Styles for Resort Skiers

ON THE LEFT
Columbia's moisture-wicking Omni-Dry Mountain Tech Thermal Base­layer. ($60; columbia.com)

Few's acrylic Moa Hunter Sweater, for the bold. ($54; few.co.nz)

Aigle's lightweight Polartec recycled-fleece Walker Track Jacket. ($105; aigleusa.com

Obermeyer's insulated Tungsten Jacket is tricked out with everything from an iPod-compatible interior pocket to a removable powder skirt. ($290; obermeyer.com)

Aigle's Oxney Pants look like wool but are actually water-resistant polyester. ($150 )

Scott's waterproof Tundra Glove has a stash pocket on the back of both, a goggle wipe on one. ($65; scottusa.com)

At 88mm underfoot, Elan's all-mountain 888 Ski was a tester favorite last year—and remains the most versatile ski in their line. ($1,050; elanskis.com)

Thanks to the hydrophobic foam on the frame, Adidas's ID2 Goggles retain less moisture around the lenses, so they're nearly impossible to fog up. ($150; shopadidas.com)

Oakley's 100 percent wool Deco Beanie. ($24; oakley.com).

ON THE RIGHT
Helly Hansen's Iceberg Hoodie has moisture-wicking polypropylene on the inside, merino wool on the outside. ($85; hellyhansen.com)

Line Ski's Logo Pattern Hoodie is 100 percent cotton. ($75; lineskis.com)

The ski-specific Sidewall Jacket from Patagonia has a powder skirt, tons of pockets, a helmet-compatible hood … you get the picture. ($275; patagonia.com)

Oakley's waterproof and lightly insulated 10th Mountain Gloves are perfect for mild days. ($55; oakley.com)

Too blue for you?Red's Theory Helmet comes in four additional, more subdued colors.($120; redprotection.com)

The spherical lenses on Bollé's Fathom Goggles have a scratchproof coating, and the strap hinges pivot, making for a perfect seal, even over a helmet. ($89; bolle.com)

Styles for Resort Snowboarders

Styles for Resort Snowboarders

 

ThirtyTwo's Bamboo Crew is equal parts bamboo and cotton, with a touch of spandex. $52; thirtytwo.com

Because Orage's full-zip Focus Jacket is lined with microfleece, it's warmer than it looks. $90; orage.com

The waterproof, highly breathable eVent fabric in O'Neill's Vapor Jacket can handle even the warmest and wettest spring days. $390; oneill.com

Quiksilver's waterproof Eco Circle Pant is lightly insulated and cut from 100-percent-recycled polyester. $200; quiksilver.com

Burton's GMP R.P.M. Eco-Leather Gloves are soft and fleece-lined. $85; burton.com

Burton's all-mountain Vapor Snowboard is named after its ultralight Space Age materials. $1,000; burton.com

Switch up your look with Anon's Figment Goggles; they've got interchangeable straps. $95; anonoptics.com

The removable ear pads in Bern's Watts EPS multisport helmet mean you can use it all year. $90; bernunlimited.com

Sunglasses

STYLISH, FUNCTIONAL SHADES FOR ALL CONDITIONS AND PURSUITS

Sunglasses

1. COSTA DEL MAR PUMPHOUSE
Whether you're playing in the snow or water, these modern aviators annihilate glare and let your eyes relax—plus Costa's new 580 Silver Mirror optics (copper here) provide striking clarity, as only glass lenses can. $209 costadelmar.com

2. KAENON POLARIZED BASIS
With classic styling and gray lenses, the Basis is great for driving or just rambling around town. Planning a fly-fishing detour? Polarization means you can go straight from street to stream.$299 kaenon.com

3. TIFOSI TORRENT
The cold shouldn't keep you from cycling, but fogged eyewear just might. No worries with the Torrent: Ventilated lenses nix condensation, and a hydrophilic rubber nosepiece and temples grip the sweatiest skin. $60 tifosioptics.com

4. OAKLEY SPIKE
The Spike offers not just Terminator looks but huge coverage, including the best peripheral view of the bunch, plus the lenses filter out 100 percent of all UV rays, not just UVA and UVB. $200 oakley.com

5. RUDY PROJECT MASTERMIND
Not only do the gray photochromic ImpactX lenses in these svelte shades automatically adjust to changing light and preserve natural color; their military-grade plastic is also designed specifically to bend but never break. $170 e-rudy.com

