Summit County gear guide: Flattering slope styles for the ladies
January 5, 2014
Look as good as you feel on the slopes this season. The return of feminine styles and flattering cuts leaves the ladies with a plethora of ski-attire options. We've created an outfit using our favorite pieces that will keep you warm, cozy and utterly fashionable this winter.
You may not be familiar yet with Stio, but you should be. This Jackson Hole-based company creates high-style activewear that functions as well as it looks. The Women's Basis Zip Neck is the perfect baselayer, created from a blend of Polartec wool and poly that keeps you warm and dry. The zip neck allows you to regulate your temperature, and the thumbholes add an extra dose of cuddly comfort. Subtle detailing and a flattering cut keep this piece feminine and fun.
Retail: $90; http://www.stio.com
While puffies have dominated the High Country and urban streets for decades, the advancement of more durable and tear-resistant fabrics has brought the trend to the slopes. The down and synthetic fills have become lighter and more compact, resulting in slimmer, more flattering fits. The Women's OLAN JKT from Eider is feminine and vibrant. This down and Primaloft jacket is water resistant, tear resistant and shockingly lightweight, and it's reversible, switching from a poppy purple to black, allowing you to change up your look any time you want.
Retail: $350; http://www.eider.com (available at Podium Sports in Frisco)
Show off your perfect stem Christie turns in these form-fitting pants from Obermyer. The Bond pant is flattering, feminine and functional — the return of romance. These soft-shell pants created from stretch fabric allow you to move down the mountain with ease while protecting you from the elements. A soft fleece lining offers next-to-skin comfort, or throw some silkies underneath on chilly days. Discreet pockets keep the cut slim and sassy. Go demure with black or bright with white.
Retail: $199.50; http://www.obermyer.com
You've suffered long enough. Finally forgo frozen fingers and upgrade to the crème de la crème of gloves. Hestra, a Swedish company, has been producing durable leather gloves since 1936. The Hendrik Windstedt Pro Mitt is the ultimate in luxurious warmth. Soft and supple leather on the exterior paired with Thermolite insulation and a silky smooth lining keeps your fingers and hands incredibly warm. The leather pull straps and Velcro closure on the snow cuff is convenient, and the handcuff alleviates the risk of dropping your gloves while fumbling for your chapstick on the chairlift.
Retail: $180; http://www.hestragloves.com
My what a gorgeous brain you have. Keep it protected with the Muse EPS with Knit helmet from Bern. In addition to keeping your noggin protected, it keeps your head and ears warm with a soft knit and fleece lining. The lining easily snaps in and out for cleaning. Available in six punchy colors, our favorite is the Satin White and Watermelon — the perfect splash of pink to keep your look youthful and fun.
Retail: $99.99; http://www.bernunlimited.com
Deciding which lens to use on any given ski day can be a gamble. Thanks to the LCG Goggle from Scott, you no longer have to hedge your bets. This Lens Changing Goggle uses Scott's lens changing slider system, allowing you to quickly switch between lenses without having to touch the surface of the lens. The compact molded lens case allows you to carry a second lens, quickly adapting to the changing light conditions. Choose from six different colors, all helmet compatible, fully adjustable to fit your face and coated with a no-fog treatment.
Retail: $189.95; http://www.scottsports.com
After you've slashed all day, you deserve to enjoy an après cocktail in style without helmet hair. Stash a hat in your pocket for a quick switch. The Aquilia Radar hat from Helly Hansen will fold nicely into a pocket or boot bag. This contemporary knit hat will keep you warm and dry, and the brim will keep the snow off your face as you meander back to your condo.
Retail: $30; http://www.hellyhansen.com