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The fire was lit and the lights were turned low. The music was pumping and SIA released beautiful hot new styles on the cat walk. Talk about exciting, it even snowed! This vibrant, high energy, fun fashion show brought out 2013-14 Winter styles for a very enthusiastic audience to preview.

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The stage featured Snowboarding, Skiing, Apres Wear and Street Style fashions for young and old. Krimson Klover’s beautiful knits for women (feature image at top) were admired by all. Obermeyer, Dakine, Nils, Mountain Hardwear, Descente, Nobis, Icelandic, Polar Max, Trespass and more were there showing there best garments.

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Colors for next season are bright and bold. Lots of patterns can be found in the mix with trim details ranging from leather to bold contrasting zipper trim. I saw quite a few …Click here to read more!




Aspen, yup it is beautiful. So are the people, but isn’t everyone when they are surrounded by an incredible environment! Think about it – fresh air = fresh vibes = a glow you can’t match in the cities and suburbs. What better place to showcase the newest styles and fashions of winter resort, ski and technical outerwear.

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Where do I begin, stressing about what to wear… I learned that it didn’t matter what you wore. Fashion ran the gamete from jeans, to leggings to ski pants, gowns, skirts, dresses and even a few suits. What everyone wore however was confidence. That was the key to making whatever their style shine. Nightly runway shows wowed us with more then a model strutting their wears. It was truly a show – hot music, unique and edgy presentations, soft colors, functional fashions and lovely designs graced these night-time events.


Daily après ski events were actually quite informative. The 20/20 Style and Black Starr & Frost Apres Event was fascinating. STYLE 2020 is a personal service for men and women seeking to bring out their best through refining an often overlooked quality – personal style. Professional and highly experienced stylists help clients discover their individual signature STYLE through a detailed and informative Life+STYLE Profile, wardrobe auditing, field research, signature shopping services,  inspirational education and much more.

A discussion of diamonds and all things jewlery with Black Starr & Frost was mesmerizing. Fancy colored Diamonds, Semi-precious stones, settings, mining, ethical practices and more were all discussed as we tried on some exquisite pieces. All of the girls were in heaven when one of the most beautiful rings I have ever seen was brought out. How often does one get to try on a 7 carat yellow diamond ring valued well above 1 Million. Stunning!

The after parties rocked every night but The Snowstage was THE place to be! Music! Energy! Fashion! Drinks! Cheeseburgers!!! We were all rocking with those incredible models and styles emerging each hour. Check it out and I’ll be back with more!





and man… were people having fun!!!!

~Mtn Views

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Articles like this one (, posted by about office etiquette style blunders are the reason I started writing about mountain fashion, specifically how it’s different from our urban counterparts.

We moved here from the Front Range about seven years ago. My work life in Denver consisted of very strict office attire rules: pencil skirts, high-heeled shoes, button down shirts and conservative jewelry. A year after moving up here and realizing that my suits, blazers, and heels had no business at 9,000 feet, I sold everything at a local consignment shop (shout out to the Funky Trunk ladies in Frisco!).

And despite the fact that, unlike most folks here in Summit County, I’m fortunate to have a full-time office job, I’ve broken all of The Grindstone’s “rules” on many an occasion. So let’s just take it from the top and apply the standards to mountain work places, shall we?

  1. Don’t show off your undies. OK, I half agree with this one. I think having a thong protruding from your jeans is in poor taste. But we all know that tank tops aren’t cut with bra straps in mind (see #4).
  2. Conceal your tattoos and piercings. I recently got a four-inch tattoo on my left forearm that my husband drew for me. And I have no qualms about showing in the office or around clients. Nor do my other dozen co-workers who are pierced and sport ink.
  3. Don’t wear low-cut shirts. The shirts most BMWs (bitchin’ mountain women) wear are manufactured by the likes of Columbia and North Face, and tend to be conservatively cut, to start with. I think the only day I’ve shown as much cleavage as I did in my Denver days was the day I accidentally put my shirt on backwards and no one told me.
  4. Don’t wear club outfits. Right. Because up here you’d look ridiculous tramping around in a bedazzled micromini anyway. I think we can all agree this isn’t a problem. Perhaps because we don’t have many clubs, and, ergo, no club-wear? Hmmmm. As for tank tops:
  5. Don’t under-dress. I’ve worn shorts, tank tops, tennis shoes, and yoga pants to work. And if an employer here in the High Country banned flip flops, heaven almighty, there’d probably be a full-on protest outside their office. About the flip flops, though…I devoted an entire post to the low-maintenance pride typical of mountain folk…but before donning your most comfy flops in June, please invest in a pumice stone and some overnight lotion for your feet.
  6. Don’t look like a clown. I recently talked up the empowering effect of red lipstick. And I stand by it. I’ve become quite addicted to the color, in spite of the fact that I’m one of the rare few in my office who wears anything more than a trace of mascara. Personally, I’d love to experiment more with daring make-up trends, but it just seems silly up here.
  7. Don’t go to work with wet hair. I’d love the author if this piece to come live at high altitude, and wash, blow dry, and flat iron her hair every day. After a mere week it would be fried and she’d be lopping off inches. This happened to me, actually. After destroying my hair, I cut it uber short and started re-growing. With it now back down to mid-back, I never – repeat, never – blow dry. And as for your hair freezing…that’s what beanies are for. Simply twist your hair into a loose bun, pile it on top of your head, and slip on the hat. Your hair won’t be completely dry by the time you get to work, but you’ll have sexy surfer waves that last the day.
  8.  Don’t wear the outfit you drank in. If this rule were socially enforced in Summit County, I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t have any lift ops.  
  9. Don’t over-accessorize. I’ve seen more BMWs with unadorned holes in their ears than I’ve counted earrings up here. So my advice is the opposite of The Grindstone’s: I encourage more of you to visit a cute little boutique on a Main Street, pick out a pair of killer, hand-made earrings or necklace, and support your local jeweler. I think we could use a smidge more accessorizing, but certainly not of the pearl-and-diamond route.

