The best gear for your après-ski sessions
Ski season is still in full swing, and with a holiday weekend coming up, there’s still plenty of time to hit the slopes. But what is more important than skiing or snowboarding? It’s après-ski. Think warm drinks in the lodge, appetizers with melted cheese, and getting cozy by the fire—starting no later than 3 p.m. local time.
Here are a few items that could help boost your après-ski game this winter.
Aether Apparel has highly technical shells and puffers, quilted jackets and vests, adventure-ready scarves and beanies, winter boots, and more to keep you covered during the coldest months of the year. And this water-resistant, insulated jumpsuit will keep you warm from top to bottom, all while being easy to move in from the slopes to the lodge. SRP: $695
Sustainable fashion brand Aday spent two years trying to come up with a better fleece. The result: biofleece, which the company describes as nylon on the outside with biodegradable fleece on the inside—and a soft, luxe feel all over. The outer layer is designed to be upcycled at the end of life, using tightly compacted fibers to reduce the risk of shedding. The soft inner fleece side is biodegradable: any small particles that are released during washing will decompose in about 90 days, even in marine water. SRP: $165
The High Sierra Shirt is designed to handle nearly everything special (and water-resistant) pockets for a smartphone, bottle opener, pen, and frosty beverage…as well as hidden loops for sunglasses and gloves. And to make it work for winter, the supersoft brushed flannel shirt is lined with the brand’s custom developed cotton modal thermal. SRP: $148
The Cocoa Grizzly Hot Chocolate has velvety, sweetm and deep chocolate tasting notes. It can be enjoyed hot or cold (on ice) or even mixed in with some coffee for a cafe mocha or even some bourbon to keep you really warm. SRP: $15 for a 16-ounce bag with approximately 16 servings per bag.
This is not your average hip flask. The Firelight 750 tumbler is large enough to pack 750 milliliters of whiskey, wine, hot chocolate, tea, or coffee. This flask can keep beverages hot or cold for up to 24 hours, so you can put some hot toddies in this flask before you ski, and they’ll still be piping hot and ready for you when you’re done SRP: $125
Prime Roots has built a cult-following for its plant-based bacon, selling out immediately following the initial launch and later garnering a wait list exceeding 50,000 customers. Launched in early 2020, Prime Roots utilizes its house-made koji base and fermentation process to make a variety of “meat” products that taste, smell, and look like the real thing, making it the perfect snack that nearly anyone at your party should be able to enjoy.
Available in an assortment of colors and patterns in both kid and adult sizes, this beanie sports a rechargeable LED light, and the battery will provide up to eight hours of light. Users can toggle between three levels of brightness, and the beanie is sized to cover your ears. SRP: $25
Sure, if it’s cold enough, you could probably just set a beverage outside in the snow and it would keep cold. But this is a much classier way to do it—and this time you don’t even have to open the wine bottle until you’re ready to serve. Vin Glacé (“ice wine” in English) makes a set complete with a wine bottle holder and tumblers that hold 10 ounces each with a slide close lid. SRP: $140 for a wine bottle holder and two glass-lined wine tumblers.
The Soul Slipper is lightweight, water-repellant, and fleece-lined with a memory foam footbed and grippy, hand-stitched rubber soles. These compact shoes were built to provide warmth for feet during outdoor expeditions in a camper van, mountain hut, or near the fireplace at home. SRP: $55
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