Best Ski Gear for the Season!

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With ski season coming up soon, I know all you skiers are just itching to hit the slopes.  Some of you may be itching for new ski equipment as well- If you’re anything like me, last year’s gear is all battered up from extensive wear and tear, you may be in the market for some great new ski digs!  I recently came across this article which features the best ski gear for this season, all tested by skiers who spent a week using it at Snowbird Mountain.  Some of it isn’t the cheapest, but you’re paying it to last, so it’ll be worth every penny.

The Dakine Chute Pack was first on the list, a backpack designed to withstand the elements and any major wipeouts that may occur while skiing.  For those of you looking for maximum mountain time and minimal stops, carrying a backpack will make frequent lodge stops unnecessary.  Definitely check out this backpack this season!

Greg LimeberryOne thing that all skiers need- a jacket.  For out-west skiers, we all know how warm it can be while skiing- sometimes that heavy, insulated jacket is just too much.  The Helly Hanson Odin Jacket is perfect for these types of days.  The jacket is completely waterproof and offers a light layer of insulation.  There’s also ventilation incorporated into the jacket, making it even more ideal for the warm weather days.  In the cold weather it makes for a great layer under a heavier jacket.

Safety while skiing is extremely important- even more so when skiing bigger mountains and more advanced terrain.  The POC Fornix Helmet and Retina Big Goggle are key pieces to safe skiing.  The helmet will make falling much less treacherous, and the goggles are specially designed with high visibility, so when you’re out there and it is snowing sideways, you can still navigate the slopes (and avoid crashing into fellow skiers) effectively.  As far as ski style goes, there’s not much to complain about with either of these as well!

A piece of gear I know I will be investing in this season is the Powerlock Multitool by SOG.  This nifty Greg Limeberrydevice has got every tool you need- 17 total- that can be of assistance while skiing.  From adjusting a ski to cutting branches to opening bottles, this tool really has got it all.  With this thing in my back pocket, I know I can handle any issues I may come across on the slopes.

Those were just a few of my favorite items.  Check out the list to get the full range of awesome stuff to prepare you to hit the slopes.  Happy skiing everyone!

 

via Greg Limeberry: Skiing http://greglimeberry.net/2013/11/18/best-ski-gear-for-the-season/

Growing Ski Towns to Keep an Eye On

Greg LimeberryAs someone who skis for a living more or less, I am always interested in skiing mountains and locations that are wild- uncharted, untouched, and/or not well known by commercial skiers.  Fortunately with my job as a ski patrolman, I often get to ski areas of my amazing mountain that are unavailable to commercial skiers, which is great because there really is nothing like fresh powder.  Anyways, I was really excited to come across this article in National Geographic that gives the inside scoop on the top 10 up-and-coming towns for skiing.

The first on the list is in my own state of Utah, which goes to show how great of a ski locale we are! The city is Ogden, Utah, and the two main mountains available for skiing there are Powder Mountain and Snowbasin.  According to National Geographic, these mountains are made for the dedicated skier constantly searching for powder skiing conditions and wanting to avoid the crowd.  Snowbasin is the most state-of-the-art, having a great deal of renovations done for the 2002 Winter Olympics.  Gorgeous lodges, chairlifts that are of the newest technology, as well as a tram and two gondolas are all part of the perks of Snowbasin.  For a more old-school feel, Powder Mountain has lower speed lifts and more basic lodges, and its slopes are more geared toward intermediate skiers.  Personally, I can’t want to get over to Snowbasin, which National Geographic claims, “has expert terrain rivaling anything in Utah and superior steeps.”  Sounds like heaven!

Another lesser-known ski location on the list that I’ve got my eye on is Nelson, British Columbia.  Whitewater Ski Resort is the main mountain, which is in a mountain bowl formation where you can find the best powder.  Here, there’s no high tech chairlifts or swanky lodges- it’s all about the skiing.  The area gets around 500 inches of powder each year and the uncharted, backcountry terrain is virtually endless.  All of that and no crowds make this a place I need to check out!  According to the article, there are no lodges on the mountain itself, but their base lodge has a great restaurant.  Without lodges it definitely seems more remote and unconquered- right up my alley!

A third location on this list that caught my eye was Revelstoke, British Columbia.  This place is all about the verticals- 5,620 feet of them to be exact.  The main ski mountain, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, offers skiers multiple methods of getting to the top of these verticals: chair lifts, snowcats and helicopters are all available from the same base location, which is extremely rare.  In fact, it’s the only mountain in North America offering all of this from the same ski base.  Personally, I can’t wait to try them all! With this being a mountain known for its verticals, you can guarantee you’ll be skiing among others who know exactly what they’re doing.

The list goes on to name some other great places, bot those three were the main ones that caught my eye.  Hopefully by the end of this winter I’ll be able to boast having been to a few!