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5 Must-Haves for Your Next Ski Trip

December 8th, 2016

Things Not to Forget on Your Next Ski Trip

Bare branches and lights in the trees mean it’s time to get ready to ski. And whether you ski the East or float out west, you can hang with anybody — as long as you have the right equipment. Haven’t been skiing in a while? Take a look at this list of must-haves for your next adventure. Get your boards sharpened and grab your boot bag, because it’s time to hit the slopes.


Warmers

Flinty skiers from back in the day made do just fine with these handy little pouches that warm your fingers and toes — but who wants to be flinty? Choose warm instead, and keep your ski bag packed with these teabag-sized wonders that assure your extremities stay toasty all day long. Caution: They get hot, so be careful when placing them against bare skin. Also, if you keep your ski boots tight, you may not have room on top of your toes. Step on them instead and be prepared to take them out if your feet become uncomfortable.


Uggs

Skis are now shaped and short instead of long and straight. The newest boots are heat-molded to fit your feet precisely. But even with these impressive advancements, skiing is still pretty uncomfortable on the lower body — especially when you’re walking through the lodge. Nothing feels better when you take off your boots at the end of the day than sliding them into fluffy, sheepskin-lined Uggs. Are they bulky? Yes. Sexy? Not at all. Practical and comfortable? Absolutely. Your feet and shins will breathe a sigh of relief as you wiggle your toes in complete comfort.


Outerwear

If you’ve ever skied in Vermont in January and withstood -2-degree temperatures at the base of the mountain — that’s right, the base — then you know there is nothing more important than high-quality outerwear. Keep a facemask in your bag for ultra-cold days. Upgrade your jacket to one that sports a GoreTex Pro Shell lining — it’s waterproof and resists wind. Make sure the zippers on your jacket are sealed, and that there is an attached hood you can cinch tightly over your helmet and around your face. Arc’teryx makes stylish jackets that are warm, waterproof and wind resistant.

If you don’t have a helmet, it’s time to get one. Everyone wears a helmet now, as hard as that may be to believe. And lest we forget, remember that cotton is rotten. Layer up in wool, including your socks. You can always strip layers if necessary.


Skin and Sun Protection

Bright sunlight and cold, dry winter air wreaks havoc on sensitive eyes and skin. Keep moisturizer, including lip balm, in your bag at all times. If you’re skiing out west or in the spring, make sure you choose formulas with sunscreen. Choose sunglasses with polarized lenses so you can block out harmful rays and still tell the difference between the peaks and troughs on your favorite mogul run. Reapply periodically during the day.


Mittens Instead of Gloves

Gloves make it easier to pick things up, but how much manual dexterity do you need while you’re skiing, anyway? Opt for warm mittens instead. They keep your fingers warmer during the coldest days without barely any loss of functionality. And when it comes to skiing, staying warm is half the battle.