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The outerwear that will have you ready to ride right into the new year.
Tis’ the season to treat yourself, ladies – that’s why we’ve come up with a list of the hottest women’s outerwear for the 2018/19 ski season. From apres affairs to getting glam on the groomers, we’ve got everything you’re looking for this season.
Let’s take a look at some of our favorites in no particular order:
Obermeyer Malta Pant
An on slope favorite year after year for women all over the globe, the Obermeyer Malta Pant is fashion and function forward. These mountain ready pants are loaded with features every ski enthusiast will love like Skier Critical Seam Sealing and an adjustable, fleece-lined waistband for comfort.
If that’s not enough the Malta Pant is also loaded with 40g of Thermore Thermal Booster insulation for lightweight warmth wherever you roam.
The North Face Apex Flex GTX 2L Snow Jacket
If you’re seeking lightweight, nimble protection out on the mountain look no further than The North Face Apex Flex GTX 2L Snow Jacket. This weatherproof jacket is constructed with a guaranteed waterproof GORE-TEX membrane and features a removable, helmet-compatible hood that offers additional protection when needed.
If the Apex Flex GTX 2L Snow Jacket hasn’t stole your heart yet, it’s slim fit that allows for streamlined movement and style will sure grab your attention.
NILS Ethyl Bib Pant
Take a step back in time with the NILS Ethyl Bib. These classic bibs are designed to provide all-weather protection whether you’re ripping the groomers or exploring the glades. Ladies, if you like adventure the Ethyl Bib has all the ski-friendly features you’re longing for like 4-way stretch and adjustable elastic shoulder straps that hold your layers in place for comfort.
Let’s not forget, they also have critically sealed seams to keep moisture out of high-impact areas and zippered gusset bottoms that easily slide over boots.
Salomon Brilliant Jacket
If you’ve got a passion for sport and fashion, the Salomon Brilliant Jacket holds up to its name. The moisture-wicking 3D stretch lining keeps you cool, calm and collected lap after lap while Advanced Skin Dry with Motion Fit Technology allows you to move and shake all the way down the mountain.
This best-seller also features a lift pass pocket making it easy for you to ride to the top, and the Internal Media Pocket will let you bring your favorite tunes into the backcountry and beyond.
Columbia Hawks Prairie Parka
Take it to the snow covered streets with the Columbia Hawks Prairie Parka. Omni-Tech 10k/10k and Thermarator Insulation keep you warm, dry and comfortable wherever your busy day takes you.
The Hawks Prairie’s ribbed cuffs are put in place for next-to-skin comfort and the removable faux fur trim adds a little bit of sophisticated style to your cold weather wardrobe.
Orage Nina Jacket
If you like to take it to the backcountry, the Orage Nina Jacket will be your new favorite adventure companion. The Dermizax 2L 20k/20k waterproof, breathable membrane keeps you completely protected from harsh weather, while 100g of Warm Si Insulation offers the lightweight warmth you need while being active.
The Nina’s helmet-compatible hood is put in place for additional warmth and coverage, while underarm venting allows you to regulate your body temperature on the fly.
There you have it ladies – the hottest women’s outerwear for the 2019 ski season. Don’t miss out on all the great deals at SKIS.comthis season, and as always be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram @skisdotcom.
Mikey Leblanc does things a little differently. The legendary former pro snowboarder has never been one to just go with the flow, so in 2002 when he started the outerwear brand Holden, you had good reason to believe it would take a new approach to ski and snowboard apparel.
At a time when snowboard outerwear was often gimmicky and unnecessarily gaudy, Leblanc set out to create designs that were street-inspired and technical. The authentic urban style that Holden embodies today stems from his vision.
Founded on Function and Form
Founded in Venice Beach, CA in 2002, Holden was masterminded by the tag team of Leblanc and designer Scott Zergebel. That duo got to work creating original designs that were performance-oriented and made with a stylistic sensibility unlike any other. Their focus was to redefine the natural order of outerwear by creating an elevated, urban aesthetic with iconic and versatile pieces of outerwear that would be unrivaled in their quality. Did they succeed? Well let’s just say there’s a reason they’re still thriving more than 15 years later.
