There's nothing in the world as exciting as going on a snow holiday. From the moment you start planning your trip, everything from choosing your dates, getting a crew together, booking your ski accommodation and buying your new gear is part of the overall hype leading up to the moment when you're standing on the slopes.
It's important to get the right gear to keep you safe. Each and every year there is more modern, technologically advanced gear being launched onto the market to choose from. As well as being safe and performing well however, we sometimes like our kit to be a bit different. Whether it be a crazy print, a new design or just the brightest colour possible, it's fun to be as sartorially adventurous on your snow holiday as you're being physically.
This season brands have brought new designs, as well some old styles from the retro trends of your parent's photo albums. O’Neill’s retro ski collection has the colour blocking stylings of past decades, with the crucial technology of the here and now, while Smith's flashy neon goggles are hiding some truly astonishing sense changing tech.
Intrigued? We guarantee you’ll be the brightest and boldest person on the slopes after reading this.
O’Neill 88′ Shred Bib Ski Pants
For: ‘The Fashion One’ In The Group
These bib pants from the O’Neill retro ski collection are bang on trend and the kind of stuff our neon ski dreams are made of.
Made from fully recycled materials (good work O’Neill!) they mix bright designs that look like they’ve been dropped straight from their heritage lines, with modern silhouettes and flattering cuts, that bring the whole look up to date, without losing any of its fun impact.
What’s best about these bib pants is that you can finally rock the 80’s dad vibes, without the 80’s performance. With 10k waterproof and 10k breathable material and critically taped seems for Firewall insulation, you might look like you should be enjoying an Aperol in 1988, but the pant's performance will be 100 per cent circa 2018.
Women's Burton Mossy Maze Jacket
For: "The Cool One" In The Group
We could pretend that the best thing about this jacket is it's premium waterproofing, we could pretend that it's the 80G Thermolite insulation but, while these things are great, we'd be lying. The best thing about this jacket is that it will make you look like snowboarding's answer to Ryan Gosling in Drive. It's just, so, cool.
Burton have a long and concrete history of offering women's collections that are as badass and hard wearing as the men's and this jacket is no exception. The hardworking material offers heavy duty performance, while the clever style and design looks less like a technical jacket and more like something you might wear with jeans on the street.
Smith ChromaPop Goggles
For: "The Neon One" In The Group
It's difficult to justify spending hundreds of pounds on something as small as goggles at the best of times, but when you've just parted with a few hundred big ones for a holiday on the slopes, spending this much more can feel criminal.
Smiths high end goggles are not the most expensive on the market, but they're certainly not the cheapest either. Using the I/O goggles for the first time however, its easy to see where the extra dollar goes. The ChromaPop lenses are easy to change and highly reactive to light, with a technology that outstrips many other more expensive brand's lenses.
Not only do these goggles offer some of the best from the new breed of high-def lenses, Smith's aesthetic is clean and cool. With it's bright white strap and wide lense, you have total clarity on the slopes and look good.
Protest Bells Snowboots
For: "The Cosy One" In The Group
It's easy to forget that you need to wear anything other than ski and snowboard boots when you're in the mountains, but as much as you need a good pair of shoes for the slopes, you're going to need a seriously sturdy pair for the rest of the time off the slopes also.
These snow boots from Protest are the perfect style to take you from the chalet to the bar in the evening. The soles are made from rubber that is designed to grip the snowy and icy ground and keep you upright, even when you're a few Pêche Mel Bush down. With an ankle high upper and faux fur lining, your feet will stay dry and warm, no matter how much it's dumping outside.
Eider Rocker Pant
For: "The Skier" In The Group
These trousers may be described as 'lady resort skiers' on Eider's website, but do not be fooled, they're more than capable of taking on the gnarliest of riding.
The Eider Rocker Pant's areas of expertise are in it's waterproofness and breathability, with 20k/20k Defender membrane and E-loft insulation. Carve deep turns, table the moguls and stay on the slopes all day long, these bright bright beauties have got your back (and legs) no matter how wet or cold it might be outside.
Hippy Hill OOSC Ski Suit
For: "The Wacky One" In The Group
There's always one person on a ski trip who sartorially outdoes the rest. If you get this ski suit, there's no doubt that this time that person will be you.
"Each and every year there is more modern, technologically advanced gear being launched onto the market to choose from"
The Hippy Hill suit from OOSC is completely ridiculous in the best way. The suit's neon tie dye pattern is sure to get you noticed and it's secret goggle pocket, heat vents and lift pass pocket make it perfect for a day of causing and Apres Ski.
If you're planning a gnarly day of mountain exploration however we'd suggest choosing something a little more performance focused, perhaps not one for split boarding or off piste thrills..
Burnt Custard Turk & Arctic White Base Layer
For: "The Techy One" In The Group
Founded by two action sports lovers on a ski season, Burnt Custard is the perfect story of good products made by good people. This company concentrates on making base layers that are designed specifically with snow lovers in mind and making them well.
This top and pants base layer outfit is made of 100 per cent Meryl microfibre and reduces recovery time and muscle soreness through its clever compression technology. Along with its high end sun protection and awesome design, it's basically as perfect as a base layer can get.
O'Neill Reissue Beanie
For: "The Retro One" In The Group
A hat to be seen in. This beanie's bright colour tone, huge logo and neon pom pom will ensure that your mates will never lose you on the mountain.
From O'Neill's retro ski collection, this hat is just another way to rock this season's ironic eighties style without having to root through your dad's old gear. As well as these colours, this style also comes in darker tones, for the slightly less attention seeking among us.
St Moritz Jacket
For: "The Chic One" In The Group
It may not be a bright as the other items on this list, however this St Moritz Jacket from Eider is bang on the current sporty-chic trend.
Made from high end material, this jacket is constructed with the upmost care to ensure that it keeps the wearer as warm as necessary, while keeping to a design that gives a streamlined silhouette.
This jacket is one of the brand's best performing items in stretch and bend, meaning you will all the freedom of movement that skiing requires, with a super high end look.
Protest Carmacks Snowpants
For: "The Snowboarder" In The Group
The Protest Carmacks snowpants are an exciting combo of style and technical wear and come in a variety of solid colours. They’re sturdy, bold and cool.
Part of the PVRE series, this purple snow pants provide 20K protection and a high quality level that guarantees great long term performance. The fully taped regular fit Carmacks snowpants withstands 20k mm of water pressure, along with waterproof safeguards, making them perfect for any boarder.
Fashionable, individual and practical, we can't fault any part of these nifty trouser's design.