So I am watching the Winter X Games taking place in Aspen during a down day
heli-skiing in British Columbia (it happens). Out comes Shaun White, formerly the "Flying Tomato" with this raging, red hair, sporting a rock-star status black leather jacket & pants for his slopestyle snowboard run - interesting I think to myself. I never embraced the baggy boarder pants around the knees and the boxers on display. I prefer fitted for sure, I am an old school skier, but I am not sure what to think of the biker look for boarders either.
Well Shaun White's qualifying runs weren't enough to make the final cut; despite his fashion flair. He was as surprised as the fans I bet. What I didn't expect was for White to be so gracious - saying that the upcoming riders were bringing the bar up and that he'd have to go practice to keep up.
Shaun just raised the sportsmanship and style bar at least, this is the dude that started the whole face bandana craze as I recall. I predict more leather in the terrain parks in the near future.
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.