Packing for a skiing trip is a lot different than packing for a summer of surfing. From hardy helmets to anti-glare goggles, your equipment can make all the difference once you’re on-piste. Whether you’re a seasoned skier or are aiming for a cheap weekend on the slopes, we’ve rounded up the best ski gear and clothing to get you mountain-ready.
There’s a reason pros go for this award-winning Helly Hansen Elevation Shell Jacket. Its sturdy outer fabric can hold out with the roughest of treatment, while the down pillows inside provide utmost comfort. There’s also a venting system to control warmth and air flow for comfortable temperature and breathability. Plus, with high-vis brightness, you’ll definitely be spotted by your ski-pals in a whiteout.
Not just a pretty frame – the Oakley Airbrake Prizm Goggles provides pristine vision on the slopes with a wide field of view. Zero UV rays get into the goggles, thanks to plutonite lens material, with an extra easy-to-switch lens to reduce glare on sunny snow days. These spherical goggles fit around most face shapes, providing plenty of ventilation.
Whether you’re a powderhound or like to take things slow, the Dynastar Speed Zone 9 CA works smoothly at all speeds. Extremely responsive and forgiving, this ski gear allows you to carve those ‘S’ shapes with precision and edge grip to boost confidence and allow progress in beginner skiers. Perfect for both groomed piste and off piste.
Durable and dexterous, Hestra Vertical Cut Freeride ski gloves are designed with ergonomics in mind. Build with soft goat leather, these supple gloves allow you to stay cosy without stiff resistance to ensure freedom of movement on the slopes. They’re highly water resistant, staying warm even when you put soaking wet hands into them.
The right ski poles are an invaluable asset when you’re tackling a mountain. Leki Stealth S Ski Poles give a great grip, with durable construction and a handy strap system. This ski gear is perfect for downhill skiing, while the spring-loaded straps offer quick-release to protect your arms and shoulders in case of a fall on descent.
Capture your ski-expertise with a GoPro Hero Session action camera. It’s the smallest, lightest GoPro to date, with completely waterproof features. Add this GoPro to your ski gear and enjoy simple one-button control to record your finest moments on the slopes.
Chances are, you’re going to fall. The Poc Auric Cut protects your head from the small bumps and bashes that come with skiing, absorbing impact with an in-mold EPS liner to reduce injury. There are plenty of vents for breathability that can be closed up in colder climates, and a fixed goggle clip for those who prefer wearing goggles on the outside of the helmet.
Winter workouts are great to reconnect with nature and get your mind and body into better shape. But before you head out into the snowy white mountains, you need to be properly prepared.