(Closed) NWR: dipping a (cold) toe into ski/ snowboarding…

posted 8 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Sierra Trader is a great place to get outdoorsy stuff at great prices. My husband and I each just got a 3-in-1 Columbia jacket at about $80 each which is about 1/3 of the regular price.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

When I used to snowboard in high school, I got a lot of stuff from Dick’s Sporting Goods.  I used a good waterproof coat, that I actually got from PacSun. 

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=2631219′ defer=’defer – Gloves Seriously, the most important thing to get is GOOD waterproof gloves.  Ugh getting ice into your gloves/having not so water proof gloves totally kills any desire to be on that mountain for more than 30 minutes.

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=2631215′ defer=’defer – Pants (Make sure you get waterproof snow pants… if this is your first time snowboarding you will fall.  a lot. lol at least I did.)  They have a few pairs on here, some are pricey though.

Make sure you wear leggings under your jeans and under armour under your sweater ๐Ÿ™‚  Good luck!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I hope you like it!  Skiing is one of my great joys in life.

Things usually go on sale a ton after Christmas (at least here in Canada they do), so definitely wait.

One way to cut costs is on the pants.  If you’re small enough, you can get away with kids’ pants.  I’m 5’2/105 and ski in size 14 kids’ pants.  My sister, who’s two inches taller and a good 25 pounds heavier than me, wears size 16.

I spray everything with Scotchguard before I go out, to waterproof everything a bit more.

I would also recommend not wearing jeans.  Try to find base layers that wick sweat away.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

ebay! ebay! ebay! i was in your same exact situation last year and got a brand new spyder brand ski jacket, ski pants, and gloves for $129 TOTAL…brand new with tags, all because they were last season’s designs. i got some really cute (brand new in the box) roxy ski goggles for $18.

i would aslo like to recommend that no matter how cute your little ski hat is, that you rent a helmet since you are a beginner. i ended up with a pretty bad concussion last year…on my first day…in my beginners snowboarding class. it ruined the rest of my trip and i had a massive headache for about a month afterwards.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Claxton Farm

Ooooh, Mr. Snow used to compete in snowboarding (and I clumsily and slowly slide down the hill), so we have bought a ton of snowboarding stuff.

Snowboarding and skiing clothing and gear are different. Do you want multi-purpose stuff?

I have burton pants and a jacket (bought at the end of the 2007 season). They’re great for snowboarding. I can’t help much with skiing clothes.

I also recommend cute long underwear (I have some by Burton as well). 

(I am also totally girly worrying about my clothes too, but I’m so nerdy that I try to look kinda effortless and non-matchy/matchy like the real snowboarders… There are always a few super-cute ladies with matching pants and jackets and boards and bindings, but the *real* girls boarders don’t look like that..so I have black pants and brown jacket and tan and yellow boots. I’m worse than the matchy girls…)

We buy a lot of our stuff at dogfunk.com. They have really good sales, but I haven’t checked lately. The best time to buy is end-of-season (late Feb/early March). 

If you need any *how to look less like a nerd while all your expert snowboarder friends take off on slopes* advice, let me know!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Claxton Farm

I think the brand only matters in terms of fit, function, and style. When I was first learning (and not sure I’d stick with it) I bought some pretty inexpensive columbia snowpants that worked OK (I’m long-torsoed so the pants and jacket kinda gaped around the waist). My Burton pants connect to my jacket, so no gapes (and no snow down my pants). The more expensive brands have little details like that.

Otherwise, Burton makes the most fashionable style and fits of the brands you listed (like, if you want low-waisted or python-printed snowboard pants, for example). Columbia and North Face will probably be more multi-functional (with Columbia being less expensive than North Face). I don’t know about HH…

And, like Blueshoes2 said, the gloves are really important. They can make or break your day (I have gore-tex Dakine gloves, and I recommend a pair that has the nose pad so you just wipe your nose on the glove instead of fiddling with tissues…gross, but really convenient)

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Ok, I have a confession to make- I never, ever had proper gear when I went snowboarding or cross country skiing (I plan to learn to down hill ski this winter!). Frankly, at my most “dressed” for my winter outdoor forlicking, i wore jeans, snow pants, a warm winter jacket, hat, and good gloves (very important!). At my least dressed I wore…ummm…my underware. I don’t recommend it as a regular thing, but there is something crazy awesome about snowboarding down a hill in nothing but gloves and your undies. (I did this when I was 14-15, many many years ago). As a more mature adult a feared of frostbite, I would recommend looking at REI or its outlet (both have online stores). Or, if you are Canadian, I recommend MEC.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009 - Devil's Thumb Ranch, Colorado

