Austria is home to some of the world’s most stunning ski resorts and, at many of these luxury destinations, the magic continues long after winter has ended. Resorts with high-altitude glaciers enjoy an extended ski season that lasts into the summer, with low ground temperatures preventing the winter snow from melting completely. The variable conditions – freezing snow in the morning, bright sun, bruising winds and rising temperatures in the afternoon – require the summer skier to be prepared for all weathers, with a mix of lightweight and heavy-duty skiwear. Performancewear brands The North Face®, Moncler and Bogner have a range of thermals, inners and gloves to keep summer skiers comfortable and stylish, both on the summer slopes and for après-ski.
The North Face®
American label The North Face® has developed a loyal following that spans generations and a variety of pursuits, with everyone from students to Hollywood stars and Olympic athletes choosing the chic brand for its style and practicality. Its name refers to the harshest and most unforgiving side of a mountain, which rightly emphasises the performance aspect of this trusted outdoors sports brand. The hybrid long-sleeve zip shirt is among its essential summer offerings. Light and breathable, its synthetic, hollow-core fibres trap heat to keep you warm, while wicking away moisture and perspiration. The seamless construction allows skiers to twist and turn comfortably, with ease.
Layering is crucial for the summer skier and the brand’s Steep Series Desolation Thermoball jacket has become a staple. Designed as a midlayer, this hybrid jacket consists of special Thermoball insulation and highly-breathable, water-repellent stretch woven fabric that keeps out exterior moisture, such as slush and snow powder. Its has a stylish quilted design, elegant high neckline, and this incredibly lightweight jacket can be packed inside its own hand pocket.
In recent years Moncler has transformed into an international fashion behemoth, launching luxury haute couture and ready-to-wear collections. Its roots, however, remain in sportswear and its name is an abbreviation of Monestier-de-Clermont, the mountain village near Grenoble where its founders were inspired to produce the brand’s renowned down jacket.
Skis of the season
For 2017, the Milan-based brand has worked on a series of collaborations that will help the summer skier stand out, both in terms of functionality as well as fashion. Working with acclaimed ski-maker Zai, it has released a series of limited-edition Zai & Moncler Grenoble skis, available in black matte. Specially trained artisans make the skis entirely by hand, resulting in pieces with unrivalled craftsmanship that perform all-year round. The kit includes a stunning carry case, carbon ski poles with retro-style leather grips and a sponge and wax set to maintain the sleek finish.
Style and safety
Slope safety is essential whatever the season, and Moncler has also partnered Kask, an Italian firm that produces stylish safety helmets. The unisex Moncler Grenoble x Kask limited-edition snow helmet boasts a soft, padded, breathable lining with thermal insulation. To combat the bright summer rays, the helmet also has removable panoramic visors in silver mirror and orange – perfect for changing light conditions. The helmet’s most innovative feature, however, could well be its high-quality audio Bluetooth system, complete with an internal microphone for making phone calls, listening to music and communicating with friends through a walkie-talkie intercom system.
Those in search of heritage brands should make a beeline for Bogner. Founded by Olympic ski jumper Willy Bogner in the 1930s, the sportswear and leather goods label has been at the forefront of innovative sportswear for years. Mixing a retro aesthetic with cutting-edge performance, its windbreakers, sweaters and ski gear are essential for those who want to impress on the slopes during the day as well back at the chalet at night.
The brand recently announced its ambitions to become the leader in the international sports fashion market, and to take its fashion and design credentials even higher. ‘We will combine the traditional strength of the brand with new and exciting elements,’ says chief executive officer Alexander Wirth. ‘We remain as committed as ever to the essence of our company history: innovation, functionality, elegance and top quality.’
Sport meets fashion
The new B-Athleisure line bridges sport and fashion as never before, offering athletic ready-to-wear outfits that mix activewear with street style and high fashion. These pieces work perfectly for the summer skier who requires lighter garments. Taking inspiration from the French West Indies, the collection features colours that really pop against the frozen show, including caramel, summer beige, glowing green and light turquoise. Functional womenswear pieces have major attitude, as seen in a tailored sweat-coat with gold details, and a summery striped mesh shirt, worn over a palm-print functional tank top.
The Down Ski Jacket Edina comes in a flame red, navy and orange colourway, with a feminine tailored silhouette and two-way zip. Water-repellent and downproof, it embodies style and function – the essence of Bogner.