We have no idea how the French managed to permanently attach their language to the business of socialising after snow sports. No one talks about Apres Football or Avant Rugby. They are onto something though. For the serious alpine athlete like ourselves, it’s the wind in our beards as we float down the mountain that counts, however, even the most dedicated skier/snowboarder is entitled to some fireside, knitwear action. The unique mixture of physical exhaustion, cold air and warm wine deserves a style shopping binge. The look is layered casual warmth; everything chosen for its practical utility while at the same time lending you a heroic, mountaineer air that’s all fearless off-piste adventure and shredding madness.
The massive roll-neck
This plain, fisherman’s-style knit from outdoor passion-brand Finisterre is chunky and flecked and 100 per cent merino wool. It avoids any challenging Christmas jumper patterning – this is rugged, old school, trustworthy and straightforward - many of the qualities we all aspire to.
Finisterre Wartha Roll neck - £110
The colourful one
Selected is part of a massive Danish fashion company and the Danes know about knitwear. This cable-knit with its striking mustard is tight fitting enough to display any overnight torso development on the slopes without overdoing it.
The very colourful One
So, this will take a little self-belief to wear but colour is great, makes everyone happy and this will work perfectly with a hefty, dark beard. Take the leap and trust PS. A good price point for a designer brand too.
The Sporty One
Zara, always canny and on it for trend developments, has created a great value sweater with this high zippered neck and loose cut. A very relaxed, off-duty take on knitwear plus you can zip it up when the time comes to trudge into the night.
Zara High Neck Textured Sweater - £45.99
The Quirky One
Howlin’ is an Antwerp-based company, 10-years old and everything is crafted in Scotland. They pride themselves on having fun with the designs. You are unlikely to meet anyone else with the same knit and they seem to tread the line between different and plain strange with unfaltering judgement.
Howlin’ Firecracker Contrast Crew Knit - £109 (sale price)