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.

FUR, FUR, and more FUR.

Aspen is fur-central. And I loved rocking these two chic faux fur coats while I was in town.

MAJORELLE Amora Coat in Mocha Brown

This Ugg 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.

(it’s the same one I wore in NYC here!)

Chic winter dresses for Aspen:

Lovers + Friends Simone Dress in Ink

The cutest snow boots and booties for Aspen

water and snowproof leather boots? Yes please.

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 long underwear, 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!

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

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

This bright red ski suit is even called “The Aspen Ski Suit” and the white stripes on the side and fitted belt make it SO freaking flattering you’re never going to want to take it off.

Available to buy on Net-a-Porter here (they also deliver next day directly to Aspen – so forget packing, you can send it right to your hotel!)

How freaking cure is this baby blue ski suit? It’s so perfect on the slopes paired with a cream or white thermal bodysuit like this one.

If you’re looking for a more affordable ski suit, I love this black one from TopShop – and it’s only $100!

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.

 

 

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What to wear in Aspen if you’re not planning on skiing but want to look chic af

What to wear to après-ski:

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!

White thermal bodysuit by Free People

All You Want Ivory Thermal Turtleneck Bodysuit

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 

Slide View: 1: Out From Under Theresa Turtleneck

Lovers + Friends Independent Sweater in Navy

HEARTLOOM Tilda Fur Jacket in Tawny

MAJORELLE Reed Sweater in Black

Another one of my favorite sweater finds this winter – this super cozy black shearling sweater from Revolve.

Apres-ski sweaters

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.

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

Plush Fleece-Lined Faux Fur Pom Pom Hat in Black

GLOVES!

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

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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,
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Check out this related post:

The Ultimate Aspen Travel Guide : Where to stay in Aspen, where to eat in Aspen & more

 

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