Most people dread the cold weather, but I look forward to it every year. The colder the better I always say! Winter time brings hot cocoa, warm fireplaces, sexy coats and lots of time for indoor activities ;). I try to get onto the slopes to ski every year to live out my inner-most Aspen Extreme fantasies! Most years I am unsuccessful not because I don’t have time but because I can’t find a friend who knows how/is willing/has time to take a ski vacation. So for now I’ll just look out the window and feel the cold air on my face while imaging the snow crunching and swooshing beneath my skis. Some might think that when it comes to skiing the rule of thumb is to just dress warm and try not to fall on your a**. But you would be wrong. You need to know what you are doing on the slopes and when dressing in your
My jealousy was kicked into high gear Sunday morning when I was having brunch with my lawyer. She was planning a ski trip and considering what to wear on the slopes. I got to thinking about men and their ski attire. Of course you need the basics: warm thick socks, snow pants, water proof ski gloves, a winter coat/ski coat, something to keep your neck warm, goggles and a hat. Although we always strive to look sexy, the slopes are not the place for men to wear anything too tight. For you skiers out there, you know that you sometimes need different parts of your body to move fast while making split second decisions. Any restricting clothing can hinder you, and as much as you may not want to admit it, even the best of athletes fall down sometimes. So, everything you wear should be waterproof, warm and roomy. As far as your coat, snow pants and gloves; Spyder and North Face are pretty reliable brands. For goggles most men like Oakley’s or Smith’s. WARNING: do not think for one second that you can just wear your sexy sunglasses or no eye gear at all. Most people, myself included, learned this lesson the hard way. Less than half way down even at a moderate speed that wind will tear up your eyes so fast you won’t know what hit you. At that point you won’t be able to see and are putting yourself and other skiers in danger. Please trust me; you must wear goggles even on the bunny slope. Choose your ski gear according to your personality, get over to a quality ski shop and try lots of different pieces on and listen to the sales people. Ski gear can be expensive so choose wisely and make sure you are going to like it for years to come. (Quick tip:do not buy anything at the ski mountain gift shop, they mark it up tremendously) If you live in the New York City Area, it is worth the subway ride to
Brooklyn to check out Panda Ski & Sport, otherwise take a trip over to your local Ski Barn or Sports Authority. A lot of people like to take this opportunity to wear bright colors and really goofy hats. Colors are great and hats are wonderfully expressive but you do not want to look like a box of highlighters or an escaped mental patient sliding down the hill… like I said choose wisely.
“Using your ski jacket with its zipper-dangling pass for a night out on the town is a downhill disaster.”