With most ski fields opening up this week, they and adjacent businesses will be relying heavily on attendance by New Zealanders to offset last year’s dismal covid-hit takings. 

While you’re enjoying the short queues and fresh runs, you’ll want be to dressed in high-performance gear that looks great. There is no need to sacrifice style on the slopes, with plenty of richly coloured or retro chic pieces on the market this season. Layering well with chic items is king if you want to look your best après ski. 

Perfect Moment Tignes ski suit, £750 (approximately $1500) 
Park the baggy low riders and opt for something form flattering and fitted this snow season. This insulated jumpsuit will take you from back-country runs to drinks in the chateau and have you feeling like a retro-chic bond villain in the process. Shop


The Anon Sync ski goggle from Gnomes Alpine, $299.90
No garish colour or branding found here, these sleek black goggles give a sophisticated edge and have a bonus interchangeable lens for a variant in light conditions. An easy-to-use magnetic system means it’s simply swapped out. Shop


Elle + Riley Rochelle cashmere poncho, $798
The perfect item to keep in the car to throw on over your base layers if you plan on popping into a bar for a fireside mulled wine at the end of the day. Shop

Gucci sunglasses, $685
Sunny powder days call for sporty luxe sunglasses. I’d add to the retro look with the addition of a neck strap. Shop

Ice Breaker merino half zip, $199.99
Dressing for a cold climate requires a PhD in layering, and when you peel away your outer shell after a day’s skiing, you’ll want to be wearing something impressive. This limited-edition print from Ice Breaker is a collaboration with New York-based artist Justin Brice Guariglia, best known for his work addressing climate change. Shop


The North Face Nuptse bootie, $220
Like a sleeping bag for your feet, the iconic Nuptse bootie comes in quilted down housed in a snow- and water-resistant shell. The ideal footwear choice for the early-morning commute to your first run. Shop

Working Style cable knit pullover, $229 
A toasty warm merino cable knit can be worn under your shell jacket on the slopes, back home in the chalet or during a long lunch at Amisfield on your day off, depending on the day’s conditions. Shop

Mons Royale Arete wool quilted vest, $280
Toffee and wine hued, this lightweight vest adds subtle colour to an outfit for those who prefer a gentle whisper over a bold colour pop. Panels stuffed with merino instead of down have the bonus of staying warm even when wet. Shop

Moncler Cuvellier short down jacket, $2157.57
Italian design at its finest, Moncler is synonymous with high-end luxury. If price is no obstacle, these delicious down jackets would be hard to beat. Shop

Salomon padded ski trousers, $367 from Mr Porter
A rich lemon-curd yellow best paired with a black or even charcoal jacket and unders. These boast a four-way stretch so won’t feel restrictive at all, and give a full range of movement. Shop

Prada Linea Rossa Impavid sunglasses, $655
Whether you’re a first-timer or a backcountry pro, at least look like you know your stuff wearing these Prada glasses paired with a simple black ski jacket and the above yellow overalls. Shop

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