What happens when a bunch of folks from Hollywood head to the mountains of Utah for a little bit of winter and a lot of cool new indie films? They loose the heels and loafers and sport cool new winter apparel. During the week of the Sundance Film Festival, you’re apt to see Richard Gere, Sigourney Weaver or Spike Lee walking down Park City’s Main Street or maybe spot Sting on the slopes while his wife is at the films all day. But the venerable man in charge is Robert Redford, this year looking poised and comfortable at his opening press conference in a trendy Alp-n-Rock long sleeve shirt, vest and jeans—setting the scene for mountain chic. If you’re going to Sundance or heading to your favorite resort, here’s a taste of Park City couture, designed to keep you both warm and stylish this winter.
Down jackets are about as common in mountain towns as diamonds are on the red carpet. As part of Rossignol’s 1907 Collection (the company is 105 years old), the BB Down has a vintage feel and features Eldeven Silver duck down and a removable fur trimmed hood, made from Harricana, or recycled high-quality old furs.
High boots are hot around the country. The full height slip-on Arizona SD has an international heritage: Italian designed, made in Europe with a Norwegian double stitch. A soft suede upper and cotton velvet lining make the boot comfortable to wear but the rubber outsole will prevent slips on slick sidewalks.
Mountain folks know that finding a cute hat is a good alternative to getting an ice-cream headache just to save your hair. Made in Italy from 100 percent merino or boiled wool, Pistil hats come in a wide range of chic styles. The Inga, with a heathered pattern, also sports a soft fleece ear band liner to keep you warm on cold nights.
When traveling to the mountains, savvy skiers cut down on precious luggage real estate by bringing a jacket that functions on the slopes, but looks stylish on Main Street. The Descente Swiss World Championship jacket achieves this: 4-way stretch Gingham print and denim inlays look great with jeans for a night on the town. But details like laser cutouts, water resistant fabric treatment, and Descente’s Heat Navi technology, which traps heat from the sun, offer protection from cold, rain and snow.
Keen doesn’t just make great water shoes, they make great waterproof footwear as well. The Cody boot—at home both saddling up at a mountain ranch or simply saddling up to one of Park City's bars—has a waterproof/breathable membrane to keep feet dry, insulation for warmth, nubuck leather for style and an aggressive rubber outsole for grip.
It might not be the set of Fargo, but every man needs a Bomber hat for the mountains. The Chaos Dylon Trapper Bomber is made from wool and flannel with a faux fur lining and makes for a trendy accessory for Sundance or any ski resort.