Après-ski gift guide for the ski girls

December 7, 2023

This après-ski gift guide for the ski girls is to help you buy for the skier in your life and it can help you write your wishlist too for a birthday or Christmas if you’re looking for inspiration. This après-ski gift guide features a variety of ski gifts for the girls for all budgets and these amazing items are from Canada, England and the U.S. Worldwide shipping is available with many of these recommended items on this gift guide.

Trends will come and go but throughout the years one thing remains: the seductive charm of ski-style chic and ski-bunny aesthetic. It is not only the most glamorous sport, favoured by royalty and Hollywood’s most elite, no it’s more than that; skiing is a culture.

Slope-side styles have evolved over the years for sure. Silhouettes, brands, accessories, fabrics and even colours have defined the decades but no matter how much time passes, the allure and elegance of ski fashion is immortal.

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I’ve put this après-ski gift-guide together to help you shop for skiers but it’s not just for them! We all have that friend that would prefer to be at the bar enjoying après than schussing (or shredding) – and if you don’t, it’s you!

I was obsessed with anything related to skiing long before I ever became a skier. I just find things with skiers on so darling! So whether someone skis or not, this après-ski gift guide is perfect for anyone who wants to look the part on a snowy day.

If you don’t know what après-ski is, it’s French for “after ski” and summarises exclusively the social activities that proceed a day of skiing (or snowboarding). Made popular in the Alps in the 1950s, the term après-ski can be applied worldwide to anything that follows a day on the slopes including but not limited to: popping bottles of champagne, getting cosy by the fireplace, necking pints of beer, going dancing, getting dinner and soaking in a hot tub.

Whichever way you après, here’s my après-ski gift guide:

The best snow boots from Cougar

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When I first moved to Canada I arrived just in time for an extraordinarily cold and snowy winter in Vancouver. An artic front was about to blow in and take us to -15°C/5°F and though it brought me my first white Christmas (that I can recall in adulthood) I knew none of my shoes were going to get me through my first winter in Canada. 

I needed something that would keep my feet warm and dry, prevent me from slipping on snow and ice but most importantly look chic at après-ski. So I went to The Bay in downtown Vancouver and bought a very chic pair of furry winter boots made by Canadian brand, Cougar.

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I was totally enamoured by them, to the point that my amazement at how they were temperature rated to -24°C/-11°F started an ongoing joke between Michael and I over how I tell everyone I meet. Two years later and I still announce the temperature rating of my Cougar shoes when I wear them (if Michael hasn’t gotten there first).

I loved my boots so much that I bought them in a second colour before we went to Whistler for the first time (to get engaged back in 2022). Thus started an obsession with Cougar that led me to work with them in one of my most treasured partnerships here in Canada. They were the first brand to work with me here and I will forever treasure our ongoing partnership. More than that, I will always love the quality of their footwear.

So know that I wholeheartedly recommend any of their shoes, summer or winter, rain or shine. I particularly have to shine a spotlight on their Meteor Nylon Waterproof Winter Boot with PrimaLoft®. These snow boots are the ultimate shoe for this après-ski gift guide.

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These baddies have 200g PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation and are temperature rated to a staggering -30°C/-22°F (you bet I had a field day with this). If you don’t know, PrimaLoft® is a leader in the market of high-performing synthetic insulation for outdoor activities. All the top ski-wear brands use it and it is supreme.

Meteor Nylon Waterproof Winter Boots also have a molded foam insole and plush lining for support and comfort as you navigate the snow, an anti-slip rubber outsole which I cannot stress enough how important this is for walking on slippery terrain, they’re waterproof (of course, it’s in the name) and they have an adjustable snow cuff for powder days.

Plus they have this super cool post-modern, space-age vibe to them that I think just levels up an après-ski outfit.

I am wearing the colour Grape Metallic in Size 7.

For putting together a really cute après-ski outfit or getting an unforgettable après-ski gift I also recommend:

Magneto – a tall snow boot.

Amour – a short bootie with an on-trend pile lining and cuff.

Marlow – I have worn these countless times on hikes, to après-ski, snowshoeing and more. I adore them. Recognise your girl’s hand in the image on the website?

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Cosy knits from Poppy Barley

Layering is an art form and to be done well it requires classic pieces that will keep you warm whilst looking cosy-chic both on and off the slopes.

The Cove Crewneck from Poppy Barley is a staple knit for a comfy and classy après-ski outfit. It’s made from nature fibres which are not only soft but will keep you warm on a chilly day. For extra cold days, throw a turtleneck or a thermal base layer underneath it or you can wrap up with a Poppy Barley scarf made from recycled wool and cashmere. The girlies love a good scarf as an accessory on the slopes.

