This has to be the last word in ski fashion, taken from a site called "The Good Life - for the Luxusry Lifestyle":
Planning a ski vacation? Remember that each of the top resorts has its own sense of style.
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Several of the world’s best ski resorts are clustered in the western part of the United States in the Rocky Mountains, the Tetons, and the Sierra Nevadas. Each provides skiers with their winter fixes of deep powder, enormous vertical, and cozy nights beside a warm fire. However, despite their proximity to one another, each maintains its own distinct personality. The terrain, the location, and the size of the town help to determine a resort’s personality, and what you wear on its slopes is an expression of it–from haute couture to hard core.
It is easy to spot Deer Valley’s director of skiing, Olympic gold-medalist Stein Eriksen, on the slopes. His Bogner ski outfit of the day is displayed on a mannequin just outside the Bjorn Stova ski shop in the lodge that bears Eriksen’s name. Eriksen is the epitome of the Deer Valley skier–clean-cut, good-looking, and well-dressed–as he glides across the resort’s immaculately groomed slopes with effortless grace. Even if you cannot ski like Stein does, you will be treated like a cele-brity at Deer Valley, so plan to dress like one. Pair your Bogner parka with a pair of all-mountain cruisers such as Völkl’s Carver Motion or Rossignol’s T-Power Viper X.
Lose the embroidered parka with the fur, but keep your fashion sense if you venture next door to the Park City Mountain Resort. Here, you will still want to look elegant, but you will also want skiwear with the latest technological features–such as an inside powder skirt, a detractable storm hood, or pockets for goggles and two-way radios. Nils delivers both for women, offering flattering silhouettes and feminine colors in technical fabrics. For men, Marker and Descente provide all the technical features in reds, yellows, blues, and other traditional colors. "Hats are out, helmets are in and are being purchased to match an outfit," says Pam Sandberg of Jan’s Mountain Outfitters in Park City.
Bring skis that can do double duty, models such as Atomic’s Beta Ride 11.20 or Völkl’s Vertigo G3 that you can wear in the far reaches of Jupiter Bowl as well as on the cruisers. On powder days, opt for Rossignol’s Bandit XXX.
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Telluride, Colo., boasts that it is conveniently located nowhere near the real world, yet this season it will be easier than ever to get to this exclusive ski town tucked into Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. The resort is increasing the number of flights to the Montrose airport (65 miles from the resort) by 47 percent, just in time to attract skiers to its new Prospect Bowl, which adds 733 acres and nearly doubles the size of the ski area.
Before booking a ticket, stock up on the latest high-tech skiwear from Arc’teryx or The North Face. "Layering dominates here, so opt for shells with little insulation or ones that have zip-in liners," says Michael Brown, owner of Paragon Ski and Sport in Telluride. Many of the serious 100-day skiers choose Arc’teryx for its superior functionality rather than its fashion, but you can still appreciate its lightweight fabric ,snappy colors, and sleek fit. The North Face clothing offers a roomier fit with all the necessary technical features, such as two-layer Gortex and fully taped seams.
"For gear, the ticket to Telluride is an all-mountain ski," says Telluride’s communications manager, Annie Kuhles. "You need a ski that can navigate powder-covered chutes, groomed cruisers, and bump runs." Völkl’s Vertigo G3 or Rossignol’s Bandit XX will serve that purpose.
Jackson Hole, Wyo., receives more than 500 inches of snow annually, features the longest vertical drop (4,139 feet) of any U.S. ski resort, and has a new boundary policy that lets skiers venture into the backcountry at their own risk. In Jackson, learning how to read the snowpack for avalanche danger is more important than having your ski pants match your jacket. It is a playground for hard-core skiers, with 50 percent of its terrain deemed expert. Show up at Jackson dressed for serious skiing–in Marmot, Spyder, local company Boulder Gear, or Patagonia, which locals affectionately refer to as "Pata Gucci"–and you will fit in just fine.
Fat skis such as Dynastar’s Intuitiv 74, Rossignol’s Bandit XX, and Volant’s T3 Power will get the job done on this mountain. Add a Boeri helmet or Digme hat, Croakies to hold your sunglasses in place, and a backpack outfitted with backcountry travel gear from LifeLink, and the look is complete.
Wall Street West
Vail, Colo., was built to resemble an Austrian ski village, but you will not find anyone wearing lederhosen here. Contrary to its reputation for flamboyance and flash, Vail attracts a more conservative, corporate-world crowd. "You often hear Aspen referred to as Hollywood, but Vail is Wall Street," says Kenny Friedman, owner of Kenny’s Double Diamond Ski Shop in Vail. Phenix, which blends a racer look with a relaxed silhouette, and Killy, with its traditional designs, are fashion staples on Vail’s sprawling seven-mile-wide Back Bowls.
While blue suits are not required to ski Vail’s back side on a powder day, all-mountain skis, which can easily go from powder to the groomed cruisers on the front side, are. Völkl’s Vertigo Motion, Volant’s Gravity Power, and Salomon’s Crossmax 10 Pilot are wise choices.
Hip To Be Squaw
At Squaw Valley’s High Camp, 8,200 feet above sea level, you can dine, ice-skate, night ski, go snow tubing, or even take a dip in the heated lagoon-style pool and hot tub, which opens in March during the spring ski season. But the biggest attraction is the impressive 360-degree view of the Sierra Nevadas and the Caribbean blue Lake Tahoe.
Squaw attracted the world’s attention in 1960 when it hosted the first televised Winter Olympics, and today the resort draws a regular crowd of hard-working, hard-playing skiers from the Bay Area (195 miles away). More than 70 percent of Squaw’s terrain is dedicated to beginners and intermediates, but Squaw’s true die-hards head for the vast acreage and 2,000 vertical feet of steeps and cliffs off KT-22.
Squaw skiers also like to take risks with their skiwear. "The best athletes ski and snowboard here, and they are decked out in the hippest stuff," says Katja Dahl, media manager for Squaw Valley. Some locals even coordinate their hair color with their gear, while the weekend crowd opts for cutting-edge clothing like Salomon’s new line, which features a four-way stretch fabric in colors with names such as ray and lagoon. "Prada Sport is popular with the San Francisco set," says Tracy Burton of the PlumpJack sport shop in Squaw Valley. "But the locals may say it’s a bit much." And no visitor wants to be scorned by the locals.