If you’re looking to get out of the house and onto the slopes in the 2017/2018 snowboard and ski season, the time is almost here! We have 36 ski trips planned to Snowshoe and Wintergreen alone! Not to mention our western trips to Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. Our western trips include airfare, transfers, lodging, and lift tickets so you only have to worry about your gear and your GoPro to remember it all.
Speaking of gear, what gear is essential for every ski trip this season? Check out the list of essential items below:
- Pick your style: Decide early on if you’d rather ski or snowboard and make sure you have all the gear you need for the slopes a week or two ahead of time at least. You can get all the latest gear and go over your checklist with any of our associates at our Newport News or Virginia Beach locations. If you have gear from last year you can swap it out for the latest version or get it repaired and powder ready too!
- Bring a big bag: Winter gear like jackets, boots, jeans, and sweaters can take up a lot of room. It pays to have one big bag to store everything in rather than multiple smaller ones to worry about.
- Bring the regular stuff: If you’re staying at a trip overnight, or flying on a plane, make sure to pack the regular items you need for every trip. Toothbrushes, shampoo, a laundry bag, snacks for the hotel room or the bus ride, hangers if you want to use the hotel closet, phone and electronic chargers, change for snack machines, headphones, even tissues and gum. You can save room and stay organized by stopping at a convenience store or pharmacy and picking up a traveler case that will have some of these items or places to store them.
- Bring extra: Undergarments, socks, gloves, and ski masks. Bring more of these than you think you’ll need. Out on the slopes, snow can make its way into your boot and drench your socks in cold water over time. Nothing feels better than having a warm and dry second pair ready for when you get back to the ski lodge! You’ll be glad you packed a little extra when your feet are as warm as your hot cocoa.
- Stay hydrated: It can easy to forget that all that fun skiing and snowboarding is also exercise and makes you sweat. The cold dry air of the mountain makes sweat evaporate more quickly than the humidity we’re used to in Hampton Roads, so be sure to drink water and bring refillable bottles to the ski lift! It helps to have one on a carabiner and attached to your suit for easy access.
- Remember it all: It would be a shame to travel hundreds of miles, spend money on gear and travel, and forget a camera to document your experience with! A GoPro is a small waterproof camera that can stand up to some punishment and take some astonishing photos. Pick up this or other lightweight and portable camera to take photos from driveway to drop-in and back!