So there you have it: office style etiquette for the mountain workplace.

~Christine Mahorney

Christine Mahorney is a altitude suppresed fashionista living in the ice and snow of the high Colorado Rocky Mountains. She and her husband run a fledgling letterpress studio, Lodgepole Press, and her husband is the wood carver / artist who does many of the the fun, custom carvings you see about the towns. They have two children, ages 11 and 18 months. When not at her son’s hockey games, skiing, working, or cleaning the house, Christine is a faithful reader of Elle and Harper’s Bazaar magazines. You can reach her at

PHOTOS Courtesy of Valleygirl Boutique



“The Mountains are calling, and I must go” – John Muir

The Mountain Lifestyle…  To us, living and playing in the mountains is the extension of who we are.  What you see is a natural, and true, appreciation of the environment in which we reside and recreate.  In our Breckenridge backcountry store we work hard to offer our customers a small piece of that authentic life, not merely a catch phrase.  We strive to protect our surroundings, supporting both environmental and social causes through our participation in the 1% for the Planet program.  It is through our customer’s support, that we are able to give back to the mountain communities and environs that make our business relevant.

The items that we assemble in our shop have been chosen for their true capability in the mountain environment.  We strive for functionality, durability and uniqueness, often looking past the traditional outdoor industry selections in order to find the most unique products for use in the true mountain life.
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Mountain Outfitters – 112 S. Ridge St. Breckenridge, CO 80424

The Altitude Suppressed Fashionista


“Practical” is not a synonym for “Boring”  – After a series of sunny, spring-like days here in the High Country, we awoke this morning to a dousing of heavy, wet snow. Just as I was getting into the groove of wearing my cute warm(er) weather outfits, at the sight of the fresh snow, I drearily pulled a pair of well-worn jeans off the hanger, preparing to revert to my winter uniform: Uggs, jeans, roomy sweater.

Half-way through dressing, I decided I couldn’t do it. Between a few days in Denver and nicer days in Summit, I simply couldn’t revert to my cozy-but-drab snow wear. I shimmied out of the jeans, and pulled a pair of skinny cargos from the hanger instead.

While tugging, pulling, and coercing the pants on – defying both gravity and my thighs – I thought, “I’m going to regret this decision.” I’m so accustomed to wearing looser fitting clothes that the snug fit of the skinny pants on my calves felt foreign, and I knew that by the end of the day I’d rather peel them off and drive home in my skivvies than wear them one more second.

This thought was quickly followed by an image of antebellum Southern ladies who cinched themselves into corsets every day. Can you fathom the pain and discomfort they must’ve experienced? Remember Scarlett nearly passing out in the first chapter of “Gone with the Wind” because they’d cinched her so tightly she couldn’t breathe? Even with nowhere to go, they dressed to impress – not for comfort.

I think it’s easy for us mountain women to forgo fashion altogether with the pride and understanding that we’re lower maintenance than our urban counterparts. And besides, weather and conditions demand that we dress practically (most of the time). But this shouldn’t imply that we live every day in elastic and fleece.

As the season turns and the snow gives way to warmer days, go out on a limb. Throw on a structured jacket with jeans and ballet flats. Pair a pleated skirt with a cable-knit sweater. Resist the urge to pull on Sorels and instead opt for boots without laces.

Cowboy boots with a knee grazing pleated silk skirt and a chunky sweater? Cute! And still very appropriate for running around a Community that prides itself on comfort and practicality.

~Christine Mahorney is an altitude suppressed fashionista living in the ice and snow of the high Colorado Rocky Mountains. She and her husband run a fledgling letterpress studio, Lodgepole Press, and her husband is the wood carver / artist who does many of the fun, custom carvings you see about the towns. They have two children, ages 11 and 18 months. When not at her son’s hockey games, skiing, working, or cleaning the house, Christine is a faithful reader of Elle and Harper’s Bazaar magazines. You can reach her at
Images courtesy of Old Gringo Boots

Fashion at 9,000ft

by: Christine Mahorney

My mission with these posts is to espouse all that is fashion at 9,000 feet…to take the tips and tricks from the NY and LA fashion mags and distill them into what works for those of us who spend most of the year tromping around in snow.

