Longtime local John Gates knows a thing or two about skiing. Born and bred in The Roaring Fork Valley, Gates has taken his love for all things skiing and snowboarding to the shelves of Jet Set. As manager and buyer for the iconic, international brand, he divulges his insider knowledge on looking great on the slopes.
Top Ski Trends of 2013:
1. A Pop of Color: People love wearing bright colors and prints, because let's face it, skiing and boarding is fun!
2. Timeless Pieces: This year I’m seeing another aspect of ski fashion: elegance. A lot less prints, like camouflage and plaid, and richer, solid colors. The 'classic' pieces you need to update once a decade are showing up from almost every designer.
3. Head-to-Toe Wool: On par with this 'classic elegant' trend is a lot of wool. Thanks to waterproofing technology, companies are using wool on technical outer layer pieces, not just on sweaters and socks anymore.
4. Sexed Up Down: Although down is a little warm for me to ski in, I understand the appeal. With so much technology in fabrics these days, you would think that down would be a thing of the past, but there is no comparison to being wrapped up in a big puffy coat sitting on the chairlift during a snowstorm. One thing that has really changed with down puffy coats is they are getting sexier. No more marshmallow man—down jackets are shaped and fitted.