This post was sponsored by ShopStyle & Backcountry.
Let’s talk ski gear!! I love a good adventure and I love wearing cute (and functional) apparel while doing so. Zach and I are lucky enough to live in an area where we can go on a date night (or day) to the slopes and we’ve been slowly but surely collecting our own gear. To date we own everything except for our skis, but those are next on our list! Today, in partnership with Backcountry, I am going to share our favorite ski gear and some tips to help you fit right in with the best of the hard-core shredders on your next ski trip… even if you are secretly just showing up for Apres Ski. As frequent readers of this site know, we absolutely love shopping at Backcountry and get so much of our lifestyle apparel, footwear and activewear from there! They have an unmatched selection, free two-day shipping on domestic orders over $50 and the best customer service!
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Let’s jump right in with ski apparel. First off, if you plan on skiing for more than one day, get a helmet. Safety first, but also, they are great. They make bluetooth systems that integrate with them so no more trying to fumble the phone out of the pocket and dropping a glove off the chairlift.
As important as it is to wear a helmet, it is equally as important to avoid the goggle gap! If you sport a goggle gap you might as well wear a onesie and zinc oxide all over your face. What is goggle gap you ask? It is when there is space between your helmet and the top of your goggles. Good news is once you realize what it is, it is easy to avoid. I love Smith Optics because they make sure their goggles are compatible with their helmets.
When it comes to your clothing choices, steer clear of the fur earmuffs and metallic onesies because technical brands are the way to go. Not only are they functional and will keep you warm and dry, but they look great too! Patagonia is a great choice, and Arc’teryx is my personal fav. I always like to wear a Gore-tex shell jacket and pant and layer according to the temps. I typically will wear a really thin sock and a midweight baselayer pant and top. If it is really cold and cloudy, I will switch to thermal baselayers, add a down piece, my all around favorite one being this one, and a neck gaiter. My boots have thermal technology that keep my feet warm and my Arc’teryx items keep me so insulated that I typically get hot everywhere except for my face when skiing locally, especially if it’s sunny.
Here are a few more of my favorite ski items from Backcountry for men, women and kids in a variety of price points! If you have questions about anything, call one of Backcountry’s “gearheads”! They actually answer the phone when you call and can help you with anything you need concerning advice, help with an order or exchanges and returns.