Ready to embark on your first journey to the slopes? As a first time skier or snowboarder it’s important to make sure you’re well equipped prior to heading to the mountain. Not having the right amount of clothing or poorly fit equipment could make your trip a lot less enjoyable. Below we’ve comprised a list of all equipment, gear, and clothing you will need.
- Skis/Snowboard– As a first timer it is best to rent your skis, boots and poles as a package. Skis and snowboards can be quite expensive and you want to make sure this is a sport you plan to continue before purchasing. Packages are often available with lift tickets. For example, Whaleback offers a package that includes skis/snowboards, boots and a lift ticket.
- Ski Boots/Snowboard Boots– Boots are the most important piece of equipment so it is important to make sure they fit correctly. They should be snug enough to hold your heel securely in place yet only allow your toes to brush the edge. Rental store employees will help you to find the right boot size.
- Ski Poles– When looking for the right size pole, turn the pole upside down and grab just below the basket. Your elbow should be at a 90 degree angle.
- Goggles/Sunglasses– Make sure your goggles are fog resistant and if you wear glasses purchase a pair of over-the-glasses goggles.
- Helmet– Helmets have become an essential part of ski gear in the past few years. The helmet should be snug and there shouldn’t be any space between the goggles and the helmet.
- Gloves/Mittens– It is important to have a good, warm pair of gloves or mittens. They should be wind proof and water resistant yet allow your fingers to move and stay warm. If you tend to have cold fingers mittens will be your best bet.
- Neck Gaiter– This will keep your neck warm and your chin from getting wind burn.
- Long Underwear– Long underwear is important as it will keep you warm while wicking away moisture from the skin. Make sure the long underwear you purchase is breathable and has moisture-wicking properties.
- Additional Clothing Layers (turtleneck, sweater, fleece)- Layers are key when playing in cold weather. The weather from the top of the mountain to the bottom can vary drastically as can your body temperature depending on if your riding the chairlift or skiing downhill.
- Ski Socks– Make sure to wear a warm, thick socks that will keep your feet dry and warm.
- Ski Jacket– There are a lot of coats out there so its difficult to know what exactly to look for. The most important thing to look for is that the coat is both water resistant and windproof. Make sure the coat fits properly and can be worn with numerous layers underneath.
- Ski Pants-You can purchase pants that are either heavily insulated or thin shells. Either way make sure they are waterproof and allow for flexibility. If you choose pants that are shells make sure to compensate with more layers underneath.
- Hand/Foot Warmers– Always carry a few of these in your pocket to stick in your gloves or boots whenever needed.
- Sunblock– Lather up on sunscreen before you even start skiing. Even on cloudy days the snow can reflect a great deal of sun leaving you with an attractive raccoon tan.
- Chapstick– Dry winter conditions often leave dry chapped lips making this stuff a lifesaver.
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