Think it’s acceptable to roll off the slopes and saunter into a bar clad in soggy ski gear and boots? Think again.
Once upon a time, your ski day would start at first lift and end when the sun set, and the last button lift clanged to a halt (save a quick ‘vin chaud’ break at lunchtime). In recent years, however, we’ve seen more of a shift towards a four-hour ski day, including a leisurely brunch (leaving the first tracks for the super keen) and a laid-back kind of day dispersed with the odd thigh-burner of a run – just to justify the fondue later.
We’ve cottoned on to the fact that there’s nothing nicer than taking the European approach to skiing, which involves retiring to your accommodation 10 seconds before your favourite runs are cast in shadow, jumping into a steaming bath (or sauna for those of you in fancy gaffs), and dressing up to head out for a spot of après.
We’re going to run you through some of your après ski wear options, and prove that you can find the ultimate balance between style and comfort without breaking the bank.
What does Après Ski mean?
Literally, it translates to ‘after ski’, but anyone who’s been on a ski holiday before knows that après ski stands for so much more.
To some, it might conjure up images of teenagers dancing on table tops and downing ‘ski shots’, but for most of us, it’s much more sophisticated: It’s our annual chance to glam up in a uniquely ‘outdoorsy’ kind of way.
The first thing you need to understand is that different bars and venues are going to have different vibes; the swiss-style chalet with sommelier service is not going to welcome you if you’re sporting a lycra onesie. As with everywhere else, mountain villages have style standards and it’s important you make sure you’re dressed for the occasion.
Après Ski Essentials
When planning what to wear to après ski, it’s important to remember that layers are essential for the transition between cold mountain weather and a heated interior.
Starting from the top, even the least accessory-savvy of you will want to don a head piece for your après excursions, even if just for the walk between venues. Ear warmers are a great option here, even better when coupled with a neck warmer to avoid problematic ‘hat hair.’ It’s socially acceptable to wear them inside too!
For the men, knitwear is king, and the traditional beanie still holds its place at the top of the headwear tree. There are enough great value options to ensure you can swap them out faster than the ladies are changing their shoes, whatever your style and budget.
Don’t forget gloves!
The next thing to consider is base layers. With some of the best venues boasting mountain views from rooftop terraces, these are just as important for après as they are on-piste. For an evening-ready thermal set up, make sure to wear a long-sleeved thermal top under your traditional fleece or sweater. You can even jazz it up by opting for bold colours and prints; perfect for when you strip back down to head inside. Whatever you do, leave the moth eaten ¾ zip in your chalet!
Outer wear. Your après ski jacket and trousers
Unless your idea of ‘après’ includes torchlit skidoos, leave your salopettes to dry out in the apartment. Instead, soft shell trousers are a great option for an evening out in the frigid winter weather.
The water resistance will serve you well for a romantic evening of star-gazing, or even if you’re just waiting for the complimentary ski bus home. They also double up well as travel gear, which means you can pack light and leave the extra pairs of trousers at home. Paired with a stylish
Speaking of jackets, the smart money is on long and puffy designs. The added length will help keep your lower-end toasty, and, unless you’re planning on trying your hand at ice hockey, you don’t need to worry about stride restrictions. They may not be so practical for a day on the slopes, but here’s your excuse to buy a snuggly down jacket. Whoever’s idea it was to remodel a sleeping bag into a jacket was a genius, and the whole family can kit themselves out.
Down to your toes. What are après ski boots and why are they important?
What are après ski boots and why are they important? Well, facing up to the cold mountain weather requires the right pair of boots for the job. Getting good snow boots means considering all the practical essentials (are they waterproof, grippy and warm?), as well as coupling them with some snow-sport style.
You might recognise the styling in our men’s snow boots range; practical with an industrial finish that will carry you from home to resort and back again without looking like an explorer!
The ladies’ range satisfies a more eclectic taste, with a greater selection of colours and lengths to compliment your whole ensemble. Why not try on a pair of fleece-lined snow boots for size?
Skiing is a family friendly activity, and we want to make sure everyone looks and feels the part. Explore our collection of stylish and comfortable ski wear for men, women, and children today, with awesome-value après ski clothing options that everyone can enjoy.