No one wants to go on a ski vacation only to spend the whole trip freezing on the slopes. The following post will help ensure that you are prepared with the right gear. In this post we will work our way from the your toes to your nose.
Socks: First and foremost, always wash your socks folks! Even better, buy several pairs. Your ski boots will smell like stinky French cheese forever if don’t wash your socks. A good pair of ski socks can make all the difference when you are spending the day out on the mountain. They provide support, warmth, padding, and keep your feet dry. White gym socks simply do not cut it (yes, even the nice Adidas ones you buy at Costco). Look for socks with a blend of polyester, nylon, wool, and spandex. We recommend Fox River, Fits, and Euro Socks. Also don’t wear multiple pairs of socks. This will give you horrible bruises on your shin and ruin your vacation.
Long Underwear/Base Layers: Long underwear is a must when going skiing. It is lightweight, keeps you warm, wicks away unwanted moisture, and can even help you from smelling bad. Base layers do an extraordinary good job at keeping you warm. Look for base layers made of polyester and spandex. We recommend Terramar and Polar Max.
Jackets and Snow Pants: The most important articles of clothing keeping you from turning into a human popsicle. When selecting a winter jacket and pants, you want something that is windproof, waterproof (5000mm+), and insulated. Brands we recommend are Scott, Marker, Mountain Hardwear, Burton, and Picture.
Gloves: Gloves are one item you don’t want to skimp on if you get cold easily. Cold fingers are the reason many skiers and snowboarders go in early. We love Swany Gloves. They were originally designed by the person who created the gloves for the first moon landing. The Swany Toaster Mitten is the best mitt for someone who has trouble dealing with the cold.
Neck Gaiters and Balaclavas (head sock): If it’s cold, buy one! Spending twenty five bucks is way better than getting frost bite on your face (unless your trying to pick up a Yeti). I personally like Balaclavas made from polyester and spandex. They cover more of your face and are helpful when robbing banks.