Skinning—climbing uphill on skis or a splitboard—has become Aspen’s fastest-growing sport in recent years. On the climb, you’re sure to work up a sweat, so ultralight, breathable apparel is key—but your kit must also keep you warm and block wind on descents. These additional functions needn’t sacrifice form, however. Here are our prime picks that check both utility and style.
ACE OF BASE The merino tees by Outdoor Voices (625 E. Hyman Ave., outdoorvoices.com) are made with a powerhouse wool that is fast-drying, antimicrobial (ahem, odor-minimizing) and naturally thermoregulating, so they perform according to exterior temps as well as body heat. The sleeveless women’s merino muscle tank ($65) protects delicate chests on sunny days, too.
JACKET, THE RIPPER
More thermoregulating merino—why not? Ortovox has bred a superhybrid touring topper: the Piz Palü ($350, Performance Ski and ortovox.com). The gender-specific jackets fuse windstopping Swisswool chest insulation with a breathable, wicking Tasmanian wool-backed shell. It crushes all the elements in one water-resistant, packable, stain-proof package.
Developed in part by Olympic badass Bode Miller right here in Aspen, Aztech Mountain’s new Hayden 3 layer shell pant ($650, Performance Ski, 614 E. Durant Ave., aztechmountain.com) is lightweight yet brawny. Full-length zips keep legs breezy; roomy thigh cargo pockets store straps and more.
Warm, durable, wrinkle-free and cut close to the bod: Strafe’s new Base Camp hoodie ($149, Strafe Showroom at Aspen Highlands, strafeouterwear.com) is aces as any mountain man’s main midlayer. Recycled Polartec Power Grid fabric makes it moisture-wicking, lightweight and compressible—king of the uphill.
The Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro ($549, suunto.com) is a multisport touchscreen device that tracks all basic stats (distance, pace, heart rate), plus uses a combined GPS and airpressure sensor for precise elevation readings and storm alerts. Techies will appreciate viewing their peak training effect readings on the chic, mineral-crystal screen.
Photography by: SKIERS PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ASPEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY