Once you spend a few days on the mountain and really get the hang of skiing or snowboarding, you might decide to get some clothes that are ideally suited for winter weather. But at the beginning, a lot of what you need is already in your closest, or your friends or family member's closest. What you can't find can be purchased at reasonable prices at either the Mountain High retail shop or at your local ski or sporting goods store.
Not hard to find. Get something that covers your ears if possible. A helmet is ALWAYS recommended.
This should be easy! If you cant find a pair, we have inexpensive ones at the resort in each retail shop.
Someone has those, or you can buy an inexpensive pair at the resort.
A lot things will work here but try and use something that won't get too wet if it's snowing, like nylon a soft shell or bonded fleece. A lot of athletic team jackets (not letterman jackets) work well with something warm underneath, like a sweater or sweatshirt.
Again, try to find something that stays a little drier. Nylon athletic warm-ups work with long underwear or thin sweats underneath. Ski/board 'bibs' or pants are also very inexpensive at most ski or sporting goods stores (Starting at $50).
Once you are confident skiing or snowboarding is your sport, there are lots of ways to save on ski/board clothing. Our suggestions are as follows:
- Dress in layers. A number of lighter layers allow you to adjust your clothing as the temperature changes.
- Wear a base layer of long underwear or tights.
- Warm collared shirt, turtleneck, sweater or fleece.
- Water and wind resistant pants are the best bet, and you will be very glad you have them. Snow or ski pants are ideal, but jeans are OK as long as you bring an extra pair. Avoid sweat pants, they get wet very quickly! Be sure your pants are wide enough at the bottom of the legs to fit over large boots.
- Jacket or shell with a high collar, once again water and wind resistant is best.
- High socks. Only wearing one pair is best. Avoid socks with big, thick seams if possible.
- Eye protection. Either sunglasses or goggles.
- Gloves or mittens. Gloves allow more freedom of movement, but mittens are warmer - either way waterproof is best. Avoid knit gloves, they get wet very quickly.
- Warm hat that covers your ears. The old saying "If your feet are cold, put on a hat" is true!
- Sunscreen and lip balm, SPF 15 or greater. Even on cloudy days it is very easy to get too much sun when on the snow.
- Be sure to bring extra clothes to change into for the ride home
The Mountain High Ride Shop is conveniently located just steps from the slopes, carries everything listed above. Stop by the shop upon arrival and our friendly staff will help you complete your outfit!