To enjoy your experience on the slopes, you'll have to stay warm. Here's what you'll need:
Thermal shirt and pants:
- This should be your base layer.
- Thermals will keep you warm and dry by whisking moisture to the next layer.
- Not only will they keep your feet warm, but they'll also provide padding from hard impacts.
- This should be your next layer.
- It will keep your body heat in and the cold out.
- Don't cheap out on these.
- You may be tempted to pull the old windbreakers out of the closet, but a good pair of ski pants on top of your base layer will keep you warm and dry.
- You'll have to make sure they work with your ski bindings.
- Not only will these keep your feet warm and dry, but they'll also keep you from dreaded ankle sprains.
- You'll want one that will keep your head and ears warm, but one that won't get in the way of your visibility.
- This one's a no-brainer.
- You've got to protect yourself from the elements, especially the freezing wind as you're soaring (or tumbling) down the slopes.
- Unless you like frozen stumps that can't pick up a hot chocolate at the end of the day, you'll want to put these on.
The bare necessities of what will get you from the top of the mountain to the bottom.
- Ski goggles - The one thing more blinding than the snow bunny on the slopes is snow and ice in your eyes.
- Skis or a snowboard - Talk to the experts on this one. There are different styles for different skill levels and body types.
- Ski bindings- These attach your boots to your skis. No bindings, no skis.
- Ski pokes- They say these help you steer. For some, they provide advance warning to those at the bottom of the slop that danger's coming.
These are often the best way to decide if skiing or snowboarding's for you. For less than $100 at most slopes in Connecticut, you can rent all of the equipment, get an 8-hour or night-lift ticket and get a lesson. If you've never done it before - you'll definitely want to take that lesson.