Im off to the mountains again next weekend, which brings me to my latest What I pack for edition. Beaver Creek and Vail have become my #1 happy places so I’m looking forward to some skiing, shopping and spa-ing. I’m pumped to be going with my brother and sister in-law who live in far off SanFran as well as a couple of dear friends. I’ve gotten more than a few questions about mountain wear and what my favorites are so I thought I would share some of my go-tos.
One of many things I love about mountain life are the unapologetic casual vibes everywhere. In a mountain town, especially one at the base of a skiing destination, the chances of seeing a glimpse of traditional “fancy” wear are almost non existent. It’s just not cool to appear fussy or over done. Full disclosure, the list below is truly all that I pack. I do not mess around with any dresses, skirts or even heels. Since I’m most comfortable in a great pair of jeans and flats, this packing list is pretty much my dream so, if you are planning a ski vacation before the season ends or if you simply want to pretend that you are sipping on an apres-mountain cocktail, here are my favorite ski bunny picks…
Turtlnecks – I always pack at least 2 turtlenecks to layer under sweaters, flannels or to tuck into high waisted jeans for a night out. If you are not on the turtleneck train yet, please see my last Wear it Now post and get on it.
Denim – Pack up 2 pairs of your favorites and you’re good to go.
Cozy sweaters – I love packing 2 or 3 basic sweaters in cream, grey or black.
Statement Coat – It’s the first thing you see and in a ski town and it’s important. I got a killer parka this year from Poppy London. Go big or go home with this one, just make sure you go warm.
The boots – Moon boots are still a go if you want to be that girl (no judgement there, I have my eyes on the colorful pair in my shopping section) . The traditional Sorels are a safe bet when trying to look chic but classic. I also have an awesome pair of shearling lined sneakers that I throw on to switch it up. Finally, I wear my favorite moto boot when I am feeling a bit more refined. Yes, a moto boot is refined in the mountains.
Sunglasses – The statement sunnie reigns queen of the mountain accessories. You will notice there are optique stores everywhere and that’s for a reason. A good ol’ reflective lens still gets me every time.
My last snowflake of wisdom is to protect your skin if you are headed out west. Wear sunscreen everyday. The dry air holds no prisoners and I have found only one moisturizer to stand up to the Colorado chill. Good news, you don’t have to invest in La Mer, Sisley or Darphin. I made those costly mistakes for you. Instead, head to your local CVS and snag some CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. CeraVe has been the only, I repeat only moisturizer that has worked for me in the mountains.
My week mountain countdown begins today! Any other mountain wear/gear questions, ask away.