As luck would have it, we live in the most amazing area in the country, contrary to what those who don’t live here think. If you’re not already part of the “I heart Detroit” club, though, consider this: our 4 very distinct, very beautiful, very temperate seasons are the envy of denizens on either coast, the south, and even neighboring states. And although we may not always think that it is cool to be cold, let Design Detroit show you how you can enjoy winter in the D. The equation is simple: great attire+proper equipment+the Detroit “we can do anything” spirit, and presto …. You have exponentially maximized your potential to brag to your non-Detroit friends about how great it is to live and ski and skate and snowboard and snowshoe in the D.
For the uninitiated – or anyone who needs a refresher – your first stop should be one of the many ski stores around town, like Sun and Snow in downtown Plymouth. (Design Detroit has bestowed on the city of Plymouth the honor of being one of the cutest places on the planet.) Sun and Snow, an Ann Arbor store, jumped off the slopes 2 years ago and landed in Plymouth opening their second location, where service and a knowledgeable sales team ensures even the most unlikely of outdoor enthusiasts imagine themselves as a Casey Larson, Torah Bright or Scotty Lago.
“Properly fitting equipment is the key to enjoying skiing and snowboarding from the get go,” says Rob Parent, co-owner of Sun and Snow with his wife, Heidi. Whatever winter sport you choose to tackle, the team at Sun and Snow will fit you based on your height and weight while maximizing comfort without sacrificing style. Now, before you roll your eyes and say this is an expensive sport, Sun and Snow has an equipment rental program …. Give a sport a try without a large investment. For about 10% of the cost of your equipment, you can be properly fitted at Sun and Snow, hit the slopes for the day, and decide if schussing is your thing. Sun and Snow replenishes their rental stock every 2 years, ensuring that you are getting top notch equipment.
Where to go is always a good question to pose. Try Pine Knob, where even on a mild day the snow is powdery and perfect. Pine Knob has the capability to making snow all winter not matter the temp, allowing you to embrace the sport even when to wind chill is above 32.
Of course the wardrobe, as always, is equally important (unless you are a style maven and the clothes are actually the single most important part of any endeavor). Check out the great pieces that make you look like an Olympian even before you get started. A big shout out to Heather O’Brien at the store who arranged for Design Detroit to shoot and style our Real Style models!
Design Yourself Detroiters (yes, even in the winter!)