April 7th marks the final day of lift service at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (aka The Village). Despite snowfall amounts, the resort shuts down its operations every April to make a safe passage for wildlife migration. This year – as in years past—elk, deer and moose won’t be the only wildlife frequenting this leased forest service land. Participate in the head-turning fashion parade by adorning yourself in appropriate closing day decoration.
Carhartt® Jacket and Chaps
No Wyoming party is complete without a Carhartt® jacket, cowboy hat and chaps! It’s the western version of the infamous East Coast starter jacket-and-jeans attire worn by recreational city folk. If you choose to go this route, make sure it fits your persona and rock it ruthlessly! Not everyone can pull it off.
The colorful tutu may be overdone, but it sure has a place next to pink helmets and braided hats. Show your feminine style, without sacrificing comfort, by rocking frilly gauze atop your technical apparel. Throw on some leggings and a leotard for a seamless transition to nightlife couture.
If work tops your closing day agenda, why not go out in style? Florescent button downs, cutoff jean shorts and headbands go hand in hand with lift-operator tasks. Protect your pasty whiteness with tinted zinc oxide and recruit your cohorts to do the same. Silly late-season camaraderie solidifies friendships before you head off to a summer on the river.
Motorcycle Jacket, Feather Boa & Fishnet Stockings
For that Madonna-goes-biker chick look (there’s no rules, right?), hit the thrift store for some 80s discards. Short shorts liven up the costume, while legwarmers paired with snowboard boots keep your goose bumps in check. Top it off with wrist-to-elbow colored bangles, but secure them tightly so you don’t trash the slopes.
Retro One Piece
Bright colors and a form-fitting silhouette separate the retro one piece from other fashion contenders. A somewhat easy ski town find, this style crops up at resort closings and powder day festivities. If you’re a mountain hipster looking to strut your stuff or a park jibber wanting attention from the chair, rock the one piece. But, PLEASE, keep the butt seam intact as you showcase your steeze midair.
Ski Bunny Bikini
Rocking a bikini takes guts, warm blood and a couple drinks to pull off successfully. Still, it ranks high for ultimate ski bunny garb. Wearer beware – this look is bound to gain you attention. So if you detest catcalls and gawkers, leave your bikini in the drawer and choose a more conservative ensemble.
Make closing day a family affair and coordinate your guise. Big wigs, Tom Selleck mustaches, acid wash jeans and jeggings (part jean, part leggings) create a unified throwback look. Don’t be afraid to tuck your pants into your rear-entry ski boots. And get the little one on board too. Just because Johnny’s kickin’ it in the stroller doesn’t mean he can’t represent.
Justin Bieber Hoodie
It just wouldn’t be closing day without a little pop culture. And a Justin Bieber hoodie makes you reek of confidence! Roll up to the lift line with a hand-held karaoke machine; then rock out a slopeside performance. Revel in your manliness as ladies gather to snap pictures with you arm in arm.