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Meet Leif and Will, two rippers from Mount Mansfield Union High School (Jericho, Vt.) and Stowe’s Mount Mansfield Ski Club. We’ve known them since they were they were little J-6 racers at Cochran’s Ski Club. They used to win races—in the Northern Vermont Council, which is saying something.
There’s no telling who’ll stand atop the podiums at this year’s Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, but if medals were awarded for best dressed, the U.S. just might sweep the competition. America’s athletes will march into the opening and closing ceremonies and cruise the Olympic Village dressed head-to-toe in Ralph Lauren threads from the Team Parade and Village Wear collections. And though you may never ski like Ted Ligety or Lindsey Vonn, you can at least dress like them.
One way to our heart (and wallet) is to combine two of our favorite things: the mountains and whiskey. Denver-distilled Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey ($55) does just that, melding four Rocky Mountain barleys, some Colorado water, a little yeast and a few other secret ingredients into a warm, 94-proof bear hug. It’s a unique, okay, small-batch whiskey (18 barrels a week) that feels perfectly at home in your hand at the end of a long ski day.
Looking to expand beyond its casual-clothing image, Eddie Bauer launched its First Ascent high-performance line this season. Judging by the Paradise Zip ($49), that’s great news. The reasonably priced Paradise is lightweight, with the right amount of spandex for full range of motion without being overly snug. And unlike some base layers, it’s soft and comfortable. The First Ascent line is designed as a system: Insulating layers and outerwear are cut so that the body and sleeve lengths of each successive layer are slightly longer than the previous one.
Wearing Sierra Designs' new Flex Down Jacket is like walking around in your comfiest, warmest sleeping bag, except you won't look half as silly. In fact, the goose down puffy incorporates Sierra's patented sleeping bag "Flex Technology," meaning the jacket moves with you while adapting to your shape to increase heat retention by reducing air space between you and your jacket. Fleece lined pockets up the cozy factor.