Everyone knows that the best part of a ski day is après-ski. Some like to earn those precious cocktails with countless laps cascading down the mountain. Others though, are only in it for the après, making a few morning turns for justification, before settling belly up to the bar for first pour around 11. Whatever your poison, there is just no arguing that après-ski is what we all look forward to. The camaraderie, the stories, the food and drinks, it’s just so enjoyable and many of our favorite outdoor brands are all in to help make the experience the best that it can. They’ve created functional, stylish and fun items designed to help the good times roll. So if you have a skier or boarder in your life who loves their post-pow-shenanigans as much or more than they do the sport itself, here is a list of gifts that is sure to melt the snow on their smiling faces this holiday season.
Do you do all of your own stunts on the mountain? Well, you won’t need to any more if you’re wearing this sweater. Simply put it on for après-ski and you’ll instantly draw the eyes of everyone in the bar. You may even get a few drinks sent your way and there’s no tricks required.
Pladra Men’s Elli Flannel – $119
Flannel is like the tuxedo of the mountain towns and you need one that will turn heads when you head out for the night. The Elli is just that one. It’s rugged construction is perfect for the outdoors. However, the slimmer more modern fit combined with Pladra’s signature embroidery and moose print liner really class it up when you need it to.
Flylow Topless – $18
Go topless at the bar. Get your mind out of the gutter, I’m talking about on your head. Tuck your whacky helmet hair back in this thermal headband and show everyone how much you love après.
Nalukai Kapa Boot – $130
There’s not a ton of skiing in Hawaii but the Kapa boot still works well in any mountain town. Kick those uncomfortable ski boots off and slide into these super comfy boots. The waxed canvas exterior will withstand the elements and the fashion savvy looks will have you turning heads on the dance floor.
Picture Holly Vest – $140
The Holly Vest is the perfect mountain town accessory for ladies looking to ditch their bulky ski jacket and throw something on over their fashionable base layer. The Holly is made green (environmentally friendly), is technically sound and totally in vogue. So go ahead and rock this sweet vest, it’s organic so it’s good for you.
Part base layer, part comfy sweatshirt, this is the perfect après-ski top to wear right from the mountain to the bar. Technically sound with moisture wicking materials and thumbholes it will serve its purpose during the day and the unique oversized neck is perfect to snuggle into or potentially pull up high enough to hide from dudes hitting on you at the bar.
Danner Women’s Raptor 650 – $240
Inspired by life in mountain towns, this boot can do it all. With the same basic setup as their famous hiking boots, plus winter weather upgrades like Primaloft insulation, your hike from the car to the bar will be that much better. Plus the faux fur accents will look quite chic when you get there.
If there is one thing that I have learned from The Snow Report’s Halley O’Brien is that you need a good beanie for après to cover up your helmet hair. The Sugar Bowl is sure to satisfy your craving as it’s merino wool, cable knit exterior envelopes your head in sweet goodness only to be amplified by the super soft sherpa interior lining. #sweettoothsatisfied
This unique beer holder is made with dry poplar wood and lined with a foam koozie providing a double insulated vessel that will keep your hand warm and your beer as cold as when you opened it. Available in two sizes and equipped with an embedded bottle opener in the bottom, this is the ultimate beer drinking accessory for the craft beer drinker in your life.
Roadhouse Brewing Company Loose Boots – $12.99 There is no better beer than the first one you drink after a day of schussing on the mountain. Roadhouse’s Loose Boots is a darn good one! Buy someone a sixer and crack them open to experience a citrus taste explosion that is sure to accelerate the blood flow back to your toes and amplify the stories of the day.
Heroclip – From 14.95
Skiing and boarding comes with A LOT of stuff. Helmets, gloves, jackets and more, but what do you do with it when you are done for the day? Enter the Heroclip. Tether it all together and keep it organized as the Heroclip’s unique design enables it to hang from your chair back as you enjoy yourself worry free at après-ski.
Gogglesoc – $14.99
Goggles never seem to get scratched when you’re wearing them, they get scratched when you drop them at the bar while boot dancing. Protect your goggles from this catastrophe with the gogglesoc. Made with Eco-friendly materials, this stretchy microfiber accessory complete with fun designs fits snugly over your goggles and will keep them safe from would be tramplers.
Old Town Cellars – Prices vary by bottle
Most people think beer when it comes to apres-ski however, Old Town Cellars, in Park City, Utah will, most certainly, open your mind to wine. Their wines are approachable and delicious while sporting cheeky mountain lifestyle names like Snow Bunny Syrah and Old Town Outlaws. Now through their wine club, they are available to order so you can bless those you love with The Official Wine of Apres ™ this holiday season.
Apres-ski Jewelry – Starting at $22
This jewelry, handcrafted in Colorado gives a whole new meaning to après-ski. By using recycled skis, and carving them into incredible accessories including and array of earrings or a money clip, they have given skis life “after” skiing. Each piece is unique, stunningly attractive and is sure to elevate your style game to new heights no matter where or when you wear them.