The ski season is right around the corner so it’s