Depending on where you live, you may have felt the effects of this year’s winter. Here in the Greater Philadelphia area…we have. But there’s no reason to have the winter blues. Instead, be a half-glass-full kind of person and embrace this winter gold. Go skiing or snowboarding. Try snowshoeing. Me, personally? I’m going skiing tomorrow at Jack Frost in Pennsylvania. It’s much more fun playing in the snow than it is sitting inside miserably.
So if you’re near the mountains and are planning a ski trip, make sure to get geared up, because there is nothing worse than being unprepared for the snow.
Ski and Snowboard gear can be confusing, but that’s why we’re here. That means layer up with thermals and baselayers, such as the popular Under Armour ColdGear Action Leggings. Wear a fleece jacket for warmth, such as The North Face El Cap Trek 1/4 Zip. Then top it off with a waterproof ski jacket.
Equipment wise, winter gloves are essential (See: Harry, Dumb and Dumber). And make sure to have waterproof gloves, because the only thing worse than being unprepared is cold, wet fingers while skiing or snowboarding. Gerbing’s Men’s S-2 Heated Gloves, (yes, heated gloves) are a gift to mankind, as they can heat up to 135 degrees Fahrenheit! A more economically wise choice would be the Gordini Men’s Gore-Tex Challenge XII Gloves which offer plenty of high quality Gore-Tex warmth and dry protection to fulfill your needs.
Neck warmers are a very underrated but important piece to the snow sport ensemble. They provide warmth at a critical area of the body, the neck and mouth.
Lastly, a ski helmet and ski goggles are imperative to anyone who thinks their brain is a somewhat important bodily organ. Back in the day, wearing a helmet while skiing or snowboarding might have been a big fashion no-no, but nowadays, its commonplace. The negative stigma of wearing a helmet is gone; people have finally wised up. Buying a helmet seems like a small price to pay to protect your BRAIN.
Ski goggles not only enhance your vision and protect your eyes from the wind, but they also look pretty sweet.
Take a look at the Oakley Splice Ski Goggles – Black Grey Shattered / Black Iridium, and just tell me those don’t look B.A.
So get out of the house, gear up, and embrace the winter wonderland that mother nature has offered us. And when you do go skiing or snowboarding, don’t try and act all macho by not getting the proper equipment to battle the elements. Prepare yourself and get all the necessary equipment.
Or, you could just wing it, and end up like this guy: