Haute Ski Gear Hits the Snow

Recently, we have been showing you the haute different ski gear you can get as the snowy slopes continue to remain cold well into the new year. The sport has definitely received a luxe boost this season from the fashion worlds, including thanks to projects by Chanel, Bentley, Paul Smith, and other high-end sporting good firms.

Bentley has recently partnered with Swiss firm Zai on a “Supersports” set including handmade skis, poles and a ski bag, limited to 250 pairs. The skis are fashioned from a special carbon fiber material called “Zaiìra” with a natural rubber core, and chromium-steel-infused carbon fiber for the flexible components backed up by Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites.

The Zai Supersports poles use the ExoGrid technology usually used for golf clubs. Each pair is priced at $9,800, which would make you one of the chic-est skiers on the snow.

Smith has also joined forces with Austrian experts Edelwiser, on a pair of skis decorated in his signature multicolored stripes (shown above). Every pair of Edelwiser skis is handmade and built with state of the art materials like wood cores, laminated sidewalls and graphite bases for optimized flex and torsion characteristics. Dubbed the Paul Smith Swing 162, they are worth $1,300 a pair.