What to Pack for a Ski Trip to Aspen, Colorado

I just got back from my first trip to Aspen and it may just be my new favorite mountain destination in the world. With chic hotels, incredible restaurants and bars, endless winter activities like skiing, sledding, and cozying by the fireplace, there’s no better winter vacation than Aspen, Colorado.

But, as fun as a ski weekend in Aspen is, packing for a mountain getaway (especially if you, like me, are used to warm-weather destinations and generally only pack bikinis), can be stressful! Not to mention Aspen is the chicest-of-the-chic. I mean, seriously, is everyone here a supermodel? When I was in town, Kim Kardashian and Kanye were casually sipping hotty toddy’s in The Hotel Jerome, while Kate Hudson and Katie Perry were skiing down Aspen Mountain. 

Aspen is heaven for celebrities and the international jet-set, so you’re going to want to dress like one while you’re in town.

LET’S GET PACKING, why don’t we!

What to wear in Aspen:

Look guys I hate buying winter clothes. After all, it’s WAY more fun to spend your entire paycheck on bikinis, right? But the amazing thing about winter clothes is they last for SO long. I wear coats I’ve had for 5+ years, and they’re still in such great shape. So, if you’re planning a mountain weekend, I highly recommend stocking up on a few great winter coats, a great ski outfit if you don’t already have one, and some warm-but-chic outfits for apres-ski.

Aspen is fur-central. You’re going to want a couple cute jackets to keep you warm and looking chic.

Apparis Goldie 4.0 Faux Fur Jacket in Noir

Moon River Sherpa SweaterMoon River Sherpa Sweater

Mackage Kay Jacket in Army

 

RtA Dawson Faux Fur Coat in Black

LAMARQUE Linnea Faux Fur Coat in Black

House of Harlow 1960 x REVOLVE Barrea Coat in Black

Janessa Leone Luca Hat in Black

 

MAJORELLE Tatiana Faux Fur Coat in Arctic Fox 

Apparis Celina 2.0 Faux Fur Coat in Camel

Generation Love Roxanne Faux Fur Vest in Black

EAVES Oakleigh Pullover in Alma Ecru Geo

 

AGOLDE Recycled Leather Fitted 90's in Detox

Toast Society Mars Puffer Jacket in Black

Alp N Rock Kaldi Belted Vest in Latte

This leopard fur jacket was everything. I received SO many compliments walking around town in this spotted showstopper.

I’m wearing a Small. Pictured here with my favorite thermal leggings (cannot recommend these leggings enough for staying warm in the freezing Aspen temperatures!!!) and the softest Ugg black snowboots, as well.

And this Majorelle one is SO DANG SOFT that everyone is going to want to snuggle you all day, and it looks great dressed up with a dress and tights, or dressed down with jeans or leggings. I’m wearing a Medium.

A cute winter hat

  

Adrienne Landau Fur Pom Pom Hat in White

jocelyn Alpaca Blend Hat in Camel

Lack of Color Teddy Bucket in Ivory

A great turtleneck bodysuit

I wear something like this under everything in Aspen.

n:philanthropy Brooke Turtleneck Bodysuit in White

Hat Attack Cashmere Slouchy Cuff Beanie with Faux Fur Pom in Black

Also obsessed with my new fur beanie – i wear it EVERYWHERE in the snow – on the slopes, to aprés, everything. Also loving these headbands/ear-warmers!

Hat Attack Cashmere Headband in Black

UGG Faux Fur Leopard Print Earmuff in Leopard

Chic winter dresses for Aspen:

Lovers and Friends Freja Mini Dress in Burgundy

L'Academie Sable Sweater Dress in Black

MINKPINK Haoma High Neck Knit Jumper in Ivory

CANADA GOOSE Inverness appliquéd ribbed wool turtleneck sweater

 

The cutest snow boots and booties for Aspen

Jeffrey Campbell Culvert Boot in Khaki Suede

Obsessed with everything Veronica Beard – and these white snow boots are no exception!

Veronica Beard Galina Boot in White & Snow

ALOHAS South Boot in Total Black

Moon Boot, $210

See By Chloe Verena Shearling Lined Boot in Tan

CHLOÉ + Moon Boot leather and wool-blend snow boots

Dolce Vita Huey Hiker Boot in Whiskey Nubuck

Also, if you’re planning on being in the snow (skiing, etc) you definitely need to pack some WOOL ski socks like these. Cotton FREEZES your feet – I made the mistake of forgetting these my first trip and my feet were basically frostbitten. These socks make such a difference. 

Ski clothes:

I’m a big fan of channeling snow bunny vibes in all-white ski clothes or rocking a bright ski suit that stands out on the slopes.