What makes pieces of Holden outerwear so special? They combine technical street fashion with eco-friendly materials for outerwear that is practical, fashionable and sustainable. There’s no gimmicks with Holden outerwear; the gaudy gear of the Leblanc’s heyday is nowhere to be found in the designs of Holden’s streamlined and modern jackets, pants and other gear.
Being environmentally conscious is a staple of Holden’s brand mission too. Using only eco-friendly fabrics in its technical jackets, Holden ensures that their products are helping to conserve the world that we all love to play in and explore so much. Their commitment to environmentally-friendly fabrics is award-winning; Holden won a Worth Global Style Network award in 2006 for its development of a fabric made of hemp and recycled plastic bottles that is both waterproof and breathable. Combining performance for the wearer and protection for the environment, Holden melds sustainability with style and an efficient design.
What’s Hot for 2019?
Let’s take a look at some of the hot items in Holden’s 2018/2019 season line. First, we’ll start off with some jackets:
Holden’s top-of-the-line performance jacket will carry you through season’s worth of backcountry adventures with technical skill and comfort. This jacket has a 3-layer Japanese fabric construction that has the ability to be worn everywhere from deep in the backcountry to running errands around town. It’s lightweight and streamlined with high grades in waterproofing and breathability, perfect for when the winter weather gets rough and rocky.
The Holden Nelson Jacket is full of ultra-warm down insulation, making this the coziest of jackets in Holden’s line. When you need warmth that won’t quit in the coldest of conditions, the Nelson Jacket is the one to grab from the closet. A 20k/20k waterproof and breathability rating makes the Nelson a full-fledged bombshell in the backcountry, with protection for everything that winter can throw at you. The down insulation is sustainably-sourced, and if you care to learn more about the origins of your jacket’s insulation you can use the site trackmydown.com to learn about where it came from and what it’s made of.
The Highland Men’s Bib Pants stay true to all the other outerwear on this list, boasting 20k ratings for both breathability and waterproofing and fully-taped seams for when you are waist deep in pow. One of the top reasons to wear this bib is for its nylon/spandex stretch ripstop fabric, which has a 360-degree stretch for easier movement and a less-restricting fit. The Highland Bib is made for just that, protection in the snow-covered highlands.
Holden is a brand based on a vision and they stay true to that vision every day. If you want outerwear that is technical, low-key fashionable and rider-driven, then Holden is the brand for you.
Head over to Skis.com to see all Holden outerwear for the 2018/2019 season.
This blog is the third in a series guest-written by Idaho-based travel writer and photographer Aaron Theisen. Wish you could ski the amazing locales Theisen writes about? Enter the Great Idaho Ski Getaway for an opportunity to win 5 days of epic skiing at 3 world-class resorts in Idaho.
The après-ski experience in North Idaho is as casual as the skiing. Although sack lunches and Coors Lite are still staples, visitors can find local microbrews and pub food that’s a cut above the cafeteria-style dining of days past.
SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT
The Nest Bar & Restaurant
Taps Lounge, Schweitzer Mountain Resort’s signature après ski spot, is best known for its namesake two-dozen brews on rotation. Guests at this raucous ski-in bar tend to find reserves of stamina even after a deep powder day, judging by the activity on the dance floor.
Located in the Sky House at Schweitzer’s summit, The Nest Bar & Restaurant offers a more intimate dining option with a panoramic view of the resort.
SILVER MOUNTAIN RESORT
Radio Brewing Co.
Unique among ski-area bars on this list, Mogul’s Lounge, in the Mountain House lodge, welcomes families, and it’s a bit roomier than the cafeteria-style dining downstairs. At the bar, adults should check out one of the dozen rotating handles, which favor local micro-brews.
At the end of the day, order a “gondie beer” in a to-go cup for the half-hour gondola ride back to the valley. In historic downtown Kellogg, Radio Brewing Co. serves locally sourced cuisine with an emphasis on creative small plates—the Korean-style tacos are made for sharing but are good that you won’t.
