What if Boston had an urban slope that could be accessed by skiers and riders without leaving the city? It might sound like a (half) pipe dream, but if any area of the city could make it happen, it would be Seaport and its ability to reimagine how Bostonians play, work and connect.
Snowport, Seaport’s new Winter Village, is an interactive wonderland that features an ice skating rink, iceless curling and delicious distractions like freshly baked waffles. From now through February, this not-to-be-missed experience brings Boston winter fun to the next level. With a new Helly Hansen flagship store opening, the Seaport would be an ideal location for other purveyors of snowsports and outdoor gear.
The Seaport’s fusion of contemporary architecture and inspiring art installations made for the perfect backdrop to showcase some of this season’s best alpine looks. Yotel Boston’s Sky Lounge rooftop bar and open-air terrace, with its 270-degree panoramic views and craft cocktails, was the perfect stand-in location for an on-mountain ski lodge and après meeting place. Inspired by first-class airline travel, the hotel features 326 smartly designed cabins, a technology-driven guest experience, and clever social spaces for both co-working and socializing, including Komyuniti on the ground floor for light bites.
Like the Seaport, this season’s ski and snowboard apparel offers an exciting mix of options that do not disappoint. Head to the Ski Haus and get ready to gear up right while experiencing top-notch customer service. The Pilla family has been offering high-quality ski and snowboard outerwear and equipment for more than 50 years, with full-service stores in Framingham, Mass., Burlington, Mass., and Salem, N.H. The wide range of brands and impressive on-trend options at each location ensures you will find everything you’ll need for your next mountain adventure. If you are ready to zoom on new skis, you need to check out Rossignol’s latest options. For females, Rossignol’s new Nova line is where game-changing performance meets elegance with clean and sophisticated style. For the all-mountain master who attacks groomers and confidently explores off trail, the Rossignol Experience 88 TI offers males a versatile all-mountain ski that blends the heart of a high-performance carving machine with a freeride-inspired profile for playful fluidity and ease in any snow. Pair the Experience 88 TI with the SPX 12 binding for instant power transmission, precision and control with superior shock absorption.
Kathy Benharris is regional director of Fashion Group International whose her clients include individual brands and designers, international charities, sports teams, retail entities and publications. Kathy has developed, styled and produced fashion events during New York Fashion Week and Boston Fashion Week.
Shoot produced and styled: KB Fashion Productions/KBFashionProductions.com
Creative director: Kathy Benharris/KB Fashion Productions Photographer: Grace Goodearl/KB Fashion Productions
Stylist: Billie Gage/KB Fashion Productions
Models: Stephen Gage, Stanley Rameau, Sophie Weidhaas, Anika Obasiolu (Dynasty Models), Lindsey Grenier (Maggie Models), Cass Starling, Val Vixama
TRUE BLUE //
Obermeyer has been delivering innovative breakthroughs since 1950 when Klaus Obermeyer created the first down jacket. Since then, Obermeyer has led the way by bringing a long list of improvements to the snow apparel market. The company’s tech-forward fabrics, classic alpine styling and creative use of color and pattern continues to make Obermeyer a top choice.
Stanley: Obermeyer’s Chroma jacket and Orion pant; Smith goggles; Hestra glove; 686 beanie; Rossignol Experience 88 TI skis.
Sophie: Obermeyer’s Cosima jacket and Bond pant; Hestra glove; Blackstrap gator worn as hat; Giro goggles; Rossignol Nova 10 skis. (Skihaus.com)
QUILLS OUT //
High Pine Outerwear should be on the radar of every female who seeks a unique combination of form and function. Created by New England-based Sue Truesdale, the fabrics flatter and perform. They feel amazing against your skin with extra room where you need it. Base-layer bottoms are designed with warmer fabrics on the knees and hips for joint warmth and superior performance. Drawstrings in pants ensure no annoying waist gaps and downward creep. High Pine is a female-focused brand on the rise.
Cass (seated on left): Alpine Retro pom hat; Lenna Full Zip top; Extreme Moisture Wick-Ultra Compression base bottom.
Val (standing on right): Go-to Hoodie and Extreme Moisture Wick-Ultra Compression base bottom. (highpineouterwear.com)
PICTURE THIS //
Color blocking and steezy pattern play may capture the eye, but Picture Organic Clothing’s snow gear also delivers the technical goods. The brand’s focus on sustainability and commitment to developing products that will help fight climate change and inspire an eco-friendly lifestyle through passion for board sports is not a marketing gimmick. As one of the few snowsport brands to hold a certified B corp. designation, Picture deserves your consideration for how its made, how good it looks, and how well it performs.
Lindsey: Picture’s Exa jacket, Slany pant and Jude hat; Smith goggles.
Stephen: Picture’s Jack jacket and Object pant; 686 beanie; Smith goggles. (Skihaus.com)
ALL HAIL HELLY //
Helly Hansen is known for an uncompromising approach to creating high-performance gear for high-altitude adventures. Named after the Norse god of snow, Helly Hansen’s Ullr freeride collection is a top-end ski collection designed for athletes who go out no matter the weather. For the snow goddess, Helly has a wide range of jackets and pants in flattering designs packed with technical features.
Stanley (top photo): Helly Hansen’s Fernie jacket and Sogn pant; Hestra gloves; Smith goggles; Rossignol Experience 88 TI skis.
Lindsey (bottom photo): Helly Hansen’s W Motionista jacket and W Switch cargo pant; POC helmet; Smith goggles; Rossignol Snowflake poles; Hestra gloves. (Skihaus.com); Extreme Moisture Wick-Ultra Compression base bottom. (highpineouterwear.com)
BORN TO RIDE //
Burton’s Boston flagship store is located at 1327 Boylston Street, and with its amazing selection of snowboard gear and apparel for both on mountain and off, Burton Boston is ready to help you get the most out of every journey. Born in the mountains of Vermont and now a B-certified corp., Burton has earned it’s place as the pre-eminent snowboard brand.
Anika: Prowess jacket; Vida pant; Waffle beanie; Profile mitten; Talent Scout Camber Snowboard.
Stephen: Frostner anorak and pant; Backcut beanie; Flight Attendant Camber Snowboard. (Burton.com)
LUXE LADIES //
Black is anything but basic when it shimmers with metallic touches and smart design. Created by women for women, Skea offers feminine pieces in technical fabrics that look amazing both in the mountains and the city. Rose gold zippers, stretch lattice trim, high shine fabrics and super cute lace-up elements are just some of the unexpected but obsession-worthy details that make Skea Limited a standout.
Sophie (top photo): Skea’s Peyton one-piece suit (skealimited.com); Lindo F hat (lindof.com)
Anika (bottom photo): Skea’s Deva jacket; Doe cargo pant (skealimited.com); Lindo F hat (lindof.com)