EDITOR’S NOTE this article is a guest post by Ann Shirley (who also provides the photo), enjoy!
Every winter a group of friends and I enjoy renting a cabin for a weekend and spending all of our time participating in winter sports for a weekend. Skiing has always been my favorite winter sport and one that I’ve become quite good at over the years. My friends often make fun of me since I always seem to be the most prepared for our trips. Whenever someone forgets a piece of equipment or something else like sunscreen I can usually spare them one. My secret? I’ve learned to keep a handful of essential skiing equipment and necessities stored in my closet. Here is my list of items that every skier should have in their closet.
- Proper Clothing
This is the single most important item to keep a large supply of. It may be easy to assume you won’t need any while skiing since it’s so cold out. However, the sun’s reflection off of the snow is extremely powerful and can cause significant damage to your skin. Plus, the cold temperatures and strong wind can really chap your skin. Sunscreen will not only protect you from the sun, but it will keep your skin moisturized to prevent chapping and wind burn as well.
In addition to wearing sunscreen it is also ideal to wear a good pair of goggles when you go skiing. The reflection of the sun off of the snow can cause a very strong sun glare making it difficult to see. Your vision is important when skiing as you will need to watch out for rocks, trees, and foreign objects on the slopes. Some people like to wear sunglasses, but goggles tend to offer more coverage and a tighter fit that will ensure they don’t fall off of your face. Be sure to check for UV protection and make sure they fit well with your helmet and make for easy adjustment.
Wearing a helmet while skiing is optional (except for children 12 and under), but highly recommended. This is especially true for those new to the world of skiing. A helmet will offer protection and may greatly reduce the risk of head trauma or brain injury should you fall.
Sure, you can almost always rent your skis as the resort, but if you’re really serious about skiing then you may want to purchase your own skis. By purchasing your own skis you will become more comfortable and use to them. This will allow you to improve your performance and increase your skiing confidence. When choosing skis make sure you choose the right one for your skill level. Talk to the shop owner for assistance and try them on with your snow boots before you buy them.
It is important to be dressed properly while going skiing to ensure that your body stays warm and dry. The most important clothing items every skier should have in their closet are:
- Ski Boots
- Base Layers
Make sure your ski boots are a perfect match for the size and shape of your feet. You’ll want ones that are warm and comfortable so that you’ll be able to go skiing for long periods of time without feeling pain. When purchasing new ski boots it’s a good idea to try them on with your skis to ensure they fit properly and allow for mobility. Skill level is another factor to consider. Beginners may want to opt for a softer boot while those who are more advanced can get by with stiffer boots. Stiffer boots are better for those who can ski at increased speeds without losing control.
The most important element of buying ski gloves is they must be water proof. Keeping your hands dry while skiing is essential. You’ll also want gloves that allow for maximum flexibility. A good way to test your gloves is to try buckling or tying your shoes with them on.
It is crucial to keep your body warm when you go skiing. One of the best ways to do this is by piling on base layers. Base layers are meant to be worn underneath your main layers of clothing and your jackets. You can find the best base layers at a sports shop that specializes in selling skiing clothing and equipment along with other outdoor gear. Make sure your base layers are water resistance and tight fitting. This will help to keep your body warm and dry.
Do you have any of these items in your closet? What are the must-have ski items you keep stored in your closet?