Are you ditching the sandy beach for the bunny hill this spring? If so, we’ve got you covered for the higher elevations. When it comes to packing clothing for your spring ski trip, layering is the key to staying dry. Because even when the sun is strong, and the conditions are perfect, the weather on the mountain can change throughout the day. One minute you’re sweating the moguls. And the next you’re wet and cold and shivering on the long chairlift ride back up the mountain. Brrr. So when you’re packing for your spring ski trip, you’ll need to be ready for anything.
Forty and fifty-degree temps can feel downright balmy when the sun is shining, which is why when exposing your skin you’ll need to use sunscreen. Don’t forget, sunlight bounces and reflects off the snow just as it does the water. We like this non-greasy, waterproof, sweatproof formula from Menscience. It has an SPF 30 and protects your skin in extreme environmental conditions making it great to treat windburn too.
So you’re no Susie Chapstick. No big deal. It’s all downhill from here. This minty fresh conditioning lip balm protects your kisser from the sun and the wind while on the slopes. And shea butter softens and soothes, while the natural mint freshens your breath for those après ski situations.
It’s hard to know what each day on the summit will bring. This jacket lets you wear a waterproof shell, the insulated liner or both together for maximum warmth. The waterproof shell repels wet snow, and the zip-out reversible liner continues to insulate even if it gets wet. Best of all the pit zips quickly release heat.
If these waterproof ski pants are good enough for the Olympics, they’re good enough for you. Made with lightweight fabrics that keep your body temperature just right, they have an impenetrable moisture barrier and zip vents at the crotch to let the boys breathe. Pro tip: clip your lift tickets to your pants, so when you start removing top layers you always have it with you.
Working up a sweat is cool. Especially, when you wear a base layer like this one that wicks moisture away from your skin and dries faster than you can catch an edge. It’s lightweight and soft and will stay tucked into your ski pants if you wipe out.
Once your hands and feet get cold, you’re done on the diamond trails. So when packing for your spring trip, you’ll want to make sure that you include a pair of warm and waterproof gloves. These GORE-TEX gloves from Spyder are waterproof and breathable with a zippered heater pack pocket.
Seasoned skiers know that it when it comes to packing socks for both winter and spring ski trips that thinner is better. Bunching socks, sweaty feet, socks that move around in the boot and don’t breathe can ruin your day on the slopes. Smartwool socks are built for performance and the skier that wants the minimum between their foot and the boot.
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