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Red, white and blue is an iconic colour combination on the slopes. Keeps you visible, looks intentionally coordinated and photographs so well! I’m wearing The Cove Crewneck knit from Poppy Barley in Cerulean but the Pearl would look just as fabulous. It also comes in three other colours. 

Poppy Barley is a female-founded Canadian brand who creates sustainably-made products for everyday wear. Their pieces are mostly made from recycled fibres and are designed to last through ever changing trends to remain staples in your closet. We all need well-made pieces that we can return to time and time again.

I am wearing The Cove Crewneck in Cerulean in size XS.

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SPF for your après-ski BFF

We all know that SPF is the most important component of a good skincare routine, it protects our delicate skin from sun damage and slows down visible signs of ageing. 

Even when it’s not a bluebird day the snow can reflect the sun which will double UV exposure so it’s very important to apply SPF to the exposed areas whether you’re on the slopes or at après-ski. 

Lips are all too often forgotten, so whilst they’re sipping, chatting and laughing out in the cold, make sure your ski girl has them covered. The girlies love a good lip product and the Albus & Flora sheer lip balms from Winternational are a very good one! 

Albus & Flora sheer lip balms from Winternational are SPF 30 and formulated with alpine botanicals. They contain multi-active ingredients to protect, nourish and hydrate the lips against the sun and cold.

They also have a fabulous sheer colour that add a pop of colour but won’t stop the ski girls from enjoying their drinks at après-ski.

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Snowberry Red and Mountain Rose are my two top picks in this après-ski gift guide for the ski girls.

If you haven’t already seen it, Winternational has an advent calendar running throughout December 2023 and each day has a killer surprise! One day actually had one of these lip balms free in your order so be sure to open today’s door here!

Après-ski candle from CarteHaus

Most commonly, après-ski is used to refer to the alcoholic beverage enjoyed after a day carving up a storm on the slopes. If the skier you know is a fan of candles (like who isn’t, really?) then this one from CarteHaus is the perfect stocking stuffer on this après-ski gift guide. 

After a going on the piste they can light their Drinking Season candle from CarteHaus and enjoy a tipple with their feet up.

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CarteHaus is a U.S. based, boutique candle company founded by Megan Carte. Megan believes “fragrances can make an ordinary day more self-indulgent” and ultimately isn’t the most perfect gift something that makes the every day more romantic and luxurious? 

Top of my après-ski drinks list are a Baileys Hot Chocolate (it’s a basic b moment but a classic nevertheless), a White Russian and for the holidays it has to be mulled wine. With a scent profile of juicy red berries, whiskey, orange peel, pomegranate, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon, Drinking Season is the perfect après-ski candle to give as a gift. 

CarteHaus candles are 100% soy and are cruelty free. Candles come in full size or votive which is the perfect size for a ski-sock stocking filler.

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Fuzzy slippers for at-home après-ski

Sometimes the best après-ski is a super low-key après-ski spent cosying on up by the fireplace with a cup of hot tea . For those evenings the best presents on this après-ski gift guide are a pair of luxuriously fluffy slippers styled with a pair of very cute ski socks. 

These absolutely fabulous slippers are the Inuikii Classic Shearling slippers from Winternational. They are available in three neutral colours. In the world of slippers the “X” slider is the most sought after style and the fluffier the better. Worn with a chic matching set of thermals, they’re giving “It girl” as she chills out in the chalet.

Ski socks aren’t just necessary for keeping warm whilst protecting skiers shins on the slopes, they can also be a really cute accessory for the après ski vibes. Worn over thermals they can make a real style statement. This snowflake pair from Winternational is the après-ski ski sock.

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I also encourage you to get super creative with this après-ski gift guide and purchase a pair of ski socks to use as a stocking!

I am wearing the Inuikii Classic Shearling slippers in Light Grey in size 38 and Falke SK2 Women’s Ski Sock in Grey.

If you haven’t already seen it, Winternational has an advent calendar running throughout December 2023 and each day has a killer surprise! Open today’s door here!

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Passport holder for the travelling skier

Does the skier in your life jet set around the world to seek out the best ski resorts? If so, they need a sleek and sophisticated place to keep their passport, frequent flyer cards and lift passes all in one organised spot.

As a travel blogger I’ve used many different passport holders and travel document holders from freebies in magazines to designer ones. The Flying Solo Passport Holder from Poppy Barley is my favourite so far. 

It’s compact whilst still being roomy enough to fill it will all your cards, passes and documents. It has a pen loop which any traveller knows is invaluable for the random and often-forgotten customs card, a zip pocket large enough for notes and coins means you don’t have to fumble for your purse/wallet at duty free (it’s also perfect for adding a tracker) and the external zip leaves you assured nothing is going to do a runner in your carry-on luggage.

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Poppy Barley’s Passport Holders come in three different sizes for travelling families and across the collection they come in seven colours.

