Expert or beginner, skiing and snowboarding season is coming! Do you have the gear you need? Now is a good time to check out what you have, see if you need some upgrades, and maybe pick up some new gear for the new season.
Let’s get you geared up for the season.
First, check what you’ve got
Last skiing and boarding season seems so far away now. I bet you had a few pieces of gear that needed some TLC or replacement when you put them away. Before your friends call and say “The slopes are open! Let’s go!” and realize your mitts are trashed, your socks have holes, and you can’t find your left boot—it pays to do a quick gear check.
Take a look at your:
- Mitts and gloves
- Hats, gaiters, and scarves
- Coat and pants (might not be a bad idea to re-waterproof them now)
- Bags (both for carrying to the slope and on the slope)
- Extras like hand warmers, backcountry gear, and avalanche beacons
- Your board and skis
Anything broken? Anything worn out? Check the fit and feel of all the gear you’re going to be spending all day in. It rots to get to the slopes and see you have hole in your coat or pants.
Upgrades for experienced snow lovers
Looking at what’s hot right now, there are always new boards, new bindings, and new boots to check out. What caught my eye are the new interactive devices you attach to your board or boots to help you improve your form.
In the cyborg skier department comes the Roam Elevate exoskeleton. A set of braces for your legs that help take some of the load off your knees as you ski or board (20% they claim). What I read described these as good for people dealing with injuries or want to be on the slopes longer without getting tired.
Here in B.C., avalanches are a big deal, besides the usual gear, there are backpacks with airbags that inflate and jackets to help keep you on the surface. They look like a great idea for people who enjoy going into the backcountry skiing and boarding.
Sport Chek carries pants, jackets, helmets, even under layers, with RECCO® rescue technology built in (like the jacket above). RECCO® works with a little chip inside clothing or gear to send a signal back to a detector to help locate you. The chips don’t require batteries and are “just there” to help rescuers find you. The video below demonstrates how it all works.
The RECCO® website has a list of the full range of gear you can buy with the technology built in. This little bit of technology could save your life in an emergency. If you do any backcountry winter sports, RECCO® equipped gear should definitely be part of your kit.
For more connected tech, there are lots of hand warmers/phone chargers, Bluetooth headphones that fit inside your helmet, and smart watches with snow sports features (altitude, temperatures, and runs). Even if all you need are better fitting boots, new bindings, or an upgrade on your board or skis, now is a great time to get a great deal.
Gear for beginners
If this is the year you want to try skiing or snowboarding, there is a lot of gear you need to get started. One of the first things to decide is what to buy versus rent. This ski season, you might not be able to rent things like goggles or helmets like you might have been able to before. Here are the things you’ll need to before you go:
- Skis/Snowboard (bindings come with rental skis and board)
- Ski poles
- Helmet (usually rentable, but maybe not this year)
- Hat (and something to wear under your helmet)
- Mitts or gloves
- Coat and pants
- Warm socks
- Long underwear and other layers
- Middle layers
- Goggles (you might be able to rent these)
- Safety equipment for boarding like wrist protectors, knee pads, and butt pads
Keeping warm on the slopes is all about layers and keeping dry. Once you get wet, you will get cold. Cold and wet is a recipe for hypothermia and frostbite. Look for materials like wool and synthetics designed to keep you warm and dry.
Save money on winter fun with Moola and Sport Chek
Moola has brought you some great deals on gift cards from Sport Chek. With the ski and boarding season kicking off soon, there’s no better time to head to Sport Chek and pick up the gear you need this winter.