While the blue skies and pleasant breezes of summer we are experiencing are a world away from the conditions you would expect on your skiing holidays in France, there’s never been a better time to make sure you’re all kitted out.
To make the most of your ski chalet trips to La Plagne, La Rosiere or other leading resorts next season one of the most important items you’ll need to acquire is a decent jacket and we’ve rounded up some of the best names in the business to ensure you team style, safety and comfort in your next purchase.
If you’re keen to stay at the height of fashion while on the top of the French Alps, the range of ski jackets available from Toni Sailer could be exactly what you need. Paying homage to the famous Austrian skier of the same name, the first person ever to win all three gold medals in alpine skiing at the 1956 Winter Olympics, the ski jackets for both men and women are designed to meet the demands of professional athletes. They use only the finest materials, one example being the hand polished zip to offer the perfect smooth run. However, this standpoint on performance does not mean that style takes a backseat, with the distinctively retro styling you won’t have to worry about not getting noticed on the pistes.
After we got in touch with Toni Sailer, they recommended the Ryan Fur Limited Edition jacket as the perfect product for men. A limited edition model, it is made using 4-way stretch functional wool and genuine leather with a water-repellent finish. It also has Z-liner lamination and added water repellence to protect against stormy conditions.
For women they suggested the Margot Splendid Fur, which uses high loft fiberballs in the insulation. Developed exclusively for Toni Sailer, fiberballs are more functional than other forms of insulation and provide the perfect flexibility for outdoor skiing. Both of these styles are from the 2015/2016 range and will be available to purchase in the coming months.
Another company renowned for products of only the highest quality, Spyder have been a leading name in mountainside clothing since the early 1970s and their knowledge and expertise means the ski jackets they offer won’t disappoint. They are renowned for their pioneering technology, which is incorporated where suitable to enhance your experience on the slopes. One of the most sought after features is Bemis adhesive films, bonding various materials together using no stitches to result in a garment with a higher level of waterproofing and greater durability.
Of their jackets, we would recommend the Enforcer jacket for men as the perfect product to take to the mountains. Featuring a core ventilation system, waterproof zip and fully insulated hood, it’s the perfect jacket for whatever the weather has to throw at you on your Courchevel ski chalet holidays next season.
For women we would suggest the Hera jacket, a stylish product that offers everything you could need to hit the slopes. With under arm ventilation, detachable brushed microfiber inner collar and stretch cuffs with thumb holes, it combines performance and style to a great effect.
While all the companies we’ve featured specialise in clothing for adults, we’ve got a special treat for the younger members of the family to ensure they also stay warm and dry on the slopes. The company we’re talking about is Muddy Puddles, a company whose mission it is to make technical outdoor clothing for children at an affordable price. From grippy soles on footwear, to storm flaps and reflective strips on its range of ski jackets, Muddy Puddles is a company that prides itself on practical and protective products and the wealth of happy customers they have suggests that they’re moving in the right direction.
After we got in touch with Guy Fowles from Muddy Puddles, he offered us an insight into the ethos of the company and what drives them to continue creating ski jackets of the highest quality:
“Our dream is to become the brand that inspires the next generation to place playing and learning outdoors at the forefront of childhood again, because playing outdoors leads to bigger imaginations, better concentration, amazing memories and healthier bodies.”
- Muddy Puddles
While last season’s stock is currently available at fantastic prices through the Muddy Puddles website, be sure to check back in the coming months to see their range for the 2015/16 season!
A company famously endorsed by British skier Graham Bell – one of the finest skiers ever from the British Isles, Nevica have been at the top since 1978 and its wide range of technical ski jackets look to provide protection and style for the whole family. Its use of fluorescent colours in production set the tone for the fashion of skiwear during the 80s and 90s, and it has been a leading name for the innovation of skiwear – most notably for the use waterproof and breathable fabrics.
Get kitted out at Ellis Brigham
Should you need any further inspiration for the perfect ski jacket, the wide variety of products available from Ellis Brigham promises to provide something for everyone. With more than 75 years of experience in the ski holiday industry and with experts working in all of their stores around the country, there isn’t a better place to head to help with your needs. They currently have a significant sale on as they look to shift last season’s stock, but check out their website in the autumn to admire the latest stock from all the biggest brands.
Image Credit: Toni Sailer, Muddy Puddles