Sure, your gear is supposed to keep you warm, comfy and performing on the hill, but there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a little style on the slopes.
Skiing and snowboarding have always been some of the chic-est of sports. But spending the first winter of my life in Wisconsin instilled in me the cold tolerance of a tropical fish, so I’ve never been willing to sacrifice climatic comfort for looking cute. But wait. This season there’s a ton of new winter gear that offers performance and sassy styles that swiftly slide on and off hill—even if it’s a back-of-the-Subaru quick-change.
1. MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR Radiance Jacket with Ardica Moshi Power System
Ah, technology: Laptops, cell phones, iPods, and now, Ardica. You can plug in Ardica’s Moshi Power and heat up your torso at the same time as you recharge your cell phone or iPod. Three lightweight, flexible, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries reside in the torso of this insulated liner jacket, so you have a full spectrum of heat, depending on whether you wear it with a lightweight shell or layered under a down jacket. Three temperature settings slow roast you for up to eight and a half hours.
Girl Power: The heated liner slips under any jacket, so you can flaunt your own style without having to look techy.
$230 jacket; $145 battery; mountainhardwear.com
2. BLACK DIAMOND Shiva
It’s easy to like the straight out-of-the-box comfort of these gold-buckle babies, but the über-customization substantiates the boot’s pretty face. Four buckles power your turns no matter the conditions.
Girl Power: Boa lacing snugs the slim thermo-fit liner to you close and perfect as a lover spooning.
3. K2 Indy Pro
I’ve had enough head injuries to do at least double-digit damage to my honor-roll IQ (most, but not all, from snowboarding), so helmets aren’t optional. Fishnets, however, are. The racy, lacy webbing won’t keep you warmer than hats, but the padded helmet without venting holes will.
Girl Power: It fits low over goggles to prevent forehead freezer burn.
4. TIMBERLAND Bethel Tall Brogue
As cute and cozy as those Shivas are, they’re still ski boots. Want more comfort, more versatility, more style? Meet the soft and supple leather Bethels. The stacked rubber outsole is grippy enough to keep you sure-footed around snowy streets. Plus, the moisture-wicking lining and footbed are 50-percent-recycled feel-good PET.
Girl Power: Classic Brogue detail won’t go out of style.
$220; timberland.com / athleta.com
5. MERRELL Lexi
You want a helmet for skiing, not for après (at least not until the third pitcher). But helmet hair is rarely flattering. Merrell’s hip, urban Lexi looks and feels like wool but is actually made of water-resistant polyester—that’s hot.
Girl Power: Elastic back stretches for a personal fit, because “one size fits all” doesn’t always fit.
6. MYCHELLE Revitalizing Night Creme
Slather on nourishing face cream right off the slopes so it can replenish your skin’s hydration with organic shea butter, cactus extract, goji berry, lavender and chamomile oils.
Girl Power: Gogi berry fruit extract works as an antioxidant to repair sun damage.
7. ICEBREAKER Biofit+
You wouldn’t call Icebreaker’s BioFit+ “thermal undies,” but the 200-weight Merino wool is the start to serious cold defense on (and off) the mountain.
Girl Power: Feminine florals are a far cry from waffle weave, so you can pair with a sweater dress and tall boots (see above), for added streetwear versatility.
$100; icebreaker.com Not pictured
8. LOLË Evolt
Swap skiwear for this sweater dress (worn over Icebreaker base layers above) and in one smooth move you’re city chic, but warm and cozy for snowy winter nights out and about. The travel knit stuffs into your ski bag for the day and emerges wrinkle-free and ready. Snuggle into the cowl neck for extra warmth against evening’s chill.
Girl Power: Pair with heels and a chain belt for uptown affairs.
$90; lolewoman.com Not pictured
Jenn Weede abandoned a dream career in New York City and moved to Colorado in 1999. She’s been a freelance writer and outdoor sports stylist ever since.