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Love Rossignol

My love affair with Rossi!

It’s true, I love Rossignol, the skis, the ski apparel, the French-ness. My first pair of skis I ever purchased, not hand-me-downs from my brothers, were Rossi FP’s. I was 17, they were 200-centimeters long, teal, man… I loved those bright bold skinny skis. That was the 80’s and I was a college gal at UVM, and a ski instructor at Smugglers Notch on weekends.

I loved Rossignol apparel too – so stylish, French in design – technical but chic. My coolest ski jacket ever?! A zebra print parka designed by Jean Charles Castelbajac, or JC for those in the know! Such a head turner, bright red with a big furry hood and two zebra heads! Wow, I was a hit at après ski in Verbier, a giraffe wanted to do shot skis with me! Now my ski clothing taste is more sublime, classic Rossi, tailored – not so zoo-ey, but still bright and bold.

Second favorite pair of skis? The Rossi Experience – a genius fleet of skis. I’ve skied on the dynamic 88s, and the ladies version Rossi Temptation 88s – so much fun – grippy and rippy front side carvers for skiing the East. Then enter the Rossi 98 Experience – the ideal all mountain ski as I began skiing out west more, Big Sky, Vail, Telluride, Snowbird, Alta, Powder.

Finally I stepped up to a fatter powder style ski, since I was skiing more in Vail Colorado than East Coast Sunday River or Stowe. The Rossignol Soul 7 HDW brought me float and fun in powder conditions, and just the right smear for spring slush and corn. Did I mention my Rossignol ski boots? The Rossi Pure Pro ladies’ ski boot is slim fitted, just the right stiffness, but with the softest furry cuff and merino liner. Love at first step, power and performance at each turn.

Confession, I love après ski too! Rossignol makes the most stylish après ski boots, The Megeve! They’ve got sole- literally – fantastic,  no-slip, with fur, leather, vintage grommets, and alpine red laces.  Pair with a vintage Rossi ski sweater, and your ready to rock the Austrian après ski scene– which is the best we’ve encountered so far… but we’re not done “researching”!

Rossi has been making ski gear since 1907. I’ve been a loyal Rossi lover since…well, I started skiing at age 3, so 5 decades and counting. I’m counting my ski days too – skiing my age in days each winter. I’m also tracking the number of ski resorts I’ve skied. I’m up to 215! How about you?! Next stop – skiing Spain, Baqueira Beret in the Pyrenees on the French Spain border, on my French Rossi skis.

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Ski Chat with Travel Journalist Heather Burke

Heather is an award winning editor of  TheLuxuryVacationGuide.com, FamilySkiTrips.com, contributor to travel magazines and sites. She travels the globe, reports on the top ski resorts you should put on your ski bucket list,  from the East to the West, The Canadian Rockies to The Alps.

But more importantly Heather rips on skis, she has huge enthusiasm for skiing, and passion for sampling new ski fashion and ski gear, skiing new resorts, and encouraging women to join in and enjoy our favorite sport.

Heather was a spokesperson on ski travel tips at  the She Shed – Her Turn at the Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo, where she also received an award for “Excellence in Snow Sport Coverage” from ski industry peers.

Exploring new resorts? Heather skis 10-20 new ski resorts each season with her husband ski photographer Greg Burke. She’s already skied over 224 ski areas (okay she started skiing and traveling at age 3)! This ski gal knows how to look stylish skiing first chair and heading to après ski after accumulating 30k vertical.

So Heather, what are you wearing this ski season?
I’m rockin’ Rossignol. I love high performance ski apparel that’s also stylish. You shouldn’t have to choose performance or fashion! Rossi has been making ski gear since 1907, its French-designed, well-tailored, fashion-forward and fun, but the technical aspects are uncompromising. The colors are classic this season, a return to ski glamour with gorgeous blues and bold red, and of course white which I find so chic on the snow …as long as you don’t spill your hot cocoa… lol!

And what are you skiing on?
Rossignol head to toe so that includes my ski boots and skis. I love the Rossi Experience fleet for front side skiing, the 98s and 88s and the Ladies Rossi Temptation skis are all fun, grippy, love to carve, but can handle mixed snow and light pow. This season I finally stepped up to a true powder skis, Rossignol Soul 7 HDW, its 106 under foot, versus most “East Coast” traditional skis that are much more narrow, under 90- millimeters wide. My travel plans have me skiing out west at Vail and Breck, and in The Alps in Austria’s Arlberg – think St Anton & Lech, and Switzerland at Lenzerheide. These versatile fat skis are just the ticket.

How long have you loved Rossignol?
The first pair of skis I ever purchased, not hand-me-downs from mom or my brothers, were Rossi FP’s. I was 17 and teaching skiing at Smugglers Notch. Oh my how I loved those teal skis, 200 centimeters – yes that was the 80’s when the longer the ski – the better you must be..


Heather, do ski apparel companies ever ask for your input?

Fortunately, I am asked on occasion to product-test, or to provide gear feedback. Such a cool opportunities, right? I’m a pocket freak. My number one request is more pockets please! I love a sleeve pocket exclusively for a lift ticket, Now that so many resort use RFID technology, Vail Resorts, The Alps, its perfect to have a small pocket away for your cell phone and credit cards that won’t interfere with the ticket scanning. I also adore a good hood, and a detachable fur collar – faux or no.

Heather, what are your ski mantras:
Yes, ready…

Life is not a dress rehearsal,
Dress like a lady but ski with the boyz.
There’s no bad weather, just bad clothing, to quote my ski friend Wes.
Every ski day is a good ski day, rain is just premature snow, cold is refreshing.
And then there’s my family motto:
If you’re not first you’re last – it’s a competitive ski crowd.

You travel a bunch, how do you pack for ski trips?
I’m a little OCD when it comes to organization, ask my kids. When we go on family ski trips, I have a checklist for everyone. Every member of the family has their own ski bag, covering the list of gear, (see Heather’s ski packing tips  and I wash and dry everything immediately when we return from skiing, and its promptly packed so we are always ready to go to the snow.


Heather, tips on going from skiing to après ski in style?

The après ski skirt is my essential. Strip off your bulky ski pants, slip a quilted skirt (SKEA makes super cute ski skirts) over your base layer leggings, add a furry neck scarf and après ski boots, and you’re comfy but sophisticated and ready to relax, dance, drink. I love my Rossignol Megève boots, they have a super grippy sole, fur cuffs and sassy red laces… I get so many compliments on these super cute boots. See tips on looking stylish from First Tracks to Après Ski.

Finally Heather, do you have a favorite ski resort?
So many … in the East, I love Stowe for its classic ski town and beautiful views, and Sunday River for its extensive terrain and top snow quality. Out West, Vail is amazing, so is sister Beaver Creek. Big Sky Montana has a big place in my hear too. In Europe, St Anton in The Arlberg, also Kitzbühel Austria, and Courchevel France in Les Trois Vallees are all fantastically charming alpine villages with so much skiing …its jaw dropping. It’s magical skiing to a quaint chalet on the side of the mountain for a homemade meals of soup, bread and cheese farmed from these alpine pastures in summer. The après ski in The Alps is mind-blowing as well, they invented “apres ski” after all.

See you on the slopes ski friends!

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