Have you ever gotten up early, schlepped your gear to the slopes, purchased your lift ticket, and gotten on the chairlift only to realize you've forgotten something important? Check lists are always a good idea for a trip, but if you're going on a mountian adventure, be sure to include the following ten items on your trip:
- Board, Boots, Bindings: Obviously!
- Sunglasses: You can't forget your shades! All that sun reflecting off the snow will make your eyes sore and weak, which can pose a danger to you and the skiers around you. Though they may be expensive, try finding a polarized pair of glasses to help repel the offensive birght light even better.
- Layers: Mountain weather can be unpredictable. Try packing some thin, but warm layers. They are always a good bet so that you can shed layers as the sun comes up and bundle up as the sun sets at the end of the day.
- Lip Balm: There's noting like flying down the mountain with the wind blowing in your face. It also can totally dry out your lips. Be sure to balm up even before hitting the slopes. You don't want to be fighting crusty, cracked lips for the rest of your trip.
- Sun Screen: Once you get above those clouds, the sun shines bright. If you plan on meeting your soul mate at the chalet later, try to avoid the ‘Raccoon Eyes’ look from burnt cheeks by slathering on some SPF. Just because it is cold outside, doesn't mean the sun isn't shining.
- Snacks: Avoid steep prices, mediocre food and bonking by bringing a few snacks for the hill. By sticking some protein based treats like Powerbars into your bag will fill you up and keep you going throughout the day.
- Camelbak: Don't get stuck into the dance of taking all of your gear off only to wabble inside the resort for a drink of water. Camelbaks or other water bladder packs are the most comfortable and most efficient way to hydrate, which is the key to keeping your energy up through the day. Dehydration happens fast out there.
- Plastic Bags: They don’t take up much room and can be a great place to store your wet gear or to wrap around your socks and keep your feet dry.
- MP3 Player: Create a personal playlist to keep you rockin' and motivated while shredding through the snow.
- Alan Wrench: This handy tool hardly takes up any room and could certainly come in to your rescue if your bindings come loose.
Lastly, don’t forget your buds! Having some company on the mountain almost promises a good time. Follow this checklist and you’ll be covered next time you hit the slopes.