I just got back from the most incredible ski trip in Aspen and had such a blast! Not only were the slopes so much fun, but the views were truly magical and it still felt like Christmas there! Phil and I have always enjoyed skiing, but we don’t go as often as we’d like. And although there are plenty of ski resorts near our home in MN, they’re nothing like Aspen. We stayed at the St. Regis, which is a beautiful resort right at the base of Aspen Mountain. I just couldn’t get enough of the incredible mountain views. The first day we spent at Buttermilk, which we knew were great for families and beginners given the variety of terrain styles and options to get private lessons. It’s been quite a while since I skied so we hired a private instructor for me on the second day – it was so worth it! Today, I wanted to give you guys a rundown of everything I wore throughout the trip on and off the slopes. Hopefully, this post gives you an idea of everything you need to pack for the perfect winter ski trip!
Max Mara Teddy Bear Coat (wearing an S, better for budget here and here) | Celine Sunglasses (better for budget here) | H&M Hoodie | Topshop Black Denim | Nike Sneakers | Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM | Louis Vuitton Horion Suitcase | Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Mini Backpack
Winter vacations are always the hardest to pack for since coats and knitwear tend to be bulky and take up so much luggage space. I made sure to pack only one option that would be versatile enough to be worn off the slopes. It ended up being my Max Mara teddy coat. I have never been cold wearing it and love how soft and comfortable it feels. It’s been the best investment for the winter season.
I planned to live in leggings most of the trip but made sure to pack one pair of jeans. You can wear them when you want to be comfy but still look pulled together.
Sneakers are the best for navigating the airports and they’re usually more comfortable than boots. If you’re traveling for long hours at a time, I also recommend wearing compression socks. Sitting for a long time can cut off blood circulation and cause swelling, but compression socks and sneakers keep that from happening!
On The Slopes…
A parka/puffer jacket is a must for any winter vacation. I am obsessed with my SAM coat (above) because it’s not too puffy yet keeps you so warm. It also features long knit cuffs and a plush, fur-trimmed hood for extra insulation. I typically stick to neutrals, but I just couldn’t pass on the bold red color because it stands out beautifully against the snow.
Ski Suits & Pants
There are tons of amazing brands that do ski wear now, but they’re typically pricey. If you want to splurge, I’m in love with the Fendi line! However, I personally didn’t want to spend a ton of money on gear I don’t regularly wear. Fortunately, Topshop offers snow outfits that are affordable yet fun and trendy. You can find them both on the Topshop website or Nordstrom.
Full Blog Post HERE | Topshop Snow Suit (similar styles here and here) | Sweaty Betty Base Layer Top (wearing an XS) | Sweaty Betty Base Layer Leggings (wearing an XS) | Burton Gloves | Zioner Ski Goggles
Gloves, Beanie, & Socks
I swear by my Burton gloves whenever I’m skiing because they’re constructed from waterproof materials that keep your hands warm in ice cold conditions – the grip is a bonus! I also recommend investing in a high-quality beanie made from cashmere or wool. Although they’re a bit more expensive, they’re infinitely warmer and you’ll be able to rewear it off the slopes throughout the season. Socks make such a big difference too! Smartwool is my favorite brand because they deliver maximum warmth while keeping my feet dry.
I’m not a fan of walking in ski boots, so I’ll typically wear a pair of snow boots and leave them in a locker when I’m ready to go down. They’re just way more comfortable. I wore my Moon Boots on repeat throughout the trip and loved how they held up in the snow.
Layers are the most important piece when it comes to dressing for the slopes because you never know how cold its going to be. I always look for options made from quick drying fabrics so I don’t turn into a sweaty mess after a long day skiing. My Sweaty Betty layers did the trick!
Eyewear is just as important as your outfit when spending a long day in the cold. Since the snow can be blinding, especially if the sun is out, you’ll need goggles – or sunglasses for when you’re not skiing.
Off The Slopes…
Activewear helps ensure you’re dressed for that après ski life. Leggings are my go-to when I’m not on the mountains but want to be extra comfortable and casual. When layered with the right coat and accessories, you’re all set to explore.
Shearling Moon Boots | Kyi Kyi Beanie | Zara White Crop Sweater (wearing an S) | Zara Faux Leather Pants (wearing an XS) | Tom Ford Sunglasses (similar here) | Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Mini Backpack
Having several knitwear options is another must. You can wear it underneath your coat or snow suit to stay warm, but also work it into your outfits off the slopes. I packed several neutral options from turtlenecks to oversized sweaters that were easy to mix and match.
On me: Max Mara Teddy Bear Coat (better for budget here and here) | Revolve Black Turtleneck Sweater (wearing an XS) | Commando Patent Leather Leggings (wearing an S) | Moncler Beanie | Louis Vuitton Combat Boots (run TTS) | Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Mini Backpack | Celine Edge Sunglasses (sold out, similar here)
If I’m not wearing jeans or leggings, you’ll probably find me in leather pants or leggings. They’re much easier to dress up especially if you have plans for a date night. You can also wear them during the day when you’re out shopping around town.
Max Mara Teddy Bear Coat (wearing an S, better for budget here and here) | Celine Sunglasses (better for budget here) | Similar Sweater | Topshop Black Denim | Louis Vuitton Combat Boots (run TTS) | Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM | Louis Vuitton Horion Suitcase | Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Mini Backpack | Moncler Beanie