LOOKOUT PASS SKI AREA
Wallace Brewing Co.
The Loft Pub, on the upper floor of the second-oldest lodge in the Northwest, serves its drinks appropriately no-frills. In addition to beer, the simply adorned Bloody Mary and boozy coffee options provide a mid-day pick-me-up.
Nearby Wallace is the sort of old mining town that once boasted more bars (and bordellos) than churches; while a handful of taverns remain, serious beer fans should check out Wallace Brewing and North Idaho Mountain Brewery (inside City Limits Pub and Grill) for local microbrews.
Check out more of Theisen’s work on his website and by following him on Instagram.
This blog is the second in a series guest-written by Idaho-based travel writer and photographer Aaron Theisen. Wish you could ski the amazing locales Theisen writes about? Enter the Great Idaho Ski Getaway for an opportunity to win 5 days of epic skiing at 3 world-class resorts in Idaho.
The ski areas of the Idaho Panhandle all possess their own character and champions: Silver Mountain Resort, with steep glades and deep Silver Valley snow; laid-back Lookout Pass Ski Area on the Idaho/Montana border, with its bountiful Bitterroots powder and backcountry access; and the expansive alpine bowls and long ridges of Schweitzer Mountain Resort’s nearly three thousand acres of terrain.
But if you’re new to the area, or if you’re a long-time pass-holding partisan to a particular mountain, it can be difficult to maximize your ski time at a new ski area. So, below is a handy primer to each of the area’s must-ski runs.
SILVER MOUNTAIN – NORTH FACE GLADES
Silver Mountain Resort
There are few better freshies bragging rights than Silver’s steep gladed double black. Immediately off the top of Chair 2, two entrances deposit skiers in steep, deep meadows that transition into ever tighter trees; the middle section requires good line selection to avoid getting “jailed out” in thickets of young timber. Hunt around—or beg a local to show you—for the steep chute shots hidden on far skier’s right of the run. The run exits onto Lower Centennial for a final roller-coastering run to Chair 3. North Face Glades tends to collect wind-deposited snow; after a big storm, this is the place to be.
Runner up: Steep, powder-packed Shaft makes an excellent finale to a top-to-bottom run of Chair 4.
LOOKOUT PASS – LUCKY FRIDAY GLADES
Of the tree runs listed here, Lucky Friday’s moderate-angle, northeast-facing glades offer the most open lines. It’s a good run for skiers looking to dip a toe into tree skiing, with lines that touch on the thrill of skiing near trees without having to ski through them. Like Silver’s North Face Glades, Lucky Friday Glades hoard powder; thanks to the wider, more open terrain, it’s also a little easier to find untouched stashes. Off Chair 1, Lucky Friday offers quick-lap tree skiing; it’s the one glade run where a skier can easily do double-digit runs in one day.
Runner-up: Directly under Chair 4, Sundance gradually ups the ante into a steep, rolling run with plenty of tree-ski play in the margins. The heavily moguled lower section is the place you’re most likely to get cat-called if you cartwheel.
SCHWEITZER – PUCCI’S CHUTE
Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Unique among North Idaho ski areas, Schweitzer boasts steep alpine bowls rather than rolling forested terrain. And while the Outback Bowl, on the resort’s backside, offers terrain as wide-open as its namesake, skiers will find the best runs in the trees. Pucci’s Chute immediately throws skiers into high-angle timber, where tight-radius hop turns are a must. As the terrain opens up, rock drops provide ample air-time opportunities.
Runner-up: Australia provides the same high-angle skiing as Pucci’s Chute but without the trees. A series of rollovers provides either a speed-check or an air opportunity depending on your ski style.
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This blog is the first in a series guest-written by Idaho-based travel writer and photographer Aaron Theisen. Wish you could ski the amazing locales Theisen writes about? Enter the Great Idaho Ski Getaway for an opportunity to win 5 days of epic skiing at 3 world-class resorts in Idaho.”
