The secret to a successful après-ski session is, in addition to having a lined stomach, a change of outfit. So we suggest putting on something warm before propping up the town’s bar. There, you can knock back as many local beers and glühweins as possible and, if you’re up to it, join the incoherent alpine choir. We also suggest having a nap by the pool and a quick blitz in the sauna to sweat out the alcohol before dinner.
Remember two things at après-ski: temperature and pleasure. Without the former you won’t have the latter, and what’s the point in enjoying the former after a long day without being able to have your greatest comforts to hand, namely cigars. These three picks will do the trick – happy skiing.
Make up for those mediocre skills on the slopes by impressing everyone with your après-ski style, which involves a lot less physical coordination. Although Private White V.C.’s pea coat was inspired by activities at sea level, its tightly-woven woollen body and shearling collar easily translate to higher altitudes. Team with simple jeans and a pair of sturdy boots – like this pair from Gaziano & Girling – in case of icy surfaces.
For reasons ski-people can’t usually fathom, I can’t think of anything worse than hurtling down an ice-lined slope with nothing but two sticks to stop me breaking both legs in temperatures that anywhere else would be called dismal. Après-ski, however, I fully endorse, and advise being well-prepped for. Anderson & Sheppard‘s travel jacket has about four hundred pockets, so you can keep all the essentials close by: hip flask to get the party started, a pair of luxurious gloves, a ready-loaded Spotify playlist on your phone and some outrageous shades – something about the alpine setting makes them all the more acceptable. The eye cream is for the morning after.
When it comes to skiing, everyone likes to dress up. I’m all for wearing technical ski gear and attempting to look like a seasoned pro, but once the skis have been put away and après-ski nears, I want to be comfortable and warm, and luxurious knitwear is the sensible choice. A relaxed tailored jacket from Anderson & Sheppard rendered in a cashmere and Merino wool blend will look especially rakish with a neutral-toned roll neck beneath. Finally, you need to be careful in the mountains as the sun’s glare is deceivingly strong, so whack on some cool shades and you’re good to go.
Although some consider skiing an exhilarating sport involving icy black runs, moguls and fresh powder, I’m more of the kind who relish the long lunches and a decent vin chaud. That being said, one must still look the part. This padded jacket by Ka/Noa is both lightweight and warm, and the detachable sleeves make for a useful feature if the temperature picks up. Pair with a brightly coloured roll neck to add cheer and swap face-swamping goggles for more subtle, elegant shades. That way, your rusty skiing capabilities can remain anonymous a little longer.