For many a Sloanie, a ski season is the only way to spend your gap year between school and university. A ski season is six months spent running a ski chalet as part of a small team, learning to cook hearty suppers for big parties of guests, baking cakes for tea in the afternoon, and skiing relentlessly between shifts. Seasonaires finish their first ski season equipped with all manner of valuable life skills – and hundreds of hours’ skiing under their belts. Being a seasonaire is all about making friends for life, working hard and playing harder. The perfect practice run for college.
Now we’re into the middle of April the European ski season is in its final weeks, so no better time than now to take a look at the hottest trends spotted on the slopes this winter.
There are always two schools of thought when it comes to your ski outerwear: bold color blocking or solid neutrals. It’s chic to dress in head-to-toe black or white for swooping into Courchevel 1850 for a vin chaud at lunchtime (the more faux fur trim the better – see Topshop’s awesome 2016 onesie below) but it’s younger and funkier to color block, like the Duchess of Cambridge. Red salopettes and a white ski jacket seem to be Kate’s trusted colorway, year on year. Like Lady Diana, this girl knows what works for her and has made her sartorial choices into her own personal brand.
For rosy-cheeked après-ski evenings back at the chalet, pick a statement cashmere sweater to keep you feeling cosy and looking luxe. We heart this Chloe Sno cashmere turtleneck, but Gap and Uniqlo are good for more affordable cashmere finds. Even little Princess Charlotte was snapped wearing an adorable cashmere hat on her first family ski trip in the French Alps this season.
Outfitters like Sweaty Betty and Jack Wills offer amongst the brightest selection of base layers for skiwear. So much more than a body heating system for the chilly skiing climate, your base layers are what you strip down to when the sun shines bright on your deckchair lunch. This season, bright and geometric patterns have been huge – as they have been for all areas of activewear.
Been off skiing this season? Share your best snowscapes and ensembles with us on Insta! Just hashtag #SloaneRangerSki and we’ll regram our favorites.