When choosing clothes, choose color carefully or you may find yourself frozen forever in an out-of-style look. Skiwear should be in classic tones: the ultimate is black. What you want to change, as trends come and go, are accessories. These are the pieces that improve each season -- a better boot, a warmer glove and a stronger pair of sunglasses. When your foundation is timeless, you'll feel smug standing in line next to a fellow skierin a neon suit with quilted shoulder pads. CAPTION: Picture, BLACK APOLLO ski outfit, at left, by Bogner, $428, at the Ski Center; geometric patterned cotton scarf, $17, cotton and acrylic scarf, $25, fuchsia cotton gloves, $7, all at Commander Salamander; Sun Shields, $79 at Optica (call 800-228-8968); Sony Walkman, $120, at German Hi-Fi. Black Alpina suit by Bogner, $428, at the Ski Center; red, purple and blue wool and ragg sweater with sequins, $110, leopard print scarf, $15, both at Commander Salamander; Serannos reflecting cat glasses, $152, at Optica (800-228-8968); cobalt beret, $12, at Wacky Wear; pink cotton gloves, $7, at Commander Salamander. Black Apollo ski suit, $428, at Ski Center; wool reindeer sweater, $49.90, flannel hunting shirt, $40, both at Abercrombie and Fitch; white cotton turtleneck, $13.95, and glacier glasses $23, both at Eddie Bauer.

Photograph by John Bowden SKIS, POLES AND SKI BOOTS AT THE SKI CHALET. SKI CHAIR COURTESY OF SKI LIBERTY.