6. SMITH PROPHET
Behind the Prophet's slick exterior beats the heart of a geek: Easily swap out lenses to match conditions with a twist of the temple; rose-colored lenses enhance depth perception on the slopes. $149 smithoptics.com

Watches

SIX WATCHES THAT BLUR THE LINE BETWEEN WORK AND PLAY

Sunglasses

 

1. OCEANUS MANTA
Don't let its refined looks fool you. The solar-powered Manta is packed with technical breakthroughs, including the ability to sync itself with an atomic clock six times a day. $1,095 oceanus-us.com

2. VICTORINOX CHRONO CLASSIC XLS MT
With two LCD windows, this timepiece packs far more functions than its sleek appearance would suggest, including a chronograph, alarm, and perpetual calendar all operated by a single crown. $1,095 swissarmy.com

3. TISSOT T-TOUCH EXPERT
It's like an iPhone for your wrist. The touchscreen/face controls an altimeter, thermometer, and compass, among other functions. $995 ttouch.com

4. CITIZEN ECO-DRIVE PERPETUAL CALENDAR
Constantly having to change the date is an annoyance of the past with this looker; a perpetual calendar takes care of that for you. Nor do you have to worry about swapping batteries. The subdials double as a solar panel that works even in low-light conditions. $550 citizenwatch.com

5. LUMINOX 1400
This one might look mild-mannered, but Luminox supplies watches for the Navy SEALs, so durability isn't optional. The waterproof 1400 has a steel bracelet and an antireflective curved sapphire for maximum visibility. $800 luminox.com

6. TIMBERLAND STEPROCK
With its stainless-steel casing and rubber strap, this watch is meant to take a beating. But the multifunction face—with chronograph, alarm, date, timer, and 24-city bezel for tracking time around the world—ensures it's equally suited for international "working" holidays. $235 timberland.com

Après Styles for Men

Apres Styles for Men
 

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Helly Hansen's cotton Shelter Shirt. $60; hellyhansen.com

With reclaimed-fleece innards and a wool exterior, Patagonia's Quilt Again Jacket is all you need on cool fall days. $120; patagonia.com

Days getting colder? Horny Toad's down-filled Tornado Vest is a good choice. $150; hornytoad.com

All the women in the office gave Quiksilver's perfectly faded Norpac Jeans the thumbs-up. $70; quiksilver.com

The big frames on Dragon's Brigade Sunglasses amp the attitude while the polarized lenses kill glare. $115; dragonalliance.com.

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Nau's organic-cotton Polo-Tariat Long Sleeve Stripe Shirt. $95; nau.com

With its DWR coating and hood, Oakley's poly-cotton Tanker Jacket fends off light snow easily. $135; oakley.com

Holden's hemp-and-twill Dischord Jacket might look casual, but it's 100 percent waterproof. $330; holdenouterwear.com

Lucky's Vintage Straight Corduroy Jeans. $88; luckybrandjeans.com

With hydrophilic nose pads and temples and polarized lenses, Ryders' Tarmac Sunglasses offer plenty of bang for the buck. $70; ryderseyewear.com.

Men's Après Shoes

FROM PLUSH TO BOMBER, THE BEST OFF-SLOPE FOOTWEAR WE COULD FIND

Mens Apres Shoes

 

1. MERRELL MELBOURNE
$90 Need a winter performance shoe/barhop moc/ "Fetch some more wood, honey" slipper? This one's got it dialed: secure fit with slide-in ease, full faux-fur innards, tough toe box, and grabby outsole. merrell.com

2. PATAGONIA MAUI MID
$75 After a day in viselike race boots, nothing felt better than stepping into these marshmallowy, fleece-lined numbers. That's not corduroy up top; it's water-resistant pigskin. But they're far from porky. patagonia.com

3. TIMBERLAND FROZEN COAST MID BOOT
$120 This slip-on has an extremely relaxed fit, an upper of waterproof felt and suede, and a wraparound rubber outsole. The SmartWool footbed and lining make for superior warmth, comfort, and wicking. timberland.com

4. UGG AUSTRALIA WORLEY
$150 Why sacrifice style in the slop? The vintage design of these soft leather brogans belies their comfort and winter cred. At the forefoot and heel, you'll find thick sheepskin lining on the inside, grippy rubber patches on the outside. uggaustralia.com

5. CLARKS IRONHEAD
$110 You can always count on Clarks for all-day comfort and utility; their shoes immediately feel broken-in yet provide plenty of support. Here, trad leather looks combine with a springy sole for a do-it-all four-season boot. clarksusa.com

