I’m a bargain hunter and thrifty shopper. That said, some things just require you to pony up. I’ve tried to come up with a list of items at reasonable prices to choose from. If you’re a savvy shopper, you can also search eBay, as I have in the past for some of the bigger ticket items. Links below are to amazon and are affiliate links, meaning The Woolfer may get a few cents for each referral, at no cost to you. Transparency is everything! Here goes…
Arctix Women’s Insulated Snow Pant
These are warm, waterproof and best of all budget friendly. Available in a variety of colors and sizes. If pants aren’t your style, they also offer bibs! If you’re prone to heating up, I highly recommend snowboarding pants. They have zipper vents in the “undercarriage” zone to help bring a breeze into your chassis! A few brands I like, Burton, Neff and Helly Hansen. Shop around for the price and style you like.
Racerback Sports Bra
There’s nothing more annoying than a loose strap, jiggling bosoms ore nip slips at subzero temperature. Tame the girls in comfort and without killing your bank account. Best of all, they’re inexpensive enough that you can get several and not have to re-wear any during your trip. I swear by these! They come in every size imaginable.
Base Layers & Socks
- Helly Hansen 3/4 leggings. You don’t want the extra thickness in ski boots. If you’re snowboarding, go full length. They’re not cheap and the sizing is limited to XS-XL. Above that size, I recommend going into the men’s. Below that size, go to youth.
- Helly Hansen or Patagonia long sleeve crew or zip mock turtleneck. The crew is a little less constricting, but being able to unzip for temperature control is worth the tightness.
- Socks. Do not cheap out. Spring for the merino wool. Your feet freezing will make you miserable. I prefer merino compression socks that go up to the knee. Regular athletic socks won’t cut it. I promise this is essential.
Recs from other mods:
- Smart Wool Socks – “They are versatile and also don’t stick even after a few days of wear without washing. I also use mine on cold days in my snow boot.”
These are great for neck and face warmth. You’ll look like a bandit, but you won’t get wind or sunburn. The best gaiters are fleece at the neck and a thinner, breathable material at the top. Have fun with the style. Options are limitless.
A few options:
Apres Ski Hat
Gloves / Mittens
- Sorel – They have a broad range of styles and prices. I’m partial to lumberjack or perhaps lumberjill look of these.
- Pajar – Straight our of Montreal, they know cold and how to fight it. These are pricier, but I have a pair that are almost 6 years old and they are still going strong. Best of all, I can wear them anywhere. Great grip and super toasty.
- Columbia – Super reputable company and a very reasonable price point. Slip ons are easy and don’t require lacing or zipping. You almost don’t need to even bend over!
ODT Bluetooth Helmet Speakers
When you’re on the slopes snowboarding or skiing, having your favorite tunes is the ultimate luxury. Either create your own playlist or grab one of the awesome Woolfer curated playlists on Spotify. You’ll be cruising with the best soundtrack ever. Best of all, it links with your phone so you can stay in touch if need be. There’s even a walkie option to stay connected with other friends on the mountain.
Smith MIPS Helmet