Sun Valley may get most of the shine, but Idaho offers more to skiers than just this high-class resort: 18 ski areas, more than each of its ski-mecca neighbors Utah and Montana. And North Idaho’s panhandle, the skinny spot squeezed between Washington, Montana and southern British Columbia, boasts some of the best in Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Silver Mountain Resort and Lookout Pass Ski Area.
It’s the way skiing used to be. Here, Nascar jackets often outnumber Nano Puffs in the lift line, and both first-timers and old-timers feel welcome. The old-school vibes extend to the ticket prices too. In an era when it seems ski resorts have squeezed out the average Joe, the average adult full-day ticket price comes in at less than $62 at the Panhandle ski areas.
But the skiing should satisfy even the most serious powderhound. Between three- and four-hundred inches annual inches of snow comprise a snowpack that’s neither maritime nor Intercontinental but the best of both—moderately light and fluffy but with good structure and stability underneath.
With reliable snowpack and reasonable ticket prices, skiers can easily plan a successful road trip to the resorts of the Idaho Panhandle.
Begin at Lookout Pass Ski Area on the Idaho/Montana border. The ski area’s small footprint—only 540 acres—belies its big snowpack; it’s not unusual for Lookout to get a foot of snow when nearby ski areas get skunked, thanks to its location in the relatively wet Bitterroot Range.
The best run to harvest snow? The open, northeast-facing Lucky Friday Glades, which stash powder and are easy to lap.
The backside of the ski provides access to the Stevens Peak backcountry, one of the region’s most revered touring zones, some of which will be subsumed by a planned expansion which will double the ski area’s acreage.
Lookout straddles, in addition to two states, two time zones (Pacific and Mountain); make sure to adjust your watch accordingly to get first chair.
(Essential Gear: The Salomon S-Lab SHIFT MNC Binding is a game-changing binding, combining the light weight of pin tech bindings for touring and the stability of an downhill binding—as at home skinning to the steep powder stashes of Stevens Peak as railing last-lap afternoon chop under Chair 1.)
From Lookout, head west twenty minutes to Kellogg, in the heart of Idaho’s Silver Valley. Once the largest silver-producing region in the world, the Silver Valley remains an active mining community; the day’s silver prices are still listed on business signs around the valley. And Silver Mountain Resort reflects that blue-collar mentality with old-school skiing and vibes.
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Everything you need to battle the elements this ski season.
It’s that time of year again – the time where you get to shamelessly ask for presents from others. And if you’re a ski enthusiast, we already know you’re on the look for the latest and greatest in gear and outerwear.
Check out some of our favorite pieces to spoil yourself with this holiday season.
Obermeyer Foundation Jacket
If you’re looking for a jacket that can take you straight off the chair and into après fun, the Obermeyer Foundation Jacket can do just that. Not only is this jacket loaded with ski friendly features like Control Zone Ventilation that will keep you regulated but it also features an interior electronics pocket allowing you to take your tunes wherever you roam.
If that’s not enough to entice you, the Foundation Jacket’s Silicone Grip shoulder detail makes carrying your backcountry gear a breeze so you get a multi-faceted jacket perfect for every occasion.
Its micro-polyester knit is bonded to a breathable laminate so you stay dry and cool, even down steepest most strenuous runs. And don’t worry about taking a spill because the Marvel Performance GS Suit’s D3O Impact Protection is strategically placed to keep you bruise free.
The North Face Freedom Bib Pant
Offering lightweight protection when you’re ripping down the mountain, then the newest addition to North Face’s Freedom family, the Freedom Bib will be your new favorite for ski season.
This made for the mountains bib features TNF’s Chimney Venting System to keep you comfortable when you’re working the backcountry and beyond, and multiple pockets offer plenty of storage for all of your on-slope adventures.
Helly Hansen ULLR Powder Ski Suit
When you’re out to find the deepest powder on the gnarliest of days, you need the Helly Hansen ULLR Powder Ski Suit. This ready to ride one-piece suit will give free-skiers confidence when they need it the most.
100% waterproof, breathable Helly Tech Professional, along with fully sealed seams offer complete moisture management and the integrated RECCO Rescue Reflector will keep you safe in hardcore conditions.
