Your new skis and boots are ready to shred the mountain. Your sweet new kit will have you looking good and keeping you warm and cozy while you do it. Next up: all of the other gear that makes for a great ski day. Helmets, goggles, backpacks, socks, base layers, and mid layers (just to name a few!) are essential as well.
Why should you trust us? We’ve spent time at shows and on the slopes, learning about and testing these products. As you plan your shopping list, you might find in our recommendations new brands or products you’ll love – if nothing else, we’ve provided some food for thought to help you think through which brands or what gear you may want to consider upgrading.
Helmets, Eyewear, Gloves, and Backpacks
The new Level (mens) or Liberty (womens) helmet pairs seamlessly with Smith’s 4D Mag goggles and packs in a ton of other features. A solid all-around resort helmet, it combines a sleek look with plenty of ventilation. Additionally, a warm interior and the option for MIPS technology make this a worthy helmet choice.
Smith 4D Mag Goggles | $280
First in its class to introduce a folded lens that curves downward, these goggles represent a big step forward for goggles. Whereas a traditional goggle lens is flat, Smith’s ChromaPop lens curves under the bottom of the goggle to increase your view. This opens up your sightline downhill by a decent amount and even allows you to see into your pockets or pack without looking down. Combined with their easy secure lens swap system, this is one of the best goggles on the market.
The 18L backpack from the beloved Poacher collection is perfect for the guy who goes from skiing with his family one day to backcountry shredding the next. The low profile, slimmed down fit creates an aerodynamic feel while riding. However, there is still plenty of room to carry all your kids’ stuff or any backcountry essentials including your skis or board, and it’s airbag compatible. Add the HydraPak reservoir and ArcticFusion drink tube and you’ll have one well|equipped system.
Marmot Vection Glove | $163
The Marmot Vection Glove are the very definition of comfort and durability making them an excellent pick for all of your outdoor needs. An insulated Gore-Tex insert combined with their patented DriClime lining will keep your hands nice and toasty as you shred pow all day long. The extra leather padding in the palms and fingers offer increased durability while the snug under the cuff fit prevents unwanted snow from getting in and ruining your runs.
Base Layers, Mid Layers, Socks, and More
The High Sierra is as soft as I have found and thermally insulated with a waterproof zip pocket, it works as a comfortable mid layer. When the day is done pull out your California Cowboy bottle opener and most importantly, your beer, from their two respective pockets and become the après ski enthusiast that you are. It even comes with conversation topic cards just in case your sick lines aren’t enough to talk about the day.
Unbuckle your ski boots and slide into a pair of Forsakes at après ski. Both the Halden and Lucie are out-of-the-box comfy and feel like little beds for your feet. The exterior is stylin’ but don’t let the looks fool you. Both the Halden and the Lucie are as rugged as they come with a waterproof exterior that will stand up to whatever the outdoors throws at you. They are truly the peak to pavement shoe you need in the mountains.
A technical sweater of the highest quality that is sure to become your go to mid layer to après ski piece. Slim fitting it hugs your body as a soft and fuzzy merino interior oozes warmth against your skin. Four way stretch moves with your body as you carve ever turn from peak to base. Once there cozy up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and embrace the compliments as they come your way.
The Lokke is the ultimate do everything base layer designed by women for women. Merino wool can be itchy, but not with the Lokke. It’s super soft moisture|wicking design will keep you warm, dry and comfortable all day long. Then when it’s time for après, let some of their fun designs show as you cozy up to the bar with a hot toddy.
Socks are socks, right? Not in the case of Darn Tough and their new Outer Limits ski sock. A fully seamless construction and true performance fit gives them a barely|there kind of feel. But your feet know they are thanks to the padding in all the right spots and mesh panels on the top of the foot and behind the calf that will keep them comfortable and cool as you rip hot laps. Best of all, Darn Tough has a lifetime guarantee, but be sure to check their warranty on the full terms.
BlackStrap Summit Hooded Top | $79.99
Let’s face it; it’s tough to find a good base layer. Some are annoyingly bunchy while others fit like they are painted on. But the Summit Hooded Top fits just right. A relaxed fit gives this top unprecedented comfort to go along with all of its technical features like the contoured hood and dual layered chest that will keep you warm in the harshest conditions. Complete your base layer with the Outback Baselayer Pant.
Flylow Women’s Daryl Hoodie | $150
A pullover anorak that’s a hoodie too. Sounds strange but you won’t think so when you put it on. It is legitimately that comfortable thanks to the combination of technical fleece and smooth taffeta material on top. And, with a kangaroo pocket to store your stuff and keep your hands warm you won’t need any other mid|layer to take you from the mountain to the bar.
Kate’s Real Food: Hand Rolled Bars | $29.88 per dozen
A true ski bum packs bars in their pockets, pack, wherever because you never know when you’ll need one. Kate, who lived the ski bum lifestyle, knows this and came up with some of the most delicious bars available. Made with high quality ingredients and great taste they will keep your body fueled throughout the day without feeling like you just ate a belly bomb.
What’s some of your favorite gear this season? Sound off in the comments below!