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Ski Fashion

Thea Zerbe and Tim Rocklage are instructors at Buck Hill. Zerbe, a senior at Edina High School, started skiing at age 3 and made the race team at age 10. She retired from racing this year to focus on college applications. Rocklage, a recent University of St. Thomas grad, has skied and snowboarded recreationally for years. Says Rocklage, “You are free to go as fast or as slow as you’d like, and you can utilize the terrain to express your creativity.”

On Tim: • Neo Spirit Salopette Snow Pants ($360), by Phenix, from Sun & Ski Clothing Outfitters • Orca Jacket ($450), by Phenix, from Sun & Ski Clothing Outfitters • Army Leather Heli Gloves ($115), by Hestra, from Sun & Ski Clothing Outfitters • Supreme Half Zip long-sleeve shirt ($93), by Cross, from Gear West Adrenaline • Hawk 80 Boots ($299), by Atomic, from Hoigaard’s • Blizzard Magnum 7.6 Skis ($699.99), by Intelligent Equipment, from Gear West Adrenaline
On Thea: • Raccoon Fur Hat ($129), by Bogner, from Sun & Ski Clothing Outfitters • Goggles ($164.95), by Smith Sport Optics, from The House Boardshop • Jacket ($1,099), by Bogner, from Sun & Ski Clothing Outfitters • Bodyfit 260 Tech Top long-sleeve shirt ($110), by icebreaker, from Midwest Mountaineering • Snow pants ($580), by Bogner, from Sun & Ski Clothing Outfitters • Viva Phoenix Boots ($249.99), by Tecnica, from Hoigaard’s • Ski poles ($39.95), by Chicstyle, from Hoigaard’s


Snowboard Fashion

Katherine Gerdes and David Schatschneider are snowboard instructors at Afton Alps. You may recognize Gerdes from Project Runway—she was the first Minnesota designer on the show, back in 2006. Now she’s the pastry and sous chef at Hell’s Kitchen. Schatschneider works at Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op. Both count the seconds until they can get back on a board. Says Schatschneider, “Flying down a hill as fast as you can is like meditation.”

On Katherine: • Jacket in Risque Flowers ($159.95), by Burton, from Summit Boardshop • Better Sweater Jacket in Lemon/Lime ($129), by Patagonia, from Patagonia • Indulgence Pants in Twilight ($139.95), by Burton, from Hoigaard’s • Mittens in Risque Flowers ($39.95), by Burton, from The House Boardshop • Vapen Boots ($199.95), by Nike, from The House Boardshop
On David: • Pants ($170), by Holden Outerwear, from The House Boardshop • Superfine long-sleeve Tech T Lite shirt ($70), by icebreaker, from Midwest Mountaineering • Shirt in Mojito Hawthorne Plaid ($89.95), by Special Blend, Summit Boardshop • X Starter Jacket in Astro Turf ($199.95), by Burton, from Summit Boardshop • 86 FT Joe Sexton Boots ($159.99), by thirtytwo, from Summit Boardshop • RED Trace Helmet ($54.95), by Burton, from Hoigaard’s • Platoon Goggles ($144.99), by Spy, from Hoigaard’s

Get It Here:
Gear West Adrenaline: 2435 Wayzata Blvd. W., Long Lake, 952-473-0377, gearwest.com
Hoigaard’s: 5425 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-929-1351, hoigaards.com
Midwest Mountaineering: 309 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-339-3433, midwestmtn.com
Patagonia: 1648 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-698-1703, patagonia.com
Summit Boardshop: 9242 Hudson Blvd. N., Lake Elmo, 651-714-1117, summitboardshop.com Sun & Ski Clothing Outfitters: 701 E. Lake St., Wayzata, 952-873-7282, sunandskiwayzata.com
The House Boardshop: 200 S. Owasso Blvd. E., St. Paul, 866-243-6932, the-house.com


Must-Have Winter Gear

From running errands to camping in the snow, winter requires gear. Here are some of our must-haves—and a couple we just plain want.

Camp: Avoid the crowds and the mosquitoes while you enjoy the great outdoors. This sleeping bag will keep you toasty warm in extreme cold. CWM Membrain bag ($718.95), by Marmot
Chop: When camping or trekking in the cold, you’ve gotta have an ax. And it looks cool. Small Forest Axe ($118.95), by Gränsfors Bruks
Drink: No matter what your pursuit, it should include hot coffee. Two Cup Vacuum Thermos ($27.95), by Stanley
Wear: Keep warm without the poof. Jackets keep getting lighter, thanks to technology such as Columbia’s Omni-Heat thermal reflective liner. It’s so thin, you won’t believe it’s 700 fill down. Reach the Peak women’s jacket ($180), by Columbia
Dig: Like Dad always said, “Be prepared.” This compact shovel is perfect to keep in the car or pack on hikes. Snow shovel ($44.95), by Black Diamond
Stomp: Running out to grab the mail, or in the chalet after skiing, the ultimate in practical winter boots is also a timeless fashion statement. ($129.95), by Sorel
Grip: Extra traction helps, whether you’re in parking lots or walking across lakes. These proven grips stretch on to any boot. ($29.95), by Yaktrax

Get It: Winter accessories from Midwest Mountaineering, midwestmtn.com; jacket from Columbia Sportswear, 3014 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-825-6213, or Mall of America, 952-854-5260, columbia.com


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