Karbon Thor Jacket
Ready to battle the worst winter elements, the Karbon Thor Jacket stands up to its tried and true name. Designed with Karbonite 20k for complete protection from the worst winter weather, you can take the Thor Jacket anywhere on the mountain without worry.
Karbon’s unique Multi-Zone Insulation Mapping sets them apart from the rest, allowing for hot and cold zones to be insulated accordingly so you stay regulated in any condition.
Salomon Brilliant Jacket
This best-selling jacket is back again and ready to shred for the 2019 ski season. Designed to keep you protected from the elements, thee Salomon Brilliant Jacket is mountain ready with 100g of AdvancedSkin Warm Insulation for the coldest of days.
Salomon’s Air Vent System allows you to regulate your body temperature dependent on the changing weather conditions, so ski enthusiasts look out because the Brilliant Jacket has all the features you’re looking for in on-slope apparel.
Armada Carson Jacket
Park guys unite – the Armada Carson Jacket is just as comfortable as that favorite hoodie you always wear to the hill. The 10k/10k waterproof, breathability rating ensures you stay protected from the elements, while fully sealed seams keep moisture out of high impact areas.
Need some tunes for your ride? The Carson Jacket’s external access media pocket and headphone port allow you to bring your music wherever you shred.
There you have it guys – the hottest men’s outerwear for the 2019 ski season. Don’t miss out on all the great deals at SKIS.com this holiday season, and as always be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram @skisdotcom.
Your Rundown of the Hottest Boards for Men, Women and Kids
What does the 2019 season have in store for you? Hopefully it’s full of powder stashes, tight tree runs and deep carves. If this sounds like the season you want to have, then listen up: the snowboards featured in this blog are tailor-made for this kind of fun.
The last few years we’ve seen boards getting shorter, wider and more creative in terms of their shapes, and you’ll see this trend continue on in a number of this season’s best boards. From powder players to freestyle fiends, 2019 has a lot to offer riders of all styles. Here are the best snowboards of 2019:
Ride Warpig: Why mess with perfection? That’s why the ever-popular Ride Warpig is back unchanged from last season. This multiple Good Wood Award winner is a total shredder that is lithe, agile and an absolute joy to ride. With a shorter length and wider waist, the Warpig offers lightning-quick maneuverability that is a blast anywhere from the groomers to the trees. If you haven’t had the opportunity to ride a Warpig, consider this the year to join the party.
Never Summer Peacemaker: Versatility is the name of the game with the Never Summer Peacemaker. Freestyle focused with the ability for pow surfing and hard carves, the Peacemaker has the flex and shape of a freestyle stud with the aptitude of a quiver-killer. Extended contact points make it easy to lay trenches, while extra inserts allow you to sit back in powder for a floaty feel. The Peacemaker has rocker in between the inserts and camber under the bindings for a mixture of stability, pop and float, and the tip and tail are stiffer than the waist for stability on takeoffs and landings.
Marhar Lumberjack: Tear up the trees on the Marhar Lumberjack, a wider-waist board that is the all-mountain freestyle slayer that you crave. Marhar’s best-selling board, the Lumberjack excels in powder, in the trees, on the groomers and even in the park. This Michigan-produced board is the essence of Midwest riding, as it can dart through the trees with agility and poise, and it does equally as well on icy groomers. The Lumberjack is always a favorite of our demoers during our testing, and it definitely will be one of yours too.
Ride Twinpig: Don’t fret park rats; the Ride Twinpig is here to take that same Warpig ability to the park with some freestyle flair. Short, wide and nimble, there is no doubt that the Twinpig will be a favorite of freestyle riders seeking something uber-fun to play on. With a camber profile in the meat of the board and rocker in the tips and tails, you get easy-riding ability that comes with powerful ollies upon takeoff from jumps. The soft flex of the Twinpig is highly conducive to big-time butters and grabs.
