Women's gear, up first
Can you recommend a warm, but cute ski jacket for my next trip to Aspen? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico
Lucky for you, warm and cute ski jackets are not in short supply. Here are three of my favorites for this season:
Mountain Hardwears Tuf Gene Jacket ($175) has just enough Western styling to make you feel like a maverick on skis. With an insulated fleece lining that feels like fur, a hood you can snap in place below your chin (so it doesnt flap around annoyingly), two front patch pockets, and a slightly high-waisted fit, the jacket feels feminine but still rugged. Its not the most technical piece of clothing Mountain Hardwear makes, but itll keep you plenty toasty on a 20-degree day.
Cloudveils Womens Hoback jacket ($495) is so bomber that I wore it backcountry cat skiing in Aspen last February. The Gore-Tex shell kept out the snow, while the Primaloft insulation kept me cozy. Plus, its got all the technical essentialspit zips, a zip-out powder skirt, and a zip-off hoodfor a long day on the slopes in less-than-bluebird weather.
Looking for something thats as fashionable as it is functional? Kjuss Ladies Prime jacket ($1,690 kjus.com) may blow your budget, but youll look like a Bond girl. The sleek black parka with foil details is made out of 800 fill down and four-way stretch fabric. Its got Aspen written all over it.