Snow has not been dumping on our playgrounds in Colorado. Another drought year could be ahead. But that’s not enough to discourage a WildSnow Girl. We’ll keep our chins up and our planks tuned (and the base welder handy). And when the forecast predicts yet another dry week ahead, we’ll stay optimistic by making sure our closets are pow pow ready. A new contender for hanger space gets high points from the style police. La Sportiva enters the line-up with a selection of Italian tailored technical ski apparel. Oohh la la! Even a cute cowboy at our local hook and bullet shop noticed something was exceptional and complimented me on the handsomely quilted bodice of my Estela Primaloft jacket.
Even though we don’t have much snow, it’s been cold enough to provide more challenging test environments than just aisles of rawhide and blue steel. We’ve been skinning up our local ski mountains. Dressing so you’re comfortable sweating while temps are dipping to the single digits is always tricky. Layering is the answer but finding the right combo takes some work. By partnering with Gore Windstopper and Primaloft, La Sportiva offers a solution by developing a layering system that provides insulation, ventilation and overall protection. I picked three of their pieces to try out: the Estella Primaloft jacket, the Avail hoody and the Azura soft shell pants.The blue Avail hoody, a mid weight insulating piece of synthetic fleece. Two front zip pockets, elastic cuff with thumbloops, stretchy fabric but not windproof.
And lastly, a girl has to finish off her ski outfit with the latest cute hat. The Dorado Beanie is the hip finale to my ensemble. The large pom pom puts me right in there with all the stylish Italian beauties, dodging endless “Ciao bella!” cat calls. The pom pom is a bit cumbersome under the hood, but hey, how can it be fashion if you don’t suffer a bit?
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WildSnow Girl, Lisa Dawson, is the luckiest girl in the world. Also known as Mrs. WildSnow.com, she tests whatever gear she wants. She gives the WildSnow family of websites the feminine voice.