Here at #NMHQ, we are total snow junkies! We eat, breathe, and sleep adventure and can’t wait for the leaves to fall every year.
Unfortunately, we know all too well that nothing ruins a ski trip like being ill-prepared. Though we can’t control the climate, we can make sure we have everything we need to conquer the mountain no matter what conditions may arise.
5 Essentials for a Great Ski Trip
1. Skis, boots and poles.
This one should be pretty obvious… but you really can’t have a good day skiing without the proper equipment. Whether you rent, borrow or own, make sure you have equipment that fits! Last thing you want is to ski for an hour and come down with a case of nasty shin bang because your boots are a size too big.
Most people that live in or frequent cold climates probably already own some basic gloves or mittens. However, when you are up on the mountain it is super important to have gloves that are high quality. This means investing in a pair or two that are well made, and designed for the conditions you will be skiing in.
On a dry, cold, or windy day you are probably going to care most about having warm liners inside of a windproof shell to keep your fingers from turning into icicles. On warmer or rainier days, having a pair of waterproof gloves is crucial. Wet gloves + cold temps = bad day for even the most experienced skiers.
3. Warm Socks
Remember that whole shin bang thing? It’s no joke, and sometimes it is actually caused by wearing too many pairs of socks. The key to a perfect day of happy-feet-skiing is to keep your feet warm without layering which can creating unwanted friction on your ankle and shin. Grabbing a pair or two of thick wool socks with (optional) shin padding is your best bet to ski comfortably all day.
Pro tip: throw some heat packs under your feet when the temps are particularly frigid for nice, toasty toes!
Mega-Pro tip: if you really hate getting cold feet, just get some heated boots.
Mega-Ultra-Pro tip: if you don’t wanna buy heated boots, just stay in the lodge. Find a seat next to the fireplace.
Snow is great on the ground, but when it starts to fall from the sky it can become quite hazardous. Without ski goggles, you could very quickly find yourself squinting your way right into another skier or even a tree. (RIP Bono) Get yourself a pair of nice ski goggles. We recommend pop-out lenses to save on $$ down the road. (Trust us, you will scratch them eventually…)
5. Anti Fog Wipes
Once you’ve got some goggles you love, it’s important to take good care of them. Keep them clean, and treat yourself to some Anti Fog Cloths that will keep you fog free no matter how hard you struggle down the black diamond that was “calling your name”.
They will be your new favorite thing when your goggles never fog up again!