ChunkyloverHit it on the head with earth tones. Last year we saw a lot of carhartt couture work-wear clothing styles, and I see it transitioning into a military-surplus sorta look. I expect to see a lot of dark green and tan, maybe even some camo. Also, the spanking new arteryx goretex crowd of yesterseason will chill out a bit and wear stuff that's less "technical-wear performance beast".
For style, I see the "old-school surfer skrrrting their huge 80's repress transition decks through the pools" skating trend that was big their year bleeding into winter sports. Hand drags, hand plants, overstylish slow and laid-out, looking laid-back while going big.
Powder surfing blowing up and people incorporating the attitude into their gear choices and riding mentalities. Laying back into a powder ocean with soft, wide, swallow-tails. Getting a little cheesy to a reggae track. Log jams.
With a lot of comps out the door, it's such a convenient time for people to experiment with chill-asf soul trickin.
Looks left, looks right...
Last season's "I am better than you, I am a couloir freak that wears pastel performance wear" Crowd has suddenly adopted a surfer-attitude and become "slowmo style gods soul riding in our army camo drips and doing low angle log jams."
Another trend I saw this year around Park City was "vibing like we're the cast of Drake's 'War' music video":
It's way too early to make a solid prediction for next season's trends, but ehh here's my stab at some of em:
- Dressed in denim and leather like a punk rock concert
- Snow camo, but instead of the traditional pattern, it'll be new inky patterns like branches or leopard
- Matching top/bottom prints
- Ironically wearing cute little pop art characters
- Flow parks! bowls, spines, transitions, people describing themselves as a "transition skier"
- Natural Selection type powder course comps
- High amplitude zero spins
- The 70's resurfaces, incorporating body slides and rolls on the snow like lazy boys or belly slides or worm turns
- A little uptick in ski ballet maneuvers - everyone learns how to do a Wong Banger
- Doing a flip over your poles becomes a status symbol
- Ordinary people wanting to ski the extremes of ski flex
- More and more souped-up sprinter vans, everywhere you look
- People putting rave lights on their skis and snowboards for night skiing or deep pow... possibly seeing a commercially ready one come out in the second half of the season. Hell, someone might even try to make a "night skiing specific" pair.
- Ski companies start selling tailgating shit
- Those visor goggle helmets
- More growth in the binding-less market