Aprés ski is a large part of the skiing vacation experience. Aprés ski translated is 'after ski' and quite simply relates to the social activities and entertainment off the slopes. A number of resorts are situated within larger mountain towns which gives families the choice to explore off site. Whether you're heading to Mont Blanc, Chamonix or Val d'Isere in Europe or further afield to Aspen, Whistler or Jackson Hole in the US & Canada, the cold weather requirements are the same.
Technical puffer jackets can be worn off piste and scarves and hats can be used to accessorise aprés ski outfits. Snow boots not only keep feet warm, but are great as a look with jeans tucked inside. Alternatively, for something more subtle, a pair of fur-lined boots can be worn post holiday right through winter. A statement alpine knit is a wardrobe staple at this time of year and can be mixed and matched with different pieces to create outfits.
Family ski resorts are fully equipped to offer a number of outdoor activities for families in addition to skiing, including igloo making, hot air balloon rides, bob sleigh and dog sled rides and much more. Layering is key as items can be taken off and put back on as needed. Outfits should start with thermals as they're breathable so regulate heat on little bodies. For girls, leggings are lightweight and can be easily layered over and under other items - this ivory pair from Joha are fully thermal. For boys, jeans are so versatile and whist not great for keeping little legs warm, can be worn over thermal long johns.
"A padded gilet is great for layering over a chunky knit, providing warmth but with more freedom of movement for arms"
IN THE SWIM
A hot tub or outdoor jacuzzi is the place to relax and soothe aching limbs. Many resorts have heated pools nestled within the mountains for those who prefer extra sporting activities, or simply just to unwind with the family to take in the beautiful scenery. With increasing interest in staying fit and eating healthily, many ski resorts offer spa facilities that families can enjoy together. The fresh alpine air and clean, mountain water lends to these places and wellness centres are becoming increasingly popular. Pack a sporty tracksuit, a swimsuit for girls and shorts for boys and a pair of sliders that can be slipped on easily and offer protection around the pool, spa and in showers.
COSY CHALET CHIC
After a long day on the slopes, kick back in front of the fire to enjoy an evening sipping hot chocolate, playing board games or watching a movie. When engaging in some down time, cosy loungewear is the ultimate choice. From soft, luxury pyjamas that can double up as a comfortable two piece, to tracksuits that can also be worn under ski wear as extra layers, it's important to pack these essentials. Slipper socks are great for keeping little feet cosy and with a specially made indoor sole, they offer protection on wooden or hard floors. A robe, cardigan or chunky knit is great to have for fluctuating temperatures inside the chalet.
"Snuggle down with a furry blanket like this one above from Bowtique London, for the ultimate way to lounge in luxury"
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