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 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, and a great ski outfit if you don’t already have one.
FUR, FUR, and more FUR.
Aspen is fur-central. And I loved rocking these two chic faux fur coats while I was in town.
This Ugg leopard fur jacket was everything. I received SO many compliments walking around town in this spotted showstopper.
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.
You’re definitely going to want a pair of snowboots if you’re traveling to Aspen anytime November-April. The roads are slippery and icey, and snowboots are NECESSARY!!! Especially because Aspen is so cute and walkable and you’re going to want to be walking around town a lot!
These are the snowboots that I wore and LOVED. They are super soft and I wore them every day of my trip. They’re lightweight and not too bulky to pack, plus they’re waterproof and made for snow so they’re great for getting you to the mountain, or to a nice dinner out, without having to ruin your nice boots in the process.
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 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!)
In Aspen I was seeing two big trends on the slopes – A TON of metallics, and faux fur. AND I AM HERE FOR IT.
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!
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!!!
Another one of my favorite sweater finds this winter – this super cozy black shearling sweater from Revolve.
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.
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!
Whatever you end up deciding to wear in Aspen, you’re going to have a great time! Enjoy the slopes!