You could be forgiven for overdoing it in Courchevel. I mean, it’s Courchevel. Where else are you going to wear your diamante goggles, your fox fur hat and couture salopettes? But the thing with Courchevel is that for all its oligarchic pricing, its foie gras and gilded lilies, its last-of-days-of-Rome-decadence, it’s actually a proper skiing place. Nobody goes there to mess about. They go there to throw themselves down a black run and you don’t do that in comedy fashion clothes, you do it in laser-sharp future-tech skiwear. You want high-style for sure, but you need high-performance. Pack like us for both.
Bogner Blue Boaz-D Padded Down Ski Jacket
It’s always good to stand out on the slopes and, in this padded down ski jacket by Bogner in electric blue, you will definitely get the local heads turning. On closer inspection it also has lots of cool features, too, such as a zip fastening with logoed pull tab and long sleeves with logoed cuffs. Finally, with a slightly looser fit it’s easy to put your favourite base layers underneath for the ultimate protection against the cold.
Bogner black Berko-T Ski Trousers
When it comes to ski trousers, nothing says adventure more than Bogner’s 007-inspired cargo-pocket ski pants cut in a straight leg with a quick release buckle. What really makes them stand out is the reflective trims framing around all the pockets. These definitely are made for secret missions.
Navy Class Sport Snow Helmet by Kask
This navy and white Kask helmet is full of fantastic features to help you navigate the toughest of slopes. It is made in Italy with eco-leather earflaps, an adjustable chinstrap, a double visor with OTG fitting for increased protection during light intensity increases, and an active ventilation system. The helmet also has a One-Move switch system on the side that enables you to change visors on the slopes with minimum fuss, thus maximising the time you have to enjoy the fresh powder ahead.
Fusalp White Base Top
When you go skiing, it’s important what you wear underneath as well as on top and the Fusalp Alpille base layer top in technical stretch performance fabric with Therma technology will provide you with maximum warmth. With a stylish half-zip neck line and black contrast stripes down the sleeves, this top shines in its own light and is the best way to stay warm on the slopes.
Fusalp Navy Heritage Ski Gloves
Heading down the slopes, it’s not only the windchill that hits your face, but your hands will be taking quite a hit too! And it’s often said that a woman can tell a lot by a man’s hands, so these retro-striped ski gloves by Fusalp in navy and white with black leather panels on the inside will give your mitts the best protection against the cold while also looking extremely stylish.
The North Face Snomad 34 Backpack
As far as rucksacks go, The North Face Snomad 34 litre pack in mountainscape print is a skiing favourite. With plenty of space to carry all those essentials from water, sunblock and protein bars to extra base layers, it also boasts helmet carry and has back panel access to the main compartment for ease of use. Lightweight and durable, the outer layer utilises recycled fabrics and the PFC-free, water-repellent finish helps to shed snow and moisture.
This powder blue utility-style ski suit takes on a vintage feel with a modern twist and looks like it’s straight off the autumn/winter 22 runways with its stretch belt and removable utility bag. It’s made from a GRS-certified material comprised of recycled ocean plastics and insulated with Primaloft Eco 100 per cent post-consumer recycled insulation. Through Holden, respecting the planet and ski wear have just moved a little bit closer.
Crista Beanie by Black Crows
Knitted ski hats don’t come any cooler than this retro ’80s-styled hat by Black Crows. Inspired by the jagged mountain ranges and transferred into a cool graphic with neat colour combinations, this hat will be the ultimate accessory on the slopes this winter but will also be super cool to wear in town.
Bogner La Plagne Snow Boots
Even when it’s super cold and your mind might be prioritising comfort over style, it’s still important to pay attention to your footwear and there are no better boots to tuck your stylish ski-suit into than these black and white Bogner La Plagne snow boots. Constructed with a quilted water-repellent shell and a rubber grip sole, these snow boots are perfect for all snowy terrains and will look equally great styled with jeans or wool leggings in town after a heavy snowfall.
Dragon PXV2 Ski Goggles
Designed for the best performance on the slopes, these Dragon PXV2 Ski goggles, perfectly sized to fit over most helmets, come with a “Light Rose” lens and a darker black style that can be switched out depending on the forecast. Both are made with Dragon’s signature Lumalens colour optimisation, designed to repel water, reduce glare and maximise your visibility. So whatever the weather, you will still have the option to ski with style.
Holden Puffy Mitten
Insulated with Nasa-developed Primaloft Gold Cross CoreTM and featuring aerogel fibres, these puffy canvas mittens will give you the maximum warmth with lightweight comfort. They come fleece-lined and fitted with a genuine leather palm with a touch screen sensitive thumb allowing you use of your phone while avoiding cold fingers. Who knows when you will need to contact ground control when you’re flying around with these gloves on!
Colmar Thermal Shirt
When it comes to performance with a touch of comfort, this stretch fleece half-zip ski sweatshirt ticks every box. It’s neatly designed with geometric sharp cuts that enhance the silhouette of the top without sacrificing harmony. Strong foundations are the best ways to build anything, including your ski wardrobe, and with this Colmar thermal sweatshirt you will be in good shape on the slopes come winter.
By James Sleaford, style director of Secret Trips. James has worked in the fashion industry for 20 years and has held the post of fashion director of French GQ. You can find more of his work at jamessleaford.com