6. TECNICA MONTANA II WOOL SD
$260 Rock the cowboy look all winter. Oiled suede, synthetic-shearling insulation, and a classic hiking-sole lug pattern handle the snow, and a side zip and button closure make donning and doffing a cinch. tecnicausa.com

Winter-Ready Tech Products

SERIOUSLY FUN GADGETRY TO ENHANCE YOUR ACTIVE LIFESTYLE

Winter Ready Tech Products
 

1. PENTAX OPTIO W60
Not only is this 10MP digicam waterproof down to 13 feet; it operates at subfreezing temperatures. Add HD movie capture, a 5x wide-angle zoom, and a glare-proof screen (seriously) and you've got the ultimate adventure point-and-shoot. $330 h2ocamera.com

2. SLACKER G2
Grab this digital radio and hit Slacker.com's intuitive interface to choose from more than 100 free stations or progressively customize your own. (It works.) Playlists upload via Wi-Fi or your computer. 25 or 40 stations; $250 slacker.com

3. CREATIVE VADO
An iPod-size, rechargeable videocam with a pop-out USB plug, the three-ounce Vado features a 2x digital zoom, 2GB of memory, and up to two hours of recording. Sniff at the 640-by-480 resolution all you want; it looks great on a computer. $100 creative.com

4. PANASONIC SDR-SW20
Retro in looks only, waterproof down to five feet, and built to take a fall. After hours of testing this camcorder on Colorado's Upper Animas River, we had only two wishes: that it was hi-def and had a smoother zoom. $400 panasonic.com

5. ALTEC LANSING ORBIT
The best "It's so cute!" speaker we've tested yet. This 360-degree-sound unit boasts shock resistance, 24 hours of playback, and incredibly loud, clear audio for its size. $40 alteclansing.com

6. LG DECOY
This slick slider phone integrates a nice detachable Bluetooth earpiece in back, a 2MP camera, music and video downloads via V Cast, and plenty of Web-based bells and whistles. $370 lgdecoy.com.

Winter Hats

KEEP YOUR EARS WARM THIS WINTER

Winter Hats

 

1. SPACECRAFT TITAN
It's got a story as cool as its looks. This mild-weather, 100-percent-acrylic beanie was handwoven at a family-run co-op in the mountains of Bali. $25 spacecraftclothing.com

2. BULA ACTION BEANIE
If we had an eco-award, the Action would win it. It's half bamboo and half wool, and the natural coloring is free of artificial dyes. $28 bulabula.com

3. ARC'TERYX BILLI BRIM HAT
The thick knit of this acrylic-and-wool hat is so stretchy, it could accommodate even Seth Rogen's 'fro. $35 arcteryx.com

4. PISTIL BEATRIX
It might look like it came straight from your grandma's knitting basket, but this chunky acrylic hat has a fleecy liner that bolsters its warmth. $28 pistildesigns.com

5. COAL THE FREEZIN'
Can't find the hat you wore as a kid? This eighties-inspired acrylic lid is the next best thing. $20 coalheadwear.com

6. DOHM-ICEBOX SUPER SOFT BEANIE
Handcrafted on an antique knitting machine in Boulder, Colorado, this mostly merino-wool beanie has a soft and fleecy headband liner. $31 dohmhats.com

7. OUTDOOR RESEARCH SONIC BEANIE
This low-profile skullcap fits perfectly beneath a ski helmet, and its 98 percent windproof earflaps are membrane-free, so you won't feel like you're wearing earplugs. It's the warmest, most technical hat here. $26 outdoorresearch.com

8. CHAOS BARA
This knitted baseball cap is made from 100 percent organic cotton and comes with tie-down earflaps. If you're cautious enough to wonder whether or not you can pull this off, you probably can't. $24 chaoshats.com

Women's Slope Styles

Womens Slope Styles
 

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I/O Biocompatibles' jersey-knit Uni LS Crew is as soft as merino wool can be. $80; io-bio.com

Special Blend's insulated, waterproof Saga Jacket has a detachable hood. $180; special-blend.com

Burton's Fly Pants are insulated and waterproof. When you get too warm, crack the thigh vents. $140; burton.com

Dakine's lightweight, leather Torino Glove is perfect for warmer days. $40; dakine.com

Smith's Intrigue Helmet has faux-fur ear pads and trim and a removable, washable mesh liner. $120; smithoptics.com

The scratch- and fog-resistant lenses on Anon's Solace Goggles aren't interchangeable, but the straps are. $140; anonoptics.com

