Hot looks for cold weather
If you love to ski, snowboard, snowshoe or race outside at the sign of snowfall, then we've got the gear for you -- some technical and state-of-the-art, the rest designed to look good at the lodge. And that's the beauty of skiwear -- it'll keep you warm and dry, whether you head to the slopes ... or just want to look like you do.
Mmm, cozy--the plush Close Knit Beret, $24, Close Knit Infinity Scarf, $30, and Close Knit Gloves, $20, come in dusty blue or taupe acrylic; at meetmark.com.
Neve's modern take on no-longer-ho-hum Nordic knits includes this vivid women's Blanca Full Zip Jacket, $242, in ultra-fine merino wool; at nevedesigns.com. (They've also got great looks for guys, like the simple gray wool Gordon Zip Neck, $187, with yellow racing stripes down the sleeve.)
This Girl's Warmest Jacket is water-resistant, with down fill and faux-fur trim, assuring she won't just be warm, or warmer but, well, you get the idea, $78; at GapKids stores or gap.com.
For those who prefer their fur faux, Esprit offers Faux Fur legwarmers, $45.50 to $59.50, or this Faux-Fur Trim Winter Boot, $59.94; at Old Navy stores and oldnavy.com.
Hanging at the lodge? A raccoon fur vest from Danish up-market brand Birger Christensen offers major apres-ski appeal, $1,495; at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores.
Goggles with interchangeable lenses let you adjust to changing light conditions on the mountain, but are often a pain to switch out. Oakley's new Airbrake goggles with "Switchlock" technology come with two quick-change, impact-resistant color lenses (more are available), $220; at Sno-Haus, Huntington Station; or oakley.com.
Sitting (or standing) pretty, in Skea' Chloe parka in orange, peony and other shades, with snap-off fur collar, $592, and Cargo insulated pants, $328; at Sundown Ski & Sport, Greenvale; or skealimited.com.
Keep it stylish and spiritual with Skea's Shimmies Active JOC top (with a print taken from the "Om Mani Padme Hum" mantra inscribed in ancient Himalayan rock art), $130, Bobbie down vest, $328, Tatt ripstop skirt and leggings, $99 each; at Sundown Ski & Sport, Greenvale; or skealimited.com.
Look hot in the cold with Obermeyer's Josie jacket, $249.50, with inner media pocket, removable hood and fleece inner collar/chin protector; look for the line at Sundown Ski & Sport, Lake Grove; Sundown Surf & Sport, Levittown; Action Ski & Sports, Oakdale; or obermeyer.com
Downhill dudes stay warm and dry in Obermeyer's Stinger jacket, $349.50 and up, made of recycled polyester, with Permaloft insulation; look for the line at Sundown Ski & Sport, Lake Grove; Sundown Surf & Sport, Levittown; Action Ski & Sports, Oakdale; or obermeyer.com.
Nils' Sport down jacket, $360, with Chapstick pocket on sleeve, contrast waterproof zippers and media pocket with slit for headphones; at Sundown Ski & Sports, Greenvale and Lake Grove; Sundown Patio, Farmingdale; or nils.us.
Mohawks hit headwear in a major way this season. Mohawk Trapper Hat, $24.99; at American Eagle stores and ae.com.
New for fall-- eye-catching Smooch goggles designed by Athena Currey, one of several artists Gordini tapped for their "GASP" artist series project, $90; at peterglenn.com. For gloves and more gear, visit Sno-Haus, Hempstead; Oakdale Ski & Sports; and Ski Stop, Plainview.
Snowboarding isn't all hotdoggin' dudes. Women are out there shredding the slopes, and Burton offers not only sleek gear, like this Lip-Stick Snowboard (a camber/rocker hybrid), $479.95; at burton.com, but also a new website, launched last month, dedicated to women and the snowboard lifestyle. Check it out at burtongirls.com.
The Simon gloves from Drop, $55, are snowboarding icon Simon Chamberlain's signature model, offering warmth and the light-weight dexterity of a pipe glove, with leather-like Chamude palm; look for the line at Sundown Ski & Snowboard in Greenvale, Lake Grove, Levittown; and actionsportsfactory.com.
Originally created for ski patrollers, this vest from The North Face, $189, boasts multiple storage pockets, a ski/snowboard strap system, internal media pocket and -- not that we mean to be a buzz kill -- an avalanche rescue reflector; look for the line at select Macy's, Nordstrom, Dick's Sporting Goods, The Sports Authority stores and thenorthface.com.
Colorado-based Neve looks good on the slopes -- and city sidewalks -- with clever women's designs like cotton-silk-spandex base-layer tops with retro prints of St. Moritz, Chamonix and, here, Courchevel; $145 at nevedesigns.com.
Patagonia revamped its ski / snowboard line this season, using new fabrics and improving fit with longer jackets and more relaxed pants. The new Ultralight Down Jacket, $279, can be worn as insulation or outerwear, and the unique narrow quilted channels allow for maximum warmth with minimum down (and thus minimum weight); at Patagonia.com, or look for the line at Patagonia, Manhattan; Dick's Sporting Goods, Garden City; and Sno-Haus, Hempstead.
Whimsical London-based designer Ashish Gupta dreamed up a line of over-size tees, sweatshirts and knits with cheeky commentary, like this cotton-blend sweater, $110; at topshop.com.
Once you have all this great gear, how are you toting it to Vail, Bear Mountain, Stowe or Gstaad? Transpack's XT1, XTW and Edge Jr. Speciall Edition Printed Boot Backpacks, $59.95 to $89.95, in checks, florals, black skulls and a retro sunrise design, feature an Isosceles Storage System with side pockets for boots and spacious, water-resistant central chamber for helmet and other gear; for local retailers, call 800-778-5735, or visit transpack.net
The newest addition to Patagonia's Kids' collection, the Infant Down Sweater Bunting, $129, is designed for warmth, layering and easy diaper changes; at Patagonia.com, or look for the line at Patagonia, Manhattan; Dick's Sporting Goods, Garden City; and Sno-Haus, Hempstead.
Pop a little paisley action on that black diamond run with Bogner's Down Jacket Lyssa, $1,698, with a hood that can be zipped out and adorned with a fur trim Nuara, sold separately; at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores.
The North Face designed this nylon men's La Paz Jacket, $179, for mild-weather winter climates, like Santa Fe or Sacramento. We'd throw SoHo into the mix, as it looks as good schussing as it does Saturday-nighting. Wear solo or as a mid-layer; at select Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com.