In only my second post, I’m breaking from that. Because there’s a piece of footwear that I’ve never seen any BMW (bitchin’ mountain woman) wear – but I’m not sure why: Wellies. Rain boots. Rubber boots. Call them what you will – I don’t understand why we’re all not sporting them this time of year. They take up double spreads in the fashion pages of national magazines every spring, and are donned by women in cities everywhere to keep their Jimmy Choos safe from weather.

We helped my parents shuttle appliances between their detached garage and house yesterday, and as my Ugg boots squished two inches deep in thick, spring mud, I muttered “I hate mud season.” (I know, I know…we’re not supposed to call it that lest scare off the tourists – but come on, people! When a lot of snow melts saturating land that is 90 percent pine needles and dirt – you get MUD!)

As I stood haplessly scraping my feet in the snow trying to get the worst of the ick off my two-year-old-but-I-still-the-most-expensive-boots-other-than-ski-boots-I-own, I thought about the rain boots I’d purchased from Target back in the fall.

They were black and white hounds tooth, and called my name. I picked them up, put them down, picked them up, put them down and then dawdled in the aisles pondering whether they were a senseless purchase. I thought about all the times I tromped through slush, melting snow, and water pooled into the size of a small lake in parking lots and made the purchase.

After sitting in the box for three weeks, I returned them. I would look silly. Snow boots up here, that’s what we wear – snow boots!

But now I’m on a mission. I’m going to purchase a pair. They’re going to be bold, colorful, and water proof. I will wear them with skirts and tights, and tuck skinny jeans into them. I will bravely cross the street and walk through parking lots with nary a thought to the puddles of slush. I will wear them proudly at BBQ fest on the Friday night notorious for rain. Mud will rinse off them with a mere swish of a hose.

Who’s with me, ladies!

Christine Mahorney is a altitude suppresed fashionista living in the ice and snow of the high Colorado Rocky Mountains. She and her husband run a fledgling letterpress studio, Lodgepole Press, and her husband is the wood carver / artist who does many of the the fun, custom carvings you see about the towns. They have two children, ages 11 and 18 months. When not at her son’s hockey games, skiing, working, or cleaning the house, Christine is a faithful reader of Elle and Harper’s Bazaar magazines. You can reach her at


Fashion is a funny thing here in the Mountains

by: Christine Mahorney

Like many mountain residents, relatives flood our house over the holidays. Here to soak up time with our kids, they’re also here to ski. My brother visited the week between Christmas and New Years. Two years younger than me, he resides in Hoboken, New Jersey, and works in mid-town Manhattan.

He is very much the young urbanite… His clothes have labels. He buys the best. He constantly picked on my wardrobe. While we were lounging around after stuffing ourselves with Christmas dinner, he declared my Dansko maryjanes “hideous.”

I had to defend them. They are slip resistant. They offer a much-needed alternative to boots for those of us who walk in, through and on snow for six months a year. And, I informed him, they are actually considered chic here at 9,000 feet.

I moved to Summit County from Denver seven years ago, with a collection of pencil skirts, peep-toe pumps and Ann Taylor suits in tow. After one year here, I decided those one-prized items were merely taking up space in my closet and packed them up for consignment. I needed to make room for more jeans, boots that were both fashionable and functional, and sweaters that weren’t part of a twin set.

Two months into our Summit County life I received a gift certificate to The Ranch in Keystone. To maximize its worth, we waited until two-for-ones rolled around in Mud Season, then hired a baby sitter for a special evening out. Digging in to my Denver wardrobe, I chose a sleek, winter white mini skirt, black turtle neck sweater and black boots. Perfect for a night out in LoDo…at The Ranch, I only received numerous strange / scornful looks, and more than one suppressed giggle.

Fashion is a funny thing here in the mountains. I’m a fashion magazine addict. I love pouring over the ads and editorials about what’s hot in L.A., New York and Milan. Unfortunately, not much of those styles translate up here.

So going forward, I’ll be submitting posts to Summit Sojourner on a variety of high country fashion topics. And we’re not talking on-hill fashion, ladies. I’ll save the gear reviews and latest greatest ski and ride coats for Powder. We’ll be featuring fashion from local boutiques, and talking about what’s hot on our own main streets. We hope you’ll come to love and enjoy the musings!

Valleygirl Boutique

In March of 2007, Valleygirl Boutique opened its first store in Avon, Colorado and has since expanded to downtown Breckenridge and Aspen. Mixing West Coast fashion with mountain style, Valleygirl has become a local favorite and a must-stop-shop for tourists. Valleygirl Boutique offers mountain chic clothing and accessories at reasonable prices that appeal to both local residents and tourists alike. We strive to be a friendly boutique with a very warm and inviting atmosphere while offering excellent customer service.

Valleygirl Boutique was chosen by readers of the Vail Daily as favorite funky little store and best place to buy jeans and pants. Valleygirl Boutique has locations in Avon, Breckenridge and Aspen! Getting around Colorado this ski season? This is a must visit for fashionistas. Visit all 3 for a wide variety of your favorite styles.