Peak Perfection - Sunday Sun


Hitting the pistes this season?

Take to the slopes in style whatever your budget, says Francesca Craggs, from The Sunday Sun. SKIERS and snowboarders are in for a "vintage" season thanks to plentiful snow across Europe’s ski resorts.

So, with the perfect conditions in place, now’s the time to start planning your perfect on-piste attire. Fashion is continually changing and trends in ski-wear are no different. In fact, there are few sports that require looking more stylish! While most mere mortals can’t stretch to sliding down the slopes in a £2,000 Chanel ski suit like Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham, you can still get the designer look without breaking the bank. Ski-wear trends for 2009/2010 range from the subtle to the sublime.

There’s a huge nod towards the 1980s, with ski jackets, pants, and accessories in neon pinks, greens and acid yellows. For those who prefer to take a more subtle route, chic fitted fur trimmed jackets in black or white, ooze sophistication. If you’re on a budget, and like a good old rummage, TK Maxx is the place to go. It stocks a huge selection of men’s, women’s and kid’s ski-wear and accessories for as much as 60% off the recommended retail price. You’ll find quality names in ski-wear, including Trespass, Chamonix, Nike, and Quiksilver. Stock changes week to week, so it’s worth popping in on a regular basis. There’s also a great range of ski accessories, including hats, gloves and goggles – all at discount prices.

Another great place for discount ski-wear is Dalton Park in Murton, Seaham. The outlet shopping centre offers up to 50% off high street prices. At Mountain Warehouse, you can buy a ski jacket, salopettes, gloves, socks and goggles for just £99.99 – a saving of about £70! View here! There’s also the Tog 24 store offering a range of deals, including 50% off the RRP.

If you’re after a great selection of quality names in ski and snowboarding, then Snow + Rock at Gateshead’s Metro Retail Park is a must. The shop stocks everything you’ll need for your ski trip, from top outdoor brands such as Columbia, The North Face, Helly Hansen, Salomon, Spyder, and more. Adequate base layers are an importnat part of your attire. Opt for fine, long-sleeved tops and bottoms which are lightweight and also breathable. Helmets are now compulsory at some European ski resorts, and range in price from around £40 up to £250. A well-fitting helmet will be comfortably snug, but not so tight that it gives you a headache. Whether you’re skiing or snowboarding, a decent pair of ski goggles is also a must. In a snowy environment, many skiers and snowboarders forget about the harmful effects of the sun. According to a recent Japanese study, the sun’s ultraviolet rays are 2.5 times more dangerous in snow than on the beach, so don’t forget to pack the sun cream.