Dressing for winter sports is all about personal style: what moves you and what you can move in. Sleek designs are timeless, and with innovative activewear and a winter wardrobe built on the classics, fashion and function meld seamlessly. For these three lovely athletes from Aspen, turning heads at the gondola plaza on an Ajax powder day is as effortless as a knee-deep Zaug’s run. Cropped puffer coats, roomy ski pants, and cute pom-pom hats are standout pieces that Aspen’s pro and local skiers commonly covet. And when it comes to hats, these ladies wear many: They moonlight as environmental advocates, restaurateurs, and architects when they’re not shredding the slopes. Valerie Alexander Yaw, Darcy Conover, and Katrina DeVore—our notable local skiers—combine rich neutrals such as camel, cream, and tan with classic black and white for a look that fits their ski styles and lifestyles.
On Valerie (LEFT): Down jacket, Bogner ($799). Gorsuch, 419 E. Cooper Ave., 970-925-7576. Black shirt, Majestic ($120). O2 Aspen, 500 W. Main St., 970-925-4002. Ski pants, Authier ($623). Performance Ski, 408 S. Hunter St., 970-925-8657. Stella pom hat, Skea ($117).Pomeroy Sports, 614 E. Durant Ave., 970-925-7875. Glasses, Valerie’s own. Gloves, Black Diamond ($49.95). Hamilton Sports, 502 E. Durant Ave., 970-925-1200
On Darcy (MIDDLE): Ascona jacket ($650), Davos pants ($160), chunky pom hat ($35), and flurry gloves ($80), Marmot. 210 S. Galena St., 970-925-7719
On Katrina (RIGHT): Tabita jacket, Toni Sailer ($1,080). Performance Ski, 408 S. Hunter St., 970-925-8657. Racer pants, Skea ($284). Pomeroy Sports, 614 E. Durant Ave., 970-925-7875. Stella pom hat, Skea ($117). Pomeroy Sports, see above. Goggles, Oakley ($150). Pomeroy Sports,SEE ABOVE. Gloves, Black Diamond ($49.95). Hamilton Sports, 502 E. Durant Ave., 970-925-1200
Hometown: Rye, New York
Occupation: General manager, Brexi Brasserie
On a powder morning you’ll find me: At least one of the first 15 people in line for the gondola at Ajax Mountain. Then later in the dumps, if you can keep up!
Favorite ski look: Marmot’s new women’s Omm jacket is bright and keeps me warm on the slopes because it’s waterproof, breathable, has pit zips, and a powder skirt.
Must-have item when skiing: My iPod and my lip balm
Most embarrassing ski fashion faux pas: The pants of my vintage stretch one-piece splitting while dancing at Highland’s closing-day party!
Après-ski spot: 39 Degrees at the Sky Hotel
Après-ski drink of choice: Margarita
First ski memory: Skiing on Easter in April the pouring rain with my family (all wearing garbage bags for protection) at Buttermilk in Massachusetts
Valerie Alexander Yaw
Occupation: Landscape architect and principal at Bluegreen
On a powder morning you’ll find me: In the dumps, on Ajax
Favorite ski looks: Authier and Frauenschuh
Must-have item when skiing: Boot heaters and a lanyard for my season pass
Après-ski spot: Sky Hotel or Ajax Tavern.
Après-ski drink of choice: A margarita, always
Favorite ski film: Anything with Chris Davenport
First ski memory: Lessons (as an adult) from my patient and loving husband, Fletcher Yaw, a retired pro skier born and raised in Aspen. He taught me how to ski 10 years ago
Ski pro you most admire: My husband, of course. Chris Davenport is a close second.
What next: We’re expecting a baby, and I’m looking forward to smooth top-to-bottoms on Ajax... all winter long!
Occupation: I graduated with a degree in
environmental studies, and during peak season I
On a powder morning you’ll find me: Shredding
powder on Ajax.
Favorite ski look: I like loose-fitting comfortable
practical gear and retro skiwear.
Must-have item when skiing: I always wear a
helmet. A booster strap on my boots is also
key—helps prevent shin bang.
Après-ski spot: The Aspen Brewing Company for a
Strawberry Blonde (a combination of Conundrum
red ale and This Season’s Blonde ale). Did I mention
that strawberry blondes have the most fun!?
Favorite ski film: Aspen Extreme. Look for me in
the scene where Dexter is Santa Claus. I’m the
kid in the purple jumpsuit.
Ski pro you most admire: My brother, Niki. He’s
a wonderful human being who happens to be a