“Are you a YouTuber?!?” exclaimed the kid on the lift as he passed over my friend and co-writer Steve—who happened to be rocking a neon yellow and pink one-piece ski suit from Tipsy Elves. Last I checked, he wasn’t.
However, that was only the tip of the iceberg, as this bold number turned Steve into a walking photo shoot. First there was the fellow onesie wearer who needed a selfie. Then there where the bachelorette party ladies insisting on a pic to commemorate the day. And then there was the cougar who snapped a shot at the bar in a full embrace, including her leg wrapped around his thigh.
Talk about an attention grabber. And it got us thinking: If a flashy onesie could create such a buzz, what other items could help turn the average sk’rider into a mountain rock star? Here’s what we found…
Tipsy Elves Men’s Alpine Explorer Jacket ($75): You’ll feel like TJ from Aspen Extreme the second you put this jacket on. But can you ski like him? Either way the Alpine Explorer will certainly turn heads on the slopes. From the ’80s colors to the collar that looks perennially popped, you’ll be crushing the pow and the ladies all day long.
All About Après Facet Ski Co. Shotski ($199): Shotskis are always a slopeside hit and you’ll make instant friends with this one. Crafted specifically for All About Après by custom ski company Facet Ski Co, this ski’s construction is solid and the graphics depict an epic après scene. So clip the included shot glass boots in, fill them to the double-black diamond level and drink like the king of mountain.
Vuarnet Ice ($270 to $330): You need a sharp pair of shades to rock while you chill on the deck sipping bevvies. They might as well be technical, too. Vuarnet’s mineral glass lenses are durable and keep your eyes safe from the sun shining off the snow. The side shields provide even more protection—and one-of-a-kind retro style, of course.
Smith The Comeback ($139): Looking for more of an AC Slater vibe with your sunnies? Revive the ’90s with these tangerine-tinged ChromaPop-powered beauties from Smith and you’re sure to be saved by the bell. They’re available in a few different retro styles to suit the needs of your whole crew, too.
Whiski Poles ($129): Poles are a must for skiers, and who doesn’t pack a flask to help warm the soul on a cold lift? Put the two together and you’ve got your own pair of Whiski Poles. No joke. These poles are legit and conform to actual ski pole standards. They just happen to be able to transport 16 total ounces (8 per pole) of your adult beverage for easy access on the mountain. Après all day, indeed.
Falke Long Sleeve Tight ($137.50): Rest assured, any garment that makes you look like a Mission: Impossible operative will not go gentle into that good night. So it is that this performance-oriented first layer from Falke will not only wick moisture to keep you sk’riding hard, but also it’ll let the bartender know that if you have to wait too long for your Bloody Mary things might get, well, bloody.
Helly Hansen LIFA Merino Max 1/2 Zip ($100): Olympics have you feeling super patriotic? Pick up this red, white and blue mid-layer and you’ll be all set to cheer the USA—or France, or Great Britain, or Australia, or New Zealand, or Helly Hansen’s home country of Norway—on to winter sports victory. Oh, and don’t worry: One hundred percent merino wool will keep you feeling toasty and dry no matter the situation.
Airblaster Men’s Classic Ninja Suit ($120): If you happen to strip down to your skivvies after a long day of shredding you’re going to create a scene regardless. However, if you’re wearing the collaboration one-piece that Portland-based Airblaster did with iconic snowboard brand Gnu, you’ll stand out even more. Hot pink, purple and blue blend together for maximum après impact.
Dakine Phantom Gore-Tex Glove ($100): Are you the type of adrenaline junkie who feels the need for speed on and off the mountain? If so, this glove just might be for you. Because with its full-leather shell and palm panel, PrimaLoft insulation, Gore-Tex insert and zipper cuffs, it’s equally at home shredding the slopes or gripping the handlebars of a revved-up motorcycle. Take your pick.
Vans by Smartwool Snowboard Socks ($25 to $26): Hawaiian shirts stand out and so will these warm-weather inspired socks. Vans chose wisely when they partnered with Smartwool, whose expertly crafted socks are comfortable and insanely durable. However, it’s the palm tree pattern that will flip lids once you kick your boots off to relax by the fire in the lodge.
686 Men’s Hot Lap Denim Insulated Bib ($280): Those who ski in jeans definitely garner attention, usually in a bad way. However, this technical bib which will do so in a good way. Bibs are back, baby—and sure to keep you feeling warm and stylish throughout the day.
Cotopaxi Quito Scarf ($27): If you are going to accessorize, you might as well make a statement. The Quito, reminiscent of a soccer scarf, will do just that. It’s vibrant colors will up your style game while the soft material keeps your hella comfy, brah.
Smith I/O ($200): There’s a reason the I/O has been around just about as long as the iPhone. It’s just one beautiful, sk’rider-friendly goggle. The lens switchout system is as smooth as ever, and this Grape Split and Violet colorway will simultaneously make waves on the mountain and, we can only imagine, grant you safe passage through Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.
Oakley Airbrake XL Harmony Fade ($250): Bright makes right. Enter the new Harmony Fade Collection by Oakley. Made with all the precision and quality that Oakley is known for, these goggs will be rocked by snow stars Mikaela Shiffrin and Chloe Kim as they descend on the Pyeongchang Olympics. Talk about making a statement.
Tipsy Elves Tree Splitter Ski Suit ($225): When it comes to onesies, Tipsy Elves is pretty tough to beat. They currently offer no less than 13 wild styles for men and eight for women, most of which are straight out of an ’80s ski flick. But if you’re looking for something a bit more, ahem, lumberjack-y, the Tree Splitter is loaded with surprising tech features like pit zips and a concealed storm hood—and ready to rock. Huge bushy beard optional.