Ski Season Preview: Ski Gear Buyer’s Guide

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The Weekend Warrior

If you’re holding down a nine to five but still hold a season pass and rip the terrain park every saturday, this gear’s for you. The Eddie Bauer Telemetry Jacket and Pants are our go-to kit for every day resort riding. They can handle weather from cold Vermont days to fluffy Telluride, CO powder. To complement that, we put on the Beyond Clothing Alpha Sweater. Using Polartec insulation originally designed for US Army Special Forces, this breathable puffy jacket will be a favorite for years to come. Finally, any good ski bum needs a pair of boots that can stand up to abuse. The Salomon X Pro 120s will charge everything from freshly groomed corduroy to choppy moguls with ease.

THE BACKCOUNTRY ADDICT

The Backcountry Addict

From steep ski mountaineering lines in the Tetons to deep Utah powder, the backcountry skier is always out of bounds, always looking for that stash of fresh snow. Arc’teryx’s venerable Procline apparel that launched this year has been put through the wringer on early morning tours for the last couple of months, and we can’t find a better jacket and pants for the skier who spends more time going uphill than down. The Procline Comp Jacket is a hybrid of GORETEX and softshell fabric, breathing well in the cold and sealing moisture out. The Procline FL Pantsare fully softshell, keeping snow out, but providing ample stretch when the going gets steep. To haul all your avalanche safety gear uphill, our favorite pack is the Black Diamond Dawn Patrol 32. Its harness easily accommodates heavy loads, and it is ready to attach an Avalung kit for added safety. The Salomon Mountain Lab Helmet is the perfect addition for the ski alpinist, as it is the first helmet to be certified both for skiing and rock climbing.

THE JETSETTING RIDER
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