Forum's 144–154cm SuperStar Snowboard is an all-mountain ripper, with a deep, responsive sidecut and softer flex than the company's men's boards. Pair it with Forum's women-specific and quick-to-adjust VSP Bindings for the perfect do-it-all setup. $480, $200; forumsnowboards.com

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Fuzzy and fitted, Kjus's slightly retro Dras Graphic Knitted Jacket is made from lamb's wool, angora, and nylon. $179; kjus.com

Merrell's Spruce Pants are slope-worthy (waterproof and breathable) and, thanks to a low-rise cut and stylish back pockets, extremely flattering. $130; merrell.com

Dakine's Knitwit Hat is mostly wool, with a fleece band. $30
Deep pockets and a front zipper that extends well past your chin ensure you'll stay extra cozy in Kjus's 550-fill Val Down Jacket. $429

VonZipper's Chakra Goggles have just enough bling to turn heads. More important, their dual-layer, spherical anti-fog­ lens presents the mountain in high-def. $115; vonzipper.com

Après Styles for Women

Apres Styles for Women
 

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While we wouldn't wear Athleta's nordic-inspired cotton Slalom Sweater cross-country skiing, it's a no-brainer for just about any other activity. $89; athleta.com

Merino wool with a touch of stretchy, spandex-like material makes I/O Biocompatible's Women's Signature Track Pant comfy enough for curling up by the fireplace, but it's also flattering enough for wandering around town. A zippered stash pocket means you can leave your purse at home. $100; io-bio.com

With fully taped seams, sweater-like cuffs, and a faux-fur lining, Volcom's waterproof wool-and-polyester Galena Insulated Parka will keep you dry and cozy all winter. $250; volcom.com

Badgley Mischka Couture Eyewear's Boyd Sunglasses have unbreakable titanium frames and deliver 100 percent UV protection. Their gray gradient lenses are just dark enough for bluebird days. $495; samaeyewear.net

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Mountain Hardwear's moisture-wicking and shape-holding Lightweight Power Stretch Long Sleeve Crew is perfect for aerobic activities like snowshoeing but stylish enough for the bar. $60; mountainhardwear.com

Royal Robbins' brushed-nylon-and-Lycra Avani Pants have an adorable cut and feel finer than silk. $65; royalrobbins.com

In colors like "sugarplum" and "lavender," Scapegoat's girly-but-technical Sadie Vest has DWR-coating, PrimaLoft insulation, and a scrunch-down-around-your-face hood. $225; scapegoatbrand.com

Coal's Jacquard-woven Nordic Hat's soft acrylic threads eliminate the typical beanie-induced itch. $25; coalheadwear.com

Badgley Mischka Couture Eyewear's Otis Sunglasses offer the same features as above, in a different frame.

Merrell's waterproof and wool-lined Puffin High Boots kept testers' feet dry and warm during a slushy afternoon at Whistler. $150; merrell.com

Women’s Après Shoes

SIX STYLISH OPTIONS FOR COLD WEATHER

Women’s Apres Shoes

 

1. HELLY HANSEN SKULD
$150 Trade your ski socks for the 14-inch Skuld's faux-fur lining. These leather boots with knee-high laces are as appropriate for the concrete jungle as they are for après in Sun Valley. hellyhansen.com

2. KEEN WINTHROP CLOG
$85 Don't be afraid to venture outside in Keen's Winthrop leather clogs. These rugged kicks grip icy sidewalks with ease, and the naturally water-resistant boiled-wool lining keeps your toes dry. keenfootwear.com

3. MERRELL LILY
$140 Head downtown in these ankle-high leather boots. They've got beauty and brains: A memory-foam forefoot eases pressure, and a Vibram sole can tackle unsure footing, even in a blizzard. merrell.com

4. CROCS NANOOK
$50 This isn't your grandma's garden shoe. The velvety Nanook slipper doesn't have the ergonomic design that made the brand a phenomenon, but they're cute enough to wear snuggling with a strapping beau by the fireplace. crocs.com

5. PATAGONIA STUBAI WATERPROOF
$160 Witness the second coming of plastic soda bottles in the Stubai. The partially recycled fleece lining keeps feet warm when the mercury drops, and the ingenious outer soles have paper-thin slits that afford suction-cup-like traction on slick snow and ice. patagonia.com

6. SIMPLE TOEMALE
$85 Go green and slip into the comfy, fleece-lined, organic-hemp Toemale. The tough rubber tread is cut from a car tire. simpleshoes.com

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