K2 Wildheart: If you want volume-shifted fun without breaking the bank, the K2 Wildheart is the way to go. The K2 Wildheart is one of the most fun and versatile volume-shifted boards out there, and those that are cash-strapped will be happy to hear it is now $20 less than last season’s. It’s shorter-but-wider design is floaty in powder, super maneuverable and fun in the trees and yet can still rip the hardpack.
Ride Hellcat: The Ride Hellcat is a solid do-it-all directional board with a medium flex that gives girls in the intermediate skill range confidence and takes everything advanced girls can throw at it. The board’s Tapered Directional Hybrid Camber has a rocker profile in between the bindings with a camber profile from the rocker area all the way to the tip and tail of the board. Reinforced with carbon alloy laminates and cleave edge steel, the Hellcat puts the pedal to the metal, allowing women to tear up the slopes with skill and speed.
Burton Rewind: The Burton Rewind Woman’s Snowboard is a total free-flowing, fun freestyle board that will knock the socks off anyone who takes it for a spin through the park. It’s Filet-O-Flex gives it a jibby, forgiving feel, but it now has the Pure Pop Camber for much more pop than its predecessor, the Socialite. With a true twin shape for true freedom of style, the Burton Rewind lets you freestyle your way all over the mountain. The Off-Axis Frostbite Edges give a firm hold on the hardpack and in icy conditions so you’re not contained only to the park.
Burton Family Tree Role Model (Boy’s): Finally, a Burton Family Tree board for the kiddos. The Family Tree Role Model borrows much of the best technology and features of the adult Family Tree boards but tailored for little shredders. An all-mountain board that can excel in powder and that can rail carves, the Role Model is for the advanced-level kids who demand more from their boards. The board’s directional camber puts the camber under the backfoot so they can drive the board downhill with power, while the rockered nose maintains float for when they’re in the deep stuff.
What to give all the skiers on your shopping list this holiday season
What do you buy the skier who has it all? Dedicated skiers can be a difficult breed to buy for; chances are they are extremely picky about their gear. To really impress them you need to find gifts that are both unique and useful. Here are 13 gifts that the skiers on your list will actually want:
Spyder Bormio Men’s Ski Pants: For serious skiers looking for pants to dominate the mountain in, the Bormio’s combination of GORE-TEX laminate, stretch fabric and fully-adjustable waist and suspenders will prove to be exactly what the doctor ordered. Want some peace of mind on their backcountry expedition? The Bormio also features a RECCO Avalanche Rescue System to help rescuers find the wearer in case of emergency.
Giro Article Goggles: This new-for-2019 goggle features two hot new technologies: The Stash Seal Interchange Lens System and the Adapt Strap. The Stash Seal System lets you change out lenses in a matter of seconds to adjust for the changing conditions, and the Adapt Strap allows them to swap the default strap for any number of Giro’s colorful and unique after-market straps for a style all their own.
Smart Wool PHD Ski Light Elite Pattern Ski Socks: Built for the highest level of performance, these aren’t your father’s ski socks. The PHD Ski Light Elite feature two elastics for an optimal stretch, cushioning on the ball and heel of the foot for comfort during impacts and mesh venting for a dry, sweat-free ride.
Columbia Deschutes River Flannel Shirt: Need something comfy for lounging after you leave the slopes? The Columbia Deschutes River Flannel is made from an ultra-soft 100% cotton and has a drop-tail hem for extra coverage in the cold.
FERA Julia Special Edition Women’s Insulated Jacket: From Julia Mancuso’s personal line, the FERA Julia Special Edition Jacket is the type of gift that they’ll love from the get-go for the look and can’t live without once they wear it out. The jacket’s faux fur trim and glossy sheen is right at home in aspen, and the ample Primaloft Down insulation offers unfettered warmth while up in the mountains.
Obermeyer Malta Women’s Ski Pants: You can always count on Obermeyer for on-slope style, and the Malta Pants are no exception to this trend. Waterproof, breathable, insulated and with a clean styling that will look great with any ski outfit, the Malta are a favorite of women looking for sophistication and comfort.
The North Face Fair Isle Beanie: A warm head is a happy head, and North Face’s Fair Isle Beanie invites your head into pure cozy bliss. The 100% acrylic hat has a deep fit for extra coverage, and the Nordic styling perfectly embodies the mountain look.
