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Retail Therapy : PISTE OFF; Is your ski style letting you down? Are you more snow ball than snow bunny? We can't teach you the snow plough, but, rest assured, we'll ensure you're the finest-dressed 'vin chaud' drinker in the chalet. Then read on to see how to sashay down the slopes in style.

Byline: WITH VICTORIA THOMAS

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QUICKSILVER

Packed with bags of attitude, Quicksilver's funky Brick Jacket and Timber Pant combo includes plenty of functional features to appeal to powder-crazy snow dogs.

Standard issue for the all-mountain commando, the jacket, priced pounds 180, is perfect for full-on assaults across the resort.

Its heavy-duty construction takes the hits with style and comfort, and a sherpa fleece lining gives plenty of warmth for wipe outs.

The herringbone fabric gives the trousers, pounds 150, a classic feel updated with an asymmetrical pocket design.

The loose fit, easy waist adjustment and ankle openings allow boarders and riders to further customise the look.

Buy both at Snow + Rock in Priory Queensway, Birmingham

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ROXY

Who says ski wear has to be bulky and Marshmallow Man-esque? This Frequent Flyer Hoodie, pounds 52.95, in shocking pink gives a flattering, slimline silhouette while still keeping out the winter chill

The Back Street Driver pants, pounds 110, bring the style of the office to winter sports. Its pinstripe face fabric and flat-fronted cut mimic the classic suit trouser for an inventive take on snowboard wear.

Also available at Snow + Rock

3 BURTON

Baby it's cold outside, so snuggle up in this friendly Rancher Puffy Vest from Burton.

The cowgirl-inspired design uses faux suede on the shoulders for maximum yee hah effect.

Priced pounds 49.95 from Snow + Rock

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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

Ultra-modern and technologically advanced, the eyewear collection from Alexander Mc Queen is every bit as avant-garde as his clothes. The range is crafted from lightweight titanium and acetate in a range of directional styles and is just perfect for showing off on the slopes. Available from Harvey Nichols, prices start at pounds 110

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GOLA CLASSICSKiller heels may be the ultimate in glamour but unfortunately, they're just not practical on icy ground.

Instead, stay cool by slipping on these stylish 'space boots' from Gola Classics - perfect fashion for toastie tootsies.

They may just save your life too. No mountain ranger could fail to miss those vibrant, retro colours in an avalanche.

Nab this pounds 50 pair from Sims in Stephenson Street or Cloggs of Oasis in Priory Square, Birmingham

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THE BODY SHOP

Glacial eyes in frosty, cool colours are a must for wannabe snow queens.

Check out The Body Shop's stylish eye and cheek palettes, pounds 14, in shades of brown and green.

Add a touch of 'barely there' blush to the cheeks, like Cranberry brilliance powder, pounds 13, and lashings of gloopy gloss in plum pudding or party pink, pounds 8.50, and be the ultimate ice ice baby

7 LUSH

After a day of gruelling exercise (sipping hot chocolate in chalets), treat weary bones with a soothing, hot bubble bath. The Blue Skies & Fluffy White Clouds bubble bar, from Lush, has been especially designed to evoke memories of a hot, Eastern day - the perfect antidote to recovering from a freezing frolic in the snow.

Balancing patchouli oil, relaxing frankincense and stimulating cinnamon combine to leave you ready to face the slopes with a clear head and steady mind.

A 200g bar, small enough to squish in your suitcase, costs just pounds 2.95

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CIRCAROMAWhile I would never advocate the wearing of devil balm in everyday life, chilly temperatures and dazzling sunlight can play havoc with a gal's pout. So take precautions and butter up your lips with this seasonal vanilla and warm spice creation from aromatherapy experts Circaroma.

It contains only natural and organic products, like chamomile and karite tree oil, to nourish and protect your smacker.

Buy online at www.circaroma.com for pounds 5

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PRADA SKINCAREDon't be fooled by those pretty madams sporting the "natural look" in the Alps. They may have left the full armoury of warpaint back in Blighty, but rest assured that healthy, sunkissed glow has had a little helping hand.

Join the cheats and kit yourself out with Prada's Hydrating Compact Powder which, as well as fitting neatly into any ski jacket, comes with its own mirror, ideal for checking out your tan on the ski-lift.

The olive oil fruit and luffa seed oil contained within help the skin retain water, resulting in a perfectly moisturised, dewy complexion.

Available in Glow, Beige and Medium shades, the powder comes in a refillable leather case, priced pounds 45, from House of Fraser

10 CLARINS

Some sexy boarder needs to be on hand to apply this, but with your fabulous new ski gear and gorgeous wintry makeup, he won't be too hard to find.

Clarins Anti-Eau Body Treatment Oil is just right for rubbing away the aches and pains of the day. Plus it's made for smoothing out bumps and kicking cellulite into touch. Good eh? Available at Selfridges, Boots, Beatties, Debenhams, House of Fraser and Livingwell, priced pounds 29.50
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