The Travel Brats
How To Suit Up For Ski Season
When skiing or boarding, the weather can be nice, sunny, and warm, or freezing, cloudy and snowy. You need to be prepared for both hour-to-hour changes. Always check the weather before your trip and each day before you head out to ski or board.
What to Wear & Bring out to Ski
- Ski Socks - usually wool or blend
- Base Layers - long underwear top & bottom
- Many of us now wear cold-weather tights & tops.
- If you have exercise tights and tops - that will work.
- Fleece or Sweatshirt
- Wear on top of the base layer & underneath the jacket
- Bring one fleece
- Ski Jacket - can be a shell or a padded jacket
- Ski Pants - shell or lined - both work
- neck gaiter - Weather dependent.
- Swimsuit - for the hot tub and/or Athletic Center
- Ex: The Copper Athletic Center has a pool & hot tub.
- REI is having a good winter sale - 40-50% off.
- They just finished a great sale with 70% off.
- Here, you can get good goggles and ski gloves on sale for less than $50.
- Bang for your buck
- 32 Degrees brand at Costco
- You can get a couple of sets of long underwear for $32.
- Two pairs of bottoms & 32 Degree Base Layers for $9.97
- Costco had some Columbia winter gear as well.
What to Rent
- You can rent skis, poles, boots, and helmets at the Mountain.
- Skis, poles, boots
- Passes are usually between $150 & $300 a day, depending on the mountain.
- You can get packs
- Ex: 3-day pack for Copper Mountain is $471.51 at the end of Feb.
- Check deals on lessons.
- Ex: $209 for a full lesson with a $50 lift pass
- If your friend has a season pass; Epic, Ikon, Copper, etc, you can get between 10- 25% off on food, merch, rentals, lessons, and lift tickets.