Leave the flip-flops and tanks at home and head to the mountains this spring instead. Spring skiing is some of the best skiing you can have. Why? It’s later in the season so the slopes are typically less crowded, lift tickets are cheaper, its warmer and almost always sunny, and the days are longer so you get more time on the slopes! Tune up the your shred stick (or sticks) for the hard packed mornings and find that carvable corn snow in the afternoon. Here you’ll find some essentials for your spring break mountain survival needs.
When it comes to gloves, Hestra knows a thing or two. The Swedish company has been around since 1936 manufacturing some of the finest gloves you can get your hands in. The Leather Fall Line Gloves feature fine supple cowhide with outseams for increased comfort and grip. Pick them up here for $145.
The rider based company, Airhole, knows the terrible wet face feeling you get after a long day on the slopes. The mask gets soggy or frozen from condensation causing more discomfort than if it weren’t there. Airhole face masks effectively make that feeling go away with their signature “airhole” and breathable fabrics that keep you warm and dry. You can find them at select retailers and online at Backcountry.com starting at $20.
The Smith I/OX goggles are equipped with the largest spherical lens possible, allowing for unparalleled peripheral vision. The lens have a special 5X anti-fog technology and come with two different tints with easy interchangeability. Head over to smithoptics.com and pick up a pair for $175.
Keep your schnapps handy with the Stanley classic flask. Made with odorless and tasteless stainless steel, the interior won’t mix good whiskey with the aroma of last month’s Jager mistake. The slim profile will also help keep bulk from your jacket or pants. Pick one up at Stanley’s website for $28.
The Jones Further 24L pack is the perfect mid-size backcountry pack offering enough volume to hold all the essentials and some. A separate avy tools pocket keeps your safety system close and a fleece-lined goggle pocket will help keep your vision clear. When it comes time to bootpack, side and vertical board carry straps plus side ski-carry straps allow multiple options for carrying the load. The lightweight 24L weighs 1.28 kg (2.8 lbs) and is made from recycled fabrics. Pick the backpack now for $129 at jonessnowboards.com.
Safety on the mountain comes first. You never know what you’re going to get yourself into when you’re in the backcountry shredding that fresh powder. This package of premium gear is built for backcountry skiers who spend their seasons skinning and skiing in serious terrain. The PIEPS DSP Pro Beacon features a massive search range and pinpoint accurate three-antenna design, and when combined with the top-of-the-line Black Diamond Evac 7 Shovel and Quickdraw Carbon 320 cm Probe makes for a kit worthy for all backcountry professionals. Pick it up at blackdiamondequipment.com for $530.
Stance is well-known in the sock world for their incredible comfort and unique designs. Whether you’re looking for midnight rail sessions, missions to the backcountry, lapping the park, or cruising some groomers, Stance will keep your feet warm and comfortable. Check out their wide range of ski/ snowboard socks starting at $15 at stance.com.