Women’s Capilene® 4 Pro Zip-Neck: Polygiene has partnered with Patagonia on their Capilene line to create this incredible base layer that’s perfect for skiing, touring the backcountry, hiking or just running errands around town. I love to wear this skiing and to the gym! Polygiene is a recycled silver salt compound that inhibits the growth of bacteria and prevents the “stink” that all too often takes over in our base layers. $119.
FALKE Long Sleeve Shirt and Tights: Layers, layer, layers! Next to skill, layering is one of the most important aspects of a successful ski day. This long sleeve top and tights by FALKE feature merino wool thermal insulation ensuring warmth. Both are designed using seamless technology for a close-fitting but not constricting feel, and a high-tech polyamide wicks moisture away from the skin. Price $115.51 for top and $115.51 for tights.
OSBE Majic Ski Helmet: Safety first, then style. The Majic Ski has a unique helmet design, featuring innovative technology that allows the integrated visor to fold away inside the helmet. This minimizes wind and water from entering the helmet and meets the needs of serious athletes in all weather conditions. Plus, it looks downright badass! Price $549.
VUARNET VL 1406 Sunglasses: Not only are these shades gorgeous, but they will help protect your eyes from the elements while skiing. Founded by two French opticians, Roger Pouillox and Joseph Hatchiguian, VUARNET developed the Skilynx lens that reduced glare while increasing contrast in low light levels. In 1961, the pair joined forces with Olympic gold medalist skier Jean Vuarnet, which popularized the brand amongst sports enthusiasts. Price $345.
Ahnu Twain Harte Boots: I think winter boots should be subtle yet stylish. The Twain Harte boot blends fashion and function for the ultimate après ski boot. Waterproof full-grain leather and suede is lined with a luxe faux fur and paired with a waterproof membrane to keep feet dry and happy, while the 200g of Thinsulate insulation keep your feet warm without feeling bulk. The quick speed lace system makes for an easy on and off, and the Vibram outsole provides superior traction on any given winter excursion. Price $170.
SIGG Thermo Classic with Tea Filter: When on the slopes for hours at a time, it’s important to stay hydrated. For those that want to stay warm while quenching their thirst, this pretty thermos comes equipped with a tea filter, perfect for sipping some Earl Grey on chilly winter days. It also comes in multiple sizes that are small enough to fit in your ski jacket pocket. It will keep your drink warm for up to eight hours so you can stay on the slopes as long as you want – bathroom breaks excluded! Price $29.99.
Carmex Moisture Plus Fashion Lip Balm: Hitting the slopes is fun, but rough on lips! Formulated with aloe, shea butter and vitamin E, Carmex Moisture Plus lip balm delivers a clear satin shine and relief for dry lips. Their sleek and fashionable designs are perfect to carry with you when hitting the slopes. Price $2.99.