If you’re new to skiing (but want to look like a pro on the slopes) and are thinking “what do I wear skiing?” don’t worry. You came to the right place!

A basic ski outfit consists of thermal leggings (or full-foot-fleece-lined tights), ski socks, a ski suit (or ski pants plus a layer of sweaters or a warm workout jacket), and a ski jacket. If you’re planning on actually skiing down the slopes, you’ll also need ski goggles! You can rent all your ski gear (helmet, boots, skis, poles, etc) but you’ll definitely want to be prepared on the clothing front so you don’t freeze to death on the mountain!

DRAGON X1s mirrored ski goggles

DRAGON X1s mirrored ski goggles

Here are some of my favorite ski outfits to wear in Aspen:

The perfect base layer!!

PERFECT MOMENT Nordic intarsia merino wool bodysuit

This snow bunny white ski jacket is available to buy on Net-a-Porter here.

Erin Snow Kris striped bootcut ski pants

BOGNER Cari stretch ski salopettes

This is a great base layer ski suit (available on Amazon) to stay warm (but you’ll still need snow-proof ski pants and a ski jacket over it!)

The Cutest Ski Jackets:

In Aspen I was seeing two big trends on the slopes – A TON of metallics, and faux fur. AND I AM HERE FOR IT.

Moncler Aloes hooded belted quilted shell down jacket

CORDOVA The Zermatt Sweater in Cosmic Dust & Cloud

BOGNER FIRE+ICE Raissa hooded quilted padded ski jacket

Goldbergh Mae Vest in White

Love this vest by Goldbergh

I’ve been wearing this classic black with fur trim Ugg parka EVERYWHERE this winter – it’s amazing,  and SO warm. 

 

 

What to wear to après-ski, or cozy-ing around the lodge:

While most people go straight to après-ski from skiing, après in Aspen is anything but casual. You’ll want to plan ahead with a cute après outfit like one of these sweaters below, paired with your thermal leggings and snowboots!

NICHOLAS Cyd Rib Long Sleeve Onesie with Zip in Moss Obsessed with this winter-pine colored lounge suit – perfect for something to wear under ski clothes too!

Lovers and Friends Vela Lounge Jumpsuit in Nude

White + Warren Cashmere Ribbed Trim Turtleneck in Camel Heather

 

n:philanthropy Brooke Turtleneck Bodysuit in White

I have been wearing this turtleneck bodysuit all winter and almost every day in Aspen! It was so comfy, and fit great under my ski suits or under a little sweater or fur coat at night. It’s a must-buy for Aspen or winter in general!!!

If you’re not a bodysuit person, here’s a great turtleneck alternative 

WE NORWEGIANS Setesdal Fair Isle merino wool and cashmere-blend sweater

PERFECT MOMENT Star Dust intarsia merino wool turtleneck sweater

Another one of my favorite sweater finds this winter – this super cozy black sweater from Alo

Foxy Sherpa Jacket - Black--0

Full-foot fleece lined tights – a lifesaver!!

n:philanthropy Electric Jacket in Black Cat Schutz S-Heires Boot in Black 

TREASURE & BOND Braided Band Wool Fedora, Main, color, BLACK

Coach Lizzie Boot in Black

A.L.C. Desi Sweater in Black

What to wear in the hot tub

This Aspen bikini, of course!

Apres-ski sweaters

 

Perfect Moment Schild ski jumper

   

LoveShackFancy Harrison Wrap Jacket in Blue Canopy

Apres All Day Winter Sports Sweatshirt

 

Cute winter hats

I don’t know about you guys but the freezing cold mixed with altitude mixed with sweating all day on the slopes = a dire need for some cute winter hats on any mountain vacay. These are some of my favorites to stay warm and look chic in the mountains.

UGG All Weather Trapper Hat in Ivory

This black felt hat from Lulus just screams Aspen to me, anytime of year.

 

Canada Goose Ladies Aviator Hat in Black

Hat Attack Rib Lined Pom Hat in Rust

GLOVES!

Your hands will freeze without the best ski and snow gloves – here is what I wore while in Aspen

These Ugg gloves were great for going out during the day or night – they were actually even warmer than my ski gloves! I love the faux fur trim and the fact that you can text with them still on!

Hestra Womens Ski Gloves: Fall Line Leather Cold Weather Winter Gloves, Off White/Off White, 7

Hestra ski gloves – I love Hestra’s gloves and think they make the best gloves for skiing! These (combined with some trusty hand warmers) kept my hands so warm on the mountain!

Whatever you end up deciding to wear in Aspen, you’re going to have a great time! Enjoy the slopes!

XOXO,
JSC

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