From the chalet to the slopes, the latest ski and snowboard enhancements are on a new level of luxe.
As if the events in Sochi weren't incentive enough to plan one last ski trip this season, the latest and greatest in gear and accoutrements are. Glide down the slopes in style with the most impressive new ski and snowboard essentials. Heated chair lift, anyone?
Stylish Skis: Zai Nezza
Handmade in a centuries-old monastery in the Swiss Alps, Nezza (which means blade or sword) features a unique cut-away design that reduces the weight of the ski without sacrificing speed-demon length. A set weighs just 3.1 pounds and is made of carbon fiber composite materials. And even though they’re specifically made for hard slopes, even the fluffiest powder won’t slow you down.
Designer Decks: Etro
This year, Etro launched a limited-edition line of snowboards and skis sporting the Italian brand’s signature colorful paisley pattern. They’ll look equally good on the snow and slung over your shoulder.
Hot Seat: Canyon Resorts' Heated Chairlifts
Park City’s Canyons Resort introduced North America's first heated chair lift in 2010—and no ski area has been able to catch up since. The four-seater encloses passengers in an orange-tinted plastic “bubble” shield with heated seats that evokes the feeling of being inside a pair of goggles. It reaches a maximum temperature of 55 degrees while shooting you up the mountain.
High Tech Helmet: Casco SP-3 Edelholz
This sleek helmet not only looks cool—it uses real wood, an embroidered logo and a bolted metal emblem—it will also put a stop to your endless goggle-fiddling once and for all. Unlike other helmets that require you to adjust the size of your goggle strap and feed it through a clip, the European brand’s accompanying goggles snap into place effortlessly outside the helmet using magnets on both sides.
Haute Outerwear: Hermès
The luxury brand has been garnering applause for its men’s and women’s ski accessories since it launched almost 83 years ago. Blending fashion and function, this year’s collection features technical stretch canvas that adapts to your body’s temperature, and elegant touches like mink-lined collars and waterproof leather.
Essential Jacket: Moncler
Long a slope side favorite of everyone from Jackie Kennedy and Valentino to Sarah Jessica Parker and Kanye West, the heritage brand was born in the French Alps and became the official supplier of the French national downhill skiing team during the 1968 Winter Olympics. Today, the Moncler’s duvet jacket remains iconic, and collaborations with designers like Thom Browne, Nicolas Ghesquière, Junya Watanabe and Giambattista Valli make them sleek for the slopes and the streets.
Apres-Ski Spa Treatment: Topnotch Resort
This Stowe, Vermont resort got an elegant facelift over the summer, and the spa emerged even more serene and cozy than before. Book the Aroma Mountain Massage after a day on the slopes. First, choose a house-blended essential oil (we like the grapefruit-rose), then, lie back as your masseuse targets ache-y leg muscles. Trust us: It’s impossible not to drift off dreamily. You’ll go home with a vial of your aromatherapy oil to stretch your bliss further.