Heya Cheese!! I highly recommend you spend a little extra on snowboard/ski gear. You don’t want your booty getting wet (as you might be sitting quite a bit in the first few days of learning to snowboard). I’ve been riding for 14 years and now review gear for a living, so I’ve had many trials and tribulations with snowboarding apparel. I totally heart Burton (for style and function), The North Face is making some adorable “ride” gear, Holden is high-end if you want to get all boutique-y, and Oakley also makes a Gretchen Bleiler line which is pretty darn cute and functional! The one thing you want to look out for on the ski vs. snowboard apparel is the bottom of the pants. A lot of ski pants don’t have a zipper opening near the bottom so they can get a little wider to go over your boots–this is somewhat specific to snowboard pants. Ski pants won’t fit over your snowboard boots but you can ski in snowboard pants so I just wanted to point that little thing out. Also important are POLARIZED lenses so you don’t sunburn your eyeballs. This really happens (i’ve experienced it with a pair of cheap-o glasses) so be careful. And waterproof gloves are muy importante so your hands are wet all day. I would keep an eye on REI which will likely have things on sale. Backcountry.com will probably also have last years stuff at a discount! PS. I also heart, heart, heart Patagonia jackets. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think layering is the most important way to keep warm on the ski hill – start with a thermal base layer, and then have a fleece, then your winter coat.  If you’re going boarding, I agree with posts above…good warm gloves, goggles, and a helmet are a necessity!  If you’re starting with snowboarding, I also recommend wrist guards – I broke my wrist the first year when I was just learning because I didn’t know how to fall properly… Skiing is a little more intuitive, so it seems easier to learn, but I’d argue that it is harder to be “decent” at, where as with snowboarding, after 2 seasons, you’re pretty decent. Good luck!! I love the mountains!!!! Can’t wait to get out this year. It’s been busy though with all this wedding stuff! LOL

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

cheese – that’s so funny – i am in the same situation – BF and his family are all avid skiiers/snowboarders so i started learning about 2 years ago. unfortunately i took a nasty tumble that aggrivated my existing arthritis (which i didn’t know i had until i got this injury) and tore my meniscus. so be careful and take it slow!

i second the recommendation on sierra trading post! they have THE MOST amazing deals on winter snowsport stuff mainly because it was last season’s design or a discontinued color/pattern, but worth it all the same. though i suggest at least going to a sporting goods store and tryiing on some stuff before you buy it online.

snowboarding jackets tend to have less bulky insulation and be less bulky than ski jackets (don’t know why) but you can really wear anything, depending on your level of moving around/personal heat retention. layering is really important, so be sure to factor that in when buying jackets and pants (you want them to be a little big so you can wear stuff underneath, but you also don’t want your pants to fall off!). as a beginning skier myself, i found i needed really insulated bottoms because i get cold easily and even though i had various thermals or base layers on, they still didn’t cut it under a pair of shell pants (no insulation). the insulation is also nice because of the extra padding when you fall! the other thing that i couldn’t live without is a good pair of water/windproof gloves and wool socks. i bought special ski socks but other than them coming up to my knee, i didn’t notice much of a difference. but wool socks will work if they’re tall.

good luck and be careful out there.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

IMHO, skiing has a less steep learning curve than snowboarding for a complete newbie but gets harder to perfect beyond blue slopes. Snowboarding is a pain in the a*** (literally) the first few times but it gets to be quite easy afterwards relative to skiing. Watch out for weather conditions. It’s very nice and comfortable to learn on powdery days.

As for gear, ditto posts above. If you can shop online (confident about sizing ,etc), it’s probably the most economical. REI, backcountry, sierra trading post have great finds. REI brands have great quality but are cheaper than North face, patagnonia, etc because of lack of advertising. Synthetic base layer and thick ski/boarding socks are a must. NO COTTON. Pesonally, I warm up (or get hot) easily so I actually wear synthetic long-sleeve base layer and a sweater and a waterproof fleece (e.g. like this one). On a sunny winter day, I just wear the base layer and my fleece. It’s more streamlined and I look less “puffy”. Pants are the most important! buy good quality pants, thick & waterproof, superwarm, ‘cuz that’s is most useful for me when I take a fall, sit on my a$$, get stuck in deep snow and can’t get out, etc.

As for colors, everything is game. I personally wouldn’t want white or black for my top because I want to be easily spotted when I’m stuck in snow and need help (right, not very rational but it makes me feel good psychologically).

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