Whether you plan to hit the local bar for après cocktails or go out to dinner, you'll probably want to slip out of your wet, sweaty ski clothes and into something more appealing. Choosing appropriate after-skiing attire will ensure that you stay warm, comfortable and stylish the entire evening.
Shirts and Jackets
Though you'll be off the slopes, it'll still be chilly outside. Opt for warm shirts or jackets that will keep you insulated. Wool or synthetic sweaters are one classic option that look good and provide plenty of insulation for cold, winter nights. If it's windy, you'll also want a casual softshell or leather jacket to break the wind. A jacket with hand-warming pockets is always a good idea.
Your selection in pants will depend upon where you are going. A fine restaurant in Aspen will have a stricter dress code than the yurt at Silverton Mountain's base. Jeans are a versatile option as they're casual and rugged enough for the local après watering hole but can be dressed up for more formal dinners. If your night will include upscale restaurants or clubs, opt for a pair of slacks.
If you plan to do any walking around -- even if it's just a dash from the taxi to your hotel -- consider wearing warm, waterproof shoes or boots. Ski resort nights can get very cold, so you'll want some insulation from the outside. Resort streets and sidewalks also get wet and slushy, so a waterproof shoe will keep you dry. Look for a shoe with good wool or synthetic insulation and a waterproof membrane. You don't have to wear rubber galoshes; many footwear companies make leather shoes that are insulated and waterproof.
It's imperative to remember accessories such as hats and gloves when skiing, but it's almost equally imperative (and sometimes more difficult) to remember them for off the slopes. You don't need full ski gloves, but a pair of thin wool or synthetic gloves or liners will keep your hands from going frigid and numb. A hat or ear warmers will also help keep you warm on cold, windy nights. Don't forget a pair of warm socks.
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