It starts as a trickle: You’re riding the lift and you suddenly spot a yeti hucking a cliff. Then you glimpse a wood fairy, complete with wings, gracefully navigating a tree run. It’s spring, people. The season when people bust out their best and brightest on the slopes.

Whether you’re contemplating a team costume for an event, or simply wanting to display your personality through couture, spring skiing and snowboarding is the perfect time to get creative. Though there are endless possibilities, here are a couple of categories—and illustrations—to help get your imagination going.

Not Quite Human

There’s nothing quite like riding the lift with a giant pink gorilla. When you’re considering your spring skiing outfit, taking it to the animal kingdom is always a win. Bonus: Though these furry outfits can be sweltering on a warm day, they’ll keep you cozy on those unexpected powder days.

Karl, the pink gorilla, demonstrates elk riding. Photo credit: Kim Schreiner.

Tyrannosaurus takes some turns at Whistler Blackcomb. Photo credit: Mitch Winton/Coast Mountain Photography

Chicken and a wolf? Photo credit kcxd via Flickr

From the Big Screen to the Mountain

Super heroes, video game icons or children’s book characters: anything goes. The mountain accepts everyone, whether you’re saving the princess or saving the world. Just get out there and strut your stuff.

Family Day 2016. Photo credit Whistler Blackcomb

Captain America. Photo credit: Hannah Lennon

Yeti and Cat in the Hat. Photo credit: Hannah Lennon

Throw Back

Perhaps one of the most popular ways to dress for spring skiing is in throwback styles: 70s disco, 80s flare or 90s neon, any of these (or all of them together), are appropriate for spring skiing and partying after the mountain closes.

Aspen Highlands closing day. Photo credit Jeremy Swanson

Delaryian one piece. Photo credit: Sean LaFaver

Less is More is Less

There’s also the school of thought that less is more in spring skiing—after all, sunny days mean less layers. But you can always take it to the extreme: either piling on everything in your closet, or stripping down to the bare minimum.

Add everything you have. Photo credit Katie Coakley

Photo credit: Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain Resort

Tighty Whiteys. Photo credit Hannah Lennon

Get the goods

There are many options for creating the perfect spring skiing outfit. You can either create your own, drawing on your own imagination and inspiration, or let someone else do the heavy lifting.

Rent

  • GetOutfitted: Rent a onesie from brands like Obermeyer, Bogner, Descent and others. Packages start at $25 per day and include a onesie, goggles, and gloves; shipping is free both ways.
  • Retro Ski Shop: Available for rental or purchase, Retro Ski Shop has vintage onesies for men and women as well as other gear like fanny packs, ski sweaters and more.
  • Sites like Gottacostume.com rent a wide variety of costumes from super heros to historical garb.

Own:

  • Delaryian manufactures onesies featuring throw-back designs and modern technology.
  • Tipsy Elves offers onesies in a variety of styles including 90s neon and Americana. The site also has a wide variety of “ugly” sweaters.
  • Shinesty sells 80s-inspired onesie ski suits in addition to a large range of 80s and 90s ski apparel including fleece onesies for relaxing in the lodge.

Other options include searching thrift stores, rummage sales or your relatives’ closets. You never know what Uncle Bob has been hiding for the past four decades.

Whether you’re dressed up or dressed down (way down), spring skiing is all about having fun. So bust out that onesie, throw on some neon or zip up the gorilla suit and hit the slopes.

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