Tamara’s ski style guide: Where to go and what to wear
As ski and snowboard season has now arrived, it's your last chance to invest in technical pieces that guarantee style and comfort on and off-piste. An avid ski tourer, Sweaty Betty's Founder and Creative Director Tamara Hill-Norton demands a high-level of technicality from her skiwear (so much so that she insists on trialling every piece before it goes out to stores). Before her long-awaited ski trip to St Anton, she shares her guide on what to wear and where to go this ski season.
Pictured: Model Karol wears the Clubhouse Seamless Top and Clubhouse Seamless Leggings, Model 2 wears the Intensify Merino Leggings and Intensify Merino Top, Model 3 wears the Uphill Ski Parka and Traverse Ski Hardshell Dungarees, Model 4 wears the Flow Line Seamless Top and Flow Line Seamless Leggings.
What I look for in skiwear
I am quite an energetic skier so I am always on the lookout for temperature-regulating styles. It's important that my base layers are sweat-wicking as I get warm skiing fast downhill, then become cold at the top of the mountain. For staying cool and dry, I love our softshell outerwear fabric for the breathability (it's the most breathable fabric I have ever skied in) and it has great stretch for full freedom of movement. For base layers, merino is my non-negotiable fabric as it not only keeps you warm it drys really quickly. This year I plan to wear the Intensify Merino Leggings and matching Intensify Merino Top on and off the slopes, they're all-black with colour block panels, so they'll go with all my favourite ski looks.
Like with the rest of my wardrobe, it's important for my skiwear to be flattering. As an avid skier, finding a warm, high-stretch pant that looks amazing on the body was vital, and with the technology of softshell we were able to create the Astro Softshell Ski Salopettes which fit really well. I then add my current favourite piece the mint softshell Uphill Ski Jacket, which with a beautiful faux fur trim is a really luxe twist on the traditional ski coverup.
To finish off my look on the slopes I always add accessories for warmth and comfort – our grey and pastel Freestyle Bobble Beanie is my favourite double act during the wet British winter. Aprés ski I like to relax and enjoy a hot-chocolate with my daughters in fun base layers, so our new pop-art base layers the Clubhouse Seamless Top and matching Clubhouse Seamless Leggings will be perfect for this. This seasons base layers come in a range of really cool prints that are guaranteed to turn heads.
Three Layering System
As you experience extreme body temperatures, it's so important to get the layering system right. I've found three layers keep me insulated best: merino or seamless base layers, followed by a fine mid layer fleece and finally by my outer jacket. A heat-regulating hero, Sweaty Betty's merino fabric is the star player in my multi-seasonal workout wardrobe. It's not only super-soft on skin, the advanced technology ensures it maintains body temperature and locks in warmth on colder days.
My favourite ski getaways
For the past few years, Champoluc Italy has been our destination of choice for family ski holidays. Known as Italy's very own Three Valleys, ski touring amongst the dramatic glaciers and peaks has been a spectacular adventure. Off-piste, I recommend Frantz Le Rascard, an amazing chalet style hotel which remains booked up year after year. After a day on the slopes the authentic Italian food in their atmospheric mountainside restaurant always tastes incredible.
For a change, this year as a family we are heading to St Anton, Austria and this will be my first time there since I was studying nearby in Munich. Known for its miles of challenging terrains, guaranteed snow and as the spiritual home of après thanks to the lively bar Krazy Kanguruh (which I hope my daughters don’t get too keen on!), I can’t wait to take to the slopes there.
I can never resist a challenge and my brother-in-law is currently trying to persuade me to join a group on a ski touring trip to Abruzzo, Italy – a mountainous region outside of Rome. Described by The Guardian as "skiing for foodies", and with higher snowfall than the Alps, the combination of medieval towns and gourmet cuisine is more than tempting. Keep an eye out on the blog to see if I go.