The Essentials for Skiing & Snowboarding – Epic Mountain Gear


The Essentials for Skiing & Snowboarding


When hitting the slopes, it is important to be well equipped in order to have an enjoyable and safe experience. In addition to renting or purchasing the proper equipment, wearing the right clothing is essential. Read on for recommendations on what to wear when skiing or snowboarding this winter. 

Stay Warm 

First and foremost, it is important to stay warm and dry when in the mountains. Choose clothing that will wick away sweat and keep you insulated. A base layer of synthetic fabric, a mid-layer fleece, and an outer layer made of waterproof material are all recommended. Smartwool’s Classic Thermal Merino Base Layers, including the women’s Pattern Crew and men’s Plant-Based Dye Logo Hoodie keep you comfortable, while a jacket like the Helly Hansen Men’s Alpha 3.0 Ski Jacket  or the Obermeyer Women’s Tuscany II Jacket ensure warmth and dryness on the slopes. It is also important to wear gloves, a neck gaiter, and a helmet in order to cover exposed skin and prevent frostbite. Some thrill seekers even opt for the UPF 50+ Blackstrap Hood Balaclava with fabric that maximizes heat and moisture management while laying comfortably beneath your helmet and goggles.  

Find Your Fit 

Second, choose the right boots – comfort is key so that you can perform throughout the day. If you’re struggling to find a boot that fits well, check out the Find Your Fit boot fitting program that partners our expert staff with state-of-the-art foot mapping machines to improve the entire boot fitting experience. In a matter of minutes, we will scan your foot and offer personalized recommendations, so you have choice and confidence in your ski or snowboard boot selection. This coupled with our Performance Guarantee means that you are guaranteed to ‘Find Your Fit’ and enjoy many happy days on the hill.  

Dress for the Weather 

Third, consider the weather conditions when deciding what to wear skiing or snowboarding. If it is sunny out, dress in light layers that are easy to modify and remove so you don’t overheat. If it is cold and/or windy, dress in layers to stay warm. And if it is snowy, wear bright colors so you are visible in case of poor visibility. Also consider that conditions can change quickly, so be prepared. Always make sure your eyes are protected with googles that are fit for snowfall and bright conditions. Oakley and Smith have a large selection of top-rated goggles for all conditions. Don’t forget a helmet too. Not only do they protect, they also provide warmth and integrate well with goggles to keep you warm and avoid creating fog. The experts at Epic Mountain Gear are always on hand to guide and advise on the best goggles and helmets. You can try different styles and see what works best for you.  

In conclusion, there are several things to keep in mind when choosing what to wear skiing or snowboarding. Prioritize staying warm and dry by layering synthetic fabrics, fleece, and waterproof materials. Then, make sure to have comfortable boots for long days on the slopes. And finally, take the weather conditions into account when dressing for your next adventure. By following these suggestions, you can ensure a comfortable and safe experience on the mountain! 

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