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Canadian Geographic - - CONTENTS - —Michela Rosano

The must-have gear for the swingin­gest après-ski party of the sea­son

Let’s be hon­est — shred­ding the slopes or glid­ing through a for­est glade is all well and good, but the best part of the day comes when all that snow­bound ac­tion ends and the après-ski party be­gins. Here’s a se­lec­tion of what you’ll need to help make this win­ter tra­di­tion a suc­cess at home or out on the town.

1 Sher­ing­ham Dis­tillery ak­vavit

Toast the rev­elry with this Scan­di­na­vian-style spirit, which has notes of dill, car­away, anise, cit­rus and — wait for it — lo­cally har­vested kelp, a nod to Sher­ing­ham Dis­tillery’s Van­cou­ver Is­land ori­gins. $47, sher­ing­hamdis­tillery.com

2 Cop­per shot glasses

Pour a splash of ak­vavit into these en­graved cop­per shot glasses from United By Blue, which re­moves half a kilo­gram of trash from wa­ter­ways for ev­ery prod­uct sold. $42, mec.ca

3 Crosley Cruiser Deluxe por­ta­ble record player

No mu­sic, no mer­ri­ment — so pack Crosley’s stylish and com­pact turntable, which can also stream mu­sic via its builtin Blue­tooth re­ceiver. $90 on ama­zon.ca; crosleyra­dio.com

4 Alv­vays’ Anti-so­cialites and the Après-ski sound­track

The 2018 Po­laris Mu­sic Prize-short­listed sopho­more ef­fort from Alv­vays is a dreamy, garage-rock-tinged col­lec­tion of ro­man­tic en­nui that will keep you nod­ding along but not have you weep­ing into your drink. The sound­track to cult-clas­sic 1970s Que­bec film Après-ski, mean­while, is all retro groovy kitsch — per­fect for a party. Anti-so­cialites, $18, alv­vays.com; Après-ski, $23, ama­zon.ca

5 Granted moun­tain range sweater

If there’s an après-ski uni­form, it’s fes­tive knitwear, and this wool num­ber from Granted scores ma­jor style points with its 1970s and ’80s ski jacket-in­spired de­signs. $440, grant­ed­cloth­ing.com

6 Mèreadesso Travel Ease + Kit

Give your weather-beaten skin a lit­tle R&R with this all-nat­u­ral travel-size skin­care set, which con­tains mois­tur­izer, cleanser, body balm and a cleans­ing cloth. $54, mereadesso.ca

7 Glerups slip­pers

Kick off the clunky ski boots and slip into these toasty-warm yet breath­able wool slip­pers, which have a durable leather sole. $89.95, glerups.ca

8 Fu­ji­film In­stax SQUARE SQ6 cam­era

Don’t spend all night on In­sta­gram. In­stead, keep things sim­ple by cap­tur­ing and shar­ing photos with this vin­tagein­spired cam­era, which spits out square prints, has three colour fil­ters and shoots in five modes (in­clud­ing selfie, of course). $159.99, fu­ji­film.ca

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