Learning to ski or snowboard at an early age is the perfect way to help young children instill a love for winter. Exploring the slopes helps kids build self-confidence, meet new friends and develop a lifelong affinity for the outdoors.
Started in 1879, Dale of Norway has long been recognized as a leader in the field of wool, and a brand synonymous with Nordic design and skiing. Norwegians have knit for centuries due to the need for practical yet stylish clothing for the Norwegian climate, and it’s no coincidence that Dale of Norway started their U.S. offices in Vermont, which has a climate and ski tradition similar to their homeland. The All Mountain Mamas have been lucky enough to partner with friends at Dale of Norway and test out some of their wonderful sweaters.
As a skier and outdoor enthusiast I’m always singing the praises of wool. What’s not to love? It’s cozy and warm even when it’s damp, is naturally sweat-wicking, and somehow doesn’t absorb odors, which means you can wear your woolens day after day and not stink.
What Dale of Norway does with wool is pretty magical—tightly weaving supersoft merino wool into sweaters, jackets, hats, and scarves in chic, traditional patterns. I’ve long admired both their classic styling and incredible versatility and was excited to have the opportunity to review the Geilo Feminine Sweater this winter.
Named for one of the most well-loved ski areas in Norway, the sporty Geilo sweater is the perfect base layer for winter sports of every kind—including the annual visit to the Christmas Tree farm! The sweater, listed as made from “skinsoft” merino wool, was lighter than I expected, yet beautifully dense and breathable. It has a slim, feminine fit with an authentic Norwegian snowflake pattern and a ¼ zip mock turtleneck. The Geilo comes in a variety of colors and I chose the classic cream and navy, which is accented by a bright red zipper with matching piping around the collar. I absolutely love it and can’t wait to show it off during après ski festivities this winter! And what’s more, the sweater is machine washable, which is a huge perk. One thing to note—I’m rather petite and do wish the sweater was a tad more snug—I ordered the smallest size available and would prefer a bit of a tighter fit around the arms and torso. If you want the sweater to lie closer to your body, I’d suggest sizing down. That said, the extra room means I’ll be able wear my thin long-john shirt beneath the sweater on those extra cold Vermont days!
Mama Dana – Dale of Norway Viking Feminine Jacket
I am in love with my new Dale of Norway Viking Feminine Jacket. It is made from 100% Merino lamb’s wool which makes it warm, yet lightweight and perfect to wear on or off the slopes. The small details are really what sets this jacket apart from any other ski sweater that I own. I appreciate the thumb holes, a design element usually found on fleece items, not ones that are knit. But more importantly this sweater is machine washable making it easy to care for. I know that this well-made garment will last a long time and be a favorite for many years to come.
Mama Mara – Dale of Norway Astrid Sweater and Vinje Scarf & Wristlets
My ski-weekend wardrobe needs a lot of help. Because we always have to travel to ski, I always have to pack. And because skiing requires so much gear and I have two children the last thing on my mind is always what I’m going to wear. The result? Not so many cute après pictures of me. I’m lucky if I’ve remembered an old sweatshirt to throw on.
That’s why I’m thrilled that Dale of Norway has come to my rescue. I love everything about my Astrid sweater – it’s lightweight and soft but super warm, the color is gorgeous, and it fits like a dream. And my Vinje scarf and hand warmers add just the right amount of Scandinavian flair and make me feel completely cozy. You can bet I’ll be wearing this outfit throughout the winter – and that it will be the first thing to go into my suitcase.
It’s a toss-up over what I like most about my pink Dale of Norway sweater. The soft, Merino wool keeps me warm and cozy while the sweater’s vintage style makes me nostalgic for skiing at Bromley and Stratton back in the 1970s.
I received the Bykle Feminine Sweater, which is a crew neck sweater with 16.5 micron Merino wool that insulates against chilly temperatures and wicks away sweat. Its side panel design features a traditional, Setesdal pattern, a signature Dale of Norway look.
For me, the sweater looks most flattering with a pair of leggings. My only complaint is that the fit is somewhat loose around my waist and hips, making me wish I had opted for one size smaller. Even so, the sweater’s warmth and brightness is exactly what I need to get me through a cold winter day in Vermont.