Meister Ski Women’s Sweater: Bring back the good ole days with the cute retro look of the Meister Ski Women’s Sweater. Old-school striped style mixes with a contemporary rayon/nylon jersey knit fabric for apres charm and comfort.
Off the Slopes
Dakine Fall Line Roller Bag: Breaking skis are expensive. Take better care of them during travel with the Dakine Fall Line Roller Bag. This fully-padded ski bag offers 360-degrees of protection and can easily and safely lug two pairs of skis through the airport.
United By Blue Out-of-Doors Candle: Picture this scene; You’re relaxing after a day on the slopes, candle burning next to as you unwind with a good book. Now imagine waking up in the morning and pouring a hot cup of joe and taking in scenic mountain views in the early morning sunlight. Both of these scenarios are possible with the UBB Out-of-Doors Candle, available in two different scents.
Therm-ic Refresher: We all have that one ski buddy whose boots have a stench so strong they could give Pepe Le Pew a run for his money. This USB-chargeable device that uses UV to prevent bacteria and odors from forming will be sure to keep them, and the whole condo, happy.
Emory Peak Traverse Snow Shoes with Poles: For the person on your list that loves to get out in the snow anyway and anyhow, the Emory Peak Traverse Snowshoes will give them one more snow-filled activity to fill their winter days with. This package comes with everything the novice snowshoer needs to start hitting the trails, with two aluminum trekking poles and a carry bag for all your gear.
Looking for more ideas? Visit our full 2018 Holiday Gift Guide on Skis.com.
Since the dawn of DIN rated bindings, “Skier Type” classifications have been confusing skiers everywhere. It is used, along with other personal attributes, to help determine the correct DIN for your bindings to be set at. So what is it and why does it matter?
Skier Type is a rating, chosen by the skier, that describes the way that they ski. It is a confusing combination of skill level, prefered terrain, but most importantly aggression. A shop employee cannot pick this level for you. It is entirely up to you to decide and inform your binding technician so that they can set up your bindings correctly. Most riders fit into one of three categories (there are exceptions). Skiers beware: Choosing the incorrect Skier Type to appear rad is not advised. Bindings that do not release when they should, increase risk of spiral fractures and other injuries.
Skier Type 1:
Type 1 skiers are usually, but not limited to, entry level skiers. They prefer smooth moderate slopes without many obstacles (bumps, moguls, jumps). They also prefer moderate speeds and never ski aggressively.
As a Type 1 skier, you would require lower than average release settings so that your bindings are sure to release in case of a low speed crash. This classification is not reserved for beginners only. You can be an experienced skier and be a Type 1 if you are a cautious skier who simply never takes the risk of skiing fast.
Skier Type 2:
A Type 2 skier is anyone who is not a Type 1 or Type 3. Confusing? It shouldn’t be. Type 2 skiers are those who ski a variety of terrain types at a variety of speeds. You would ski all over the mountain, possibly skiing fast down groomers and taking it slower off-piste.
You could be an expert skier, skiing with your kids. You could just be your weekend warrior going out and skiing at an average pace. Type 2 skiers require average release settings so that it isn’t too hard or too easy to eject.
Skier Type 3:
Type 3 skiers are usually, but not limited to, aggressive experienced skiers. They prefer to ski fast all the time down slopes of moderate to steep pitch. If you are a Type 3, you never take a run off and dislike going slow. You are blazing down everything.
While generally you would be an advanced or expert skier, you can be an intermediate who skis like a madman (or woman) and be a Type 3. As a Type 3, you require higher than average release settings to ensure that you don’t eject from your bindings when you have not crashed. Inadvertent ejection can lead to you crashing and getting injured.
Occasionally a skier may fall outside of the three standard classifications. A Type -1 is someone who requires even lower release settings than a Type 1 skier. A Type 3+ is someone who needs higher than Type 3 release settings. This could be someone skiing steep chutes and couloirs out of bounds that cannot have their ski come off, unless absolutely necessary.
