Design Seen: Playing It Cool

1} LACROIX  The maker of winter-sports equipment and accessories has crafted a special-edition set of skis exclusively for the Cheval Blanc resort in Courchevel, France. The pair (about $6,090), which bears the resort’s initials, consists of a diamond-sharpened fiber-metal structure over a wood core. The design marries lightness, elasticity, and shock absorption in a stylish […]

FrontRunners: Cushy Boots

Designed by the Apex Sports Group, a Colorado company known for its extraordinarily comfortable ski boots, the Apex Ski Boot CF3 ( is intended specifically for more athletic skiers. The $1,495-per-pair CF3s have a full carbon-fiber chassis and heat-moldable linings, which offer a fit that is slightly narrower and firmer than those of Apex’s previous […]

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