Apres-Ski Attire Do's and Don'ts

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For some skiers, the apres-ski scene is just as important as their time on the slopes. Apres-ski attire can make or break your night. What should you wear? What shouldn't you wear?

Apres-Ski Clothing

Some skiers choose to stop at the apres-ski scene right after their last run, still wearing their ski clothes. However, spending the night in insulating layers, snow pants, and worst of all, ski boots, might not make for the most comfortable experience. Consider donning what you might wear for an ordinary night out, but keep in mind the cold weather. You also have the excuse to incorporate a few alpine pieces which you might not be able to get away with at home. Here is a selection of skiing clothes you can wear on and off the slopes. These accessories will add the finishing touch to your outfit.

What's Great to Wear for Apres-Ski

As important as fashion might be, your apres-ski clothes should be comfortable. Also, if you are coming right from the ski resort, it might be a good idea to remove a few of your layers It's likely that you're going to heat up quickly in a bar or restaurant.

  • Fleece: A nice fleece jacket is perfect for casual socializing after the last run of the day.
  • Vest: Whether it's fleece or down, a vest can be thrown over the most basic shirt and still look great. Vests are also practical because they can be easily removed if you feel too hot.
  • Sweater: Even if it's just a sweater that you ski in, a sweater is perfect for the apres-ski scene.
  • Stylish Hat: If you've ever lamented the replacement of hats for helmets on the ski slopes, then you'll be happy to know that apres-ski is a great place to break out a stylish hat. Not only does a hat coordinate your outfit, but it will keep you warm when you're out and about.
  • Ski Jacket or Soft Shell Jacket: Especially if your ski jacket fits well and looks modern, it's great to wear to an apres-ski event. However, if your ski jacket is too bulky to keep track of once you take it off, it might be a good idea to reserve it for the actual slopes.
  • Apres-Ski Boots: Don't be afraid to have a little freedom with apres-ski boots. Even if they might be a little too extreme for normal wear, funky boots are classically “apres-ski” and perfect for ski resort nightlife. Women's apres-ski boots can complete your outfit. It's a good idea for your apres-ski boots to be functional. If you're walking from the ski resort to the night club, warm and sturdy boots are a good idea. They may need an insulating layer and traction against slippery footing.

What’s Not so Great to Wear for Apres-Ski

  • Ski Accessories: It’s probably a good idea to leave your ski accessories behind. Ski goggles, ski helmets, ski masks, neck gaiters, and gloves are just too much for a night on the town.
  • Ski Suit: If you prefer to ski in a ski suit, don’t wear it for apres-ski. You’ll overheat, and removing the ski suit will just be an unnecessary hassle.
  • Heavily Insulated Snow Pants: If you have heavily insulated snow pants, don’t wear them for the apres-ski scene. Most likely, you’ll find yourself uncomfortable, as they’ll be too bulky and much too hot.
  • Ski Boots: After a long day of skiing, why spend unnecessary time in your ski boots? Indulge your feet and put on a comfortable pair of apres-ski boots. Plus, the uncomfortable “ski boot walk” is slightly unattractive and much too awkward in a tight crowd!