So how is this used?
Your bindings should only be set up by a certified binding technician. They gather your height, weight, age, boot sole length (of your ski boots) and skier type to determine your DIN. It is up to you to provide them with accurate information so that they can do their job correctly and keep you safe. They then read a DIN chart to determine how tight to set the release on your bindings. If you are a Type 2, your DIN is exactly as it reads on the chart. If you are a Type 1 or 3, your DIN moves up or down one spot on the chart. If you are 9 years old or younger or 50 years or older, your DIN moves up one spot on the chart (lower setting).
A ski shop employee will also take your skier type into consideration when selling you skis. Type 1 skiers do not usually require stiffer skis. They will also consider the possibility of putting you on a shorter length ski if you fall between sizes and are a Type 1 skier. A Type 3 skier will usually require a ski that is a bit stiffer. If you are a Type 3 skier, you may also be recommended a longer length when stuck in between sizes.
Example of DIN Chart
This article is strictly informational. Please do not try to set your own DIN on your bindings. Check out our Ski Buying Guide or chat with our Customer Service when buying skis and bindings.
Mountain ready must-haves for the upcoming ski season.
It’s that time of year again, the days are getting shorter and the air has a crisp cool feel. This can only mean one thing – winter is on its way, and you’re one step closer to being on your skis.
We’ve already given a full rundown on the base layers you need to stay warm and regulated on the slopes, now it’s time to check out some of the hottest new midlayers for men.
Here are our 5 favorite midlayers to get you ready for the 2018/2019 ski season:
1. Spyder Limitless Cannon Zip T-Neck
Don’t let moisture bring you down, the Spyder Limitless Cannon Zip T-Neck offers moisture wicking, quick-dry technology for comfort lap after lap. Stretch polyester fabric with DRYweb technology allows you to move and shake down the mountain, and the front half zipper makes for easy layering when just a little more warmth is necessary.
The Spyder Limitless Cannon Zip T-Neck gets its edgy appeal from race-worthy graphics and reflective details. When the mountains start calling, the Limitless will be there to help you answer.
2. KJUS Linard Full Zip
When it’s not quite cold enough for your insulated jacket, and way too cold for a t-shirt the Linard Midlayer Jacket will bring a stylish mix of woven paneling and warmth to your on and off piste wardrobe.
This all-weather midlayer is crafted out of KJUS’s innovative wool-blend and features an outer layer designed to help regulate body temperature while you’re being active. The Linard is attractive enough to take your special lady out on a date or crush the backcountry when the temps drop.
3. The North Face Tech Glacier ¼ Zip
Everything about the Tech Glacier ¼ Zip is inspired by the mountains. This versatile, smooth-face fleece is the ideal layer for spring skiing and mild weather hikes because of its moisture-wicking, quick-dry fabric that keeps you regulated on every adventure.
The durable, streamlined quarter-length zip allows you to cool down when things start to heat up and the Tech Glacier’s relaxed fit and its 200-weight makes it the ideal piece to add to your winter wardrobe.
4. Arc’terxy Strka Hoody
If you’re seeking effective thermal regulation, look no further than the Stryka Hoody from Arc’teryx. Updated with air permeable, moisture-wicking Torrent 170 polyester blend fabric, Arc’teryx has made a midlayer that can accommodate changing weather conditions.
The balaclava style hood can be used as a neck warmer or to provide additional warmth under your helmet, while the fitted, straight cut torso hugs your body for ease of layering and unmatched mobility when you need it the most.
5. Helly Hansen Phantom ½ Zip
This versatile ½ zip from Helly Hansen is the perfect companion for your active mountain lifestyle. Made for lightweight layering, the Phantom ½ Zip is designed with flat lock stitching for reduced bulk and features a low-friction smooth construction.
The ½ zip design makes regulating your temperature easy and slick face stretch tricot offers next-to-skin comfort while allowing the mobility you need when you’re ripping down the slopes.
Well, there it is guys 5 midlayers you’re definitely going to want to add to your on slope wardrobe for the 2018/2019 ski season.
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