The Flying Solo Passport Holder is chic enough to carry to the bar for après-ski or around the ski resort as a purse/wallet. It’s great for keeping your hotel key card away from your phone too.

I am using the Flying Solo Passport Holder in the colourway Blossom.

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Gloves, earmuffs and all the warm stuff

The accessories that keep us warm have each had their moments over the years. The styles, textures, colours and brands have changed but right now we are in a wild and wonderful time where everything goes! After a millennium of decades being defined by the trends of the time we have finally entered an era where everything and anything is acceptable. Now is the time to get creative and wear all the things. 

We are no longer limited by our accessories. Hats, gloves, mittens, earmuffs, ear warmers, buffs/gaiters are all totally chic options to wear to après ski. 

Winternational has the best luxury hats, buffs and ear warmers. Plus they have these incredible Steiner Radiator heated mittens which are perfect for keeping hands toasty if the après-ski is outside.

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The Seraphine Scarf from Sézane is also an absolutely gorgeous après-ski accessory.

Headbands/ear warmers worn with hair down or in ponytails is also super cute this season.

I’ve been a fan of earmuffs for years and years and some of my favourite ones that I recently got have just come from Amazon and the dollar store.

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There’s no better après-ski than FREE après-ski

If you know where your ski girly loves to go après ski then why not get her a voucher so drinkies are on you? 

Or you could help her get the girls ski trip out of the group chat with Fairmont vouchers this winter.

Fairmont vouchers can be spent at any Fairmont around the world including some of the best ski-in ski-out resorts such as the magnificent Fairmont Chateau Whistler or Fairmont Tremblant. There’s also Fairmont Le Montreux Palace which is close to some of the most famous ski resorts in the world including Verbier, Crans Montana, Leysin and Portes du Soleil.

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Mallard Lounge at Fairmont Chateau Whistler is the most perfect bar for après-ski with a cosy fireplace indoors, fire pits outside and the views of the slopes and gondolas are positively romantic AF. It’s like being in a Hallmark holiday movie, but a good one.

Speaking of Fairmont Chateau Whistler they also have The Chalet which serves the ultimate après-ski meal: fondue!

Purchase Fairmont vouchers here.

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For miss fancy (ski)pants

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Chalet style and après-ski vibes is all about cosy luxury. We all love slob-kabobing in a pair of sweats right? Well knitted trousers/pants/joggers (whatever you want to call them) are the elevated version.

For the past few years knitted bottoms have been dominating the ultimate winter girly look. 

This beautiful pair of knitted trousers from Sézane are super luxurious and made to last. I have had Sézane garments in my wardrobe that I wear regularly and the quality has never slipped. It’s important to get well-made knitted items so they have longevity between washes.

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Knitted trousers/pants/joggers are best styled with a pair of snow boots and a furry coat. 

The ultimate après-ski trousers for sure though are a pair of form fitting salopettes like these Poivre Blanc ones from Winternational.

Styled with a printed thermal or a cute ski sweater/jumper at après-ski, a pair of salopettes tells everyone she knows what she’s doing on the slopes. It is the ultimate chic ski-girl après-ski gift.

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Form-fitting ski suit from La Mark Sport

La Mark Sport is a Canadian based brand who makes apparel for winter activities. Don’t let the cold weather, snow or rain stop you from getting out and doing your favourite sports. Founder and Designer of La Mark Sport created her ski suits so they could be worn up in the mountains or down on the golf course.

Use code “GABRIELLA20” for a 20% discount.

La Mark offer free shipping across Canada and a flat rate of $35USD for the US.

You can never go wrong with an all black look on the slopes. It’s giving “who is she????

If your ski girly loves to stand out in a crowd then red is the way to go for sure. 

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I am wearing Dark Night in size S. There’s plenty of extra length on my legs so it’s great for tall ski girls. I have paired my La Mark Sport ski suit with these amazing radiator mittens from Winternational and snow boots from Cougar.

Puffy gilets for powder days

For warmer days in the snow a puffer gilet can go from the slopes straight to après-ski.

Worn over a tight turtle neck thermal or a chunky knitted sweater/jumper, a gilet will instantly make your girl’s après-ski fit look elevated. Worn with a pair of extra fluffy earmuffs she will look like the après-ski Queen.

The Goldbergh gilet I am wearing from Winternational is from the 20/21 ski season however they currently have in some really fabulous ones.

I am currently obsessed with this black furry one (the full jacket version is stunning too), also the star print ones are super fun.

They can be worn over a ski suit for extra insulation on much colder days too.

La Mark Sport also has puffer vest/gilets coming out for the 23/24 season.

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If you have any questions about the items on this après-ski gift guide for the ski girls or need any extra help then you can drop a comment below or reach out to me on Instagram.

Happy Holidays, Gabriella 

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