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If you’re new to skiing, you might be wondering what you need to bring with you on the slopes.
It’s harder enough to learn how to ski, so you’ll want to make your day as comfortable and enjoyable as you can.
Here Is A Breakdown Of Everything I Take With Me When I Go Skiing For The Day In More Depth:
An all-mountain specialist, the KORE 93 can carve up corduroy or conquer tough snow conditions; a responsive all-mountain tool that is often used for touring applications.
Pretty essential right?
2. Ski Boots
Heat-moldable inner-liner for fit to your foot. Walkable inner-boots for stairs and parking lot traverses.
This is what your feet go into and attach to your skis. Ski boots are tricky to walk in but keep your ankles protected.
3. Ski Poles
Ski poles help you move on the flat, support you on steep terrain and help you set up your turns.
4. Ski Jacket
Extremely waterproof and breathable designs and constructions. For highly aerobic, extremely wet or unusually long-lasting activities in extremely harsh conditions.
Waterproof jacket with a big hood, plenty of pockets, and a warm fleece lining. Keeps you dry and has a sleeve pocket for that all-important ski pass. Read the full guide.
5. Fleece Layer
UA Storm technology repels water without sacrificing breathability, Lightweight heathered fleece with a soft, warm, brushed inner layer,
Ski jackets are warm but most of the time you’ll need an extra fleece to preserve body heat.
6. Ski Trousers
High windproof and waterproof but also breathable, it can take sweat from your body quickly; the thick fleece lined inside make you feel very warm while you moving in outdoor activities or working outside.
Waterproof trousers keep you dry. Special wide bottoms so you can fit over your ski boots.
7. Base Layers
The breathable interlock knit merino wool is perfect for maintaining thermal comfort to keep you cool when it’s hot, and warm when it’s cold so you can stay comfortable in any season.
Base layers are thin undergarments like tight pajamas that preserve body heat in sub-zero temperatures.
8. Ski Gloves
Waterproof dryride two-layer fabric shell. Gore Warm insert offers a dry and breathable level of performance.
Keep your hands warm. They’ll need to be waterproof and fleece lined. My hands were always cold until I invested in a nice pair. Choose gore-tex if you can afford it – If you’re looking for a quality pair I recommend Burton Men’s Gore-Tex Glove.
9. Ski Goggles
Large spherical, frameless lens provides a truly unobstructed & clear view of the slopes. Designed for ultimate performance and comfort.
The sun is bright, and goggles protect your eyes from snow blindness (a real thing) and allow you to see everything much clearer. Especially the hidden dips in the white snow. Read the full guide.
10. Ski Helmet
Ski helmet built for both comfort and safety. Equipped with reinforced abs shell and shock absorbing eps core.
Helps protect you from serious injury. Keeps you warm and has other great benefits…see why I recommend wearing a helmet.
11. Ski Socks
Made in a wide range in sizes of a Merino Wool blend that is lightweight, breathable and prevents build-up of smell. It also helps keep feet dry due to it’s moisture wicking properties.
Ski socks are longer, warmer, and cozier than any other socks you’ve worn. Always try out new boots wearing your ski socks for the perfect fit. Brings multiple socks for a multi-day ski week.
The much-loved Vault pack has a modern aesthetic, a water-repellent finish, and the ability to stand unsupported, and it’s endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association.
A light and sturdy backpack to carry the day’s essentials is a must-have. I’ve tried many backpacks over the years and they always let me down. I invested in a North Face Vault and it’s by far my favorite.
What’s in my Backpack?
1. Tasty Snacks
I always bring plenty of high-energy snacks to keep me fuelled (dates, fruit, chocolate..) and a normally packed lunch of home-cooked food (pasta, rice..).
2. Water Bottle
Lightweight single wall water bottle design is perfect for everyday hydration when at work, on the trail or on vacation. Water bottle is lighter due to being non-insulated.
I always bring my trusty Klean Kanteen stainless steel water bottle to quench my thirst throughout the day. It’s easy to get dehydrated skiing all day and you don’t want to have to head back to the station to buy a water bottle that’s plastic/wasteful & expensive.
EltaMD UV Clear is a Dermatologist recommended sensitive skin sunscreen that is sheer, lightweight, and oil-free.
This one’s easy to forget. Always bring suncream. Every skier’s best friend. Use generously on your nose and cheeks. Ski burn is real and can ruin your ski trip if you forget this one thing.
Leather side shields and a design developed for use on glaciers provide complete coverage and protection from the sun.
Whilst skiing I wear my ski goggles, but at lunchtime when I stop, I like to give my head a breather. The sun is fierce at high altitudes and wrap-around sunglasses are a must to enjoy your breaks comfortably.
The Hood Balaclava Facemask sets the industry standard in performance, comfort, and protection from the elements.
On a warm day, this stays in my backpack, on a cold day it never leaves me. A neck warmer / gaiter or balaclava is essential in cold weather.
Chapped lips are common in dry air. SPV lip balm will protect you from the elements. Any is better than none, but most agree that CARMEX is a top-notch choice.
Luxuries I bring
I use my trusty iphone 7 to take all my photos and videos.
(I also occasionally video chat friends and family from the slopes)
2. Video Stabilizer
Now you can take your story anywhere. The Osmo Mobile 2 is made of a high-strength composite material cuts the weight to just 485g, perfect for all-day use.
I love taking videos when I’m up skiing. I recently got gifted an Osmo Mobile 2 which I attach to my iPhone to get silky smooth videos. I usually take it out for a few runs and then sling it in my backpack when not in use.
The Locker Tip
At my local resort, they have handy lockers at the top station. I usually pay a couple of euros and store my lunch box, extra snacks, shoes, and anything I don’t need at that moment.
That way I don’t have to weigh myself down with everything in my backpack all at once. Keeps me light and nimble.
I used to leave it in the car, but that was a long walk away from the gondola. It took me a while to discover the lockers, (I would think that plenty of resorts have them. )
Now if I need anything, I can just ski down to the locker and swap things about. Easy peasy.
Here’s me locked and loaded on the first run of the day.
Why Do I Always Bring Trainers And A T-shirt?
I usually bring my trainers up to the top ski station (where the gondola drops me off) and leave my trainers in the locker. That way at lunchtime or right after the day ends I can take off my boots and put my shoes on.
The relief when you get those boots off after a long day on the slopes is something else!
While we’re on the subject of tight ski boots; I’d highly recommend loosening a few straps at lunchtime to give your feet a break. It’s worth the few minutes it takes.
Having a great t-shirt is also a great idea. After hours of wearing a tight base layer, it’s nice to take it off when you’re back in town or hitting the apres. Saves having to go back to your hotel or car.
Most of this will apply if you’re going on a ski trip or holiday but doesn’t cover what you’ll need off the slopes.
There might be a few things you’ll want to bring that aren’t on my list, but hopefully, this has given you a rundown of the most important things you need for a day skiing.
Pack light, but pack for warmth, comfort, and safety.
Enjoy your time on the slopes.
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