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The Ultimate Gear Guide for Your Winter Ski Trip

Technology + Gear Ski and Snow
by Eben Diskin Oct 17, 2023

A long ski weekend always sounds great on paper, until you realize all the ski trip gear you need to actually make it a success. Whether it’s equipment for skiing itself or essentials to take your apres-ski or lodge relaxation to the next level, preparation is crucial to having a great ski weekend. Compiling a complete list of everything you need can be a daunting task — that’s why we’ve got you covered. Before you book your first trip to the slopes this winter, make sure you check out our list of gear that’s essential for an epic ski weekend.

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“Nailed It” Hoodie

Everyone needs a little reminder that whether they conquered the mountain or wiped out 37 times, they still “nailed it” at the end of the day. This hoodie, in addition to keeping you warm, will remind you that you’re killing it even if the mountain gets the best of you. A heavyweight sweatshirt made with organic cotton, this hoodie owns “wipe out culture” like no other, with graphics of falling skiers and boarders on the sleeves. There’s truly no better way to embrace your shortcomings than by literally wearing them on your sleeve.

Price: $65

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Master Flask

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It might be fun to pretend that the adrenaline of racing down a mountain is enough to sustain you for the day, but it’s not. The truth is, you either have to take a long lodge break for food — and probably lose all your momentum — or rely on your old friend Jack Daniels to carry you through the day. A flask might not make you a good skier, but it’ll give you the liquid courage and energy boost to ski poorly for longer.

Price: $40

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Thule RoundTrip Snowsports Duffel

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Nothing says versatility like a good duffel bag. This 90-liter bag is perfect for carrying ski gear like boots, helmets, and goggles, electronics like your phone, and whatever other essentials you need for a day on the mountain. It has bottom attachment loops that connect the duffel to any of Thule’s ski or snowboard bags, and a removable shoulder strap for easy transport.

Price: $139.95

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Thule SnowPack 6 Ski/Snowboard Rack

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Any ski trip gear list would be incomplete without a ski rack, and when it comes to gear capacity — the more the merrier. This ski/snowboard rack holds six skis or four snowboards and is equipped with a smart vertical spring system to accommodate all sizes and thicknesses. There are also two sets of height extension T-rack feet, so you can raise the carrier and protect your vehicle roof when carrying skis or boards with tall bindings.

Price: $299.95

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Patagonia Uprisal Sweatpants

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Even more important than having the best ski trip gear is being properly equipped for lounging around the cabin after the slopes. Sweatpants are as crucial for the professional sloth as skis for the professional skier. The benefit of these sweatpants is pretty simple: they’re incredibly comfortable. When your whole body is sore after spending six hours on the mountain, and all you want to do is kick back with some whiskey and a Netflix show, you’d better be dressed for the job.

Price: $69

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Chaco Ramble Puff Slippers

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Photo: REI

Trying to relax without slippers is like trying to do a tequila shot without a lime. Technically you can still do it, but it’s more uncomfortable than it needs to be. These water-resistant skippers serve a dual purpose — they’re perfect for lounging around the Airbnb on a cold evening, and you can also use them to venture outside to the outdoor hot tub without ruining them.

Price: $79.95

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Rumpl Blanket

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Whether you’re eager to get warm after a day shivering on the slopes or got dragged into an ill-advised winter camping trip, the Rumpl blanket is legendary for its warmth and comfort. This synthetic blanket is made from the same fabrics and insulating fibers as sleeping bags, with insulation that keeps you warm and cozy all night long. Drape it over you while you chill out on the couch, or cocoon yourself outdoors while you look up at the stars after a dip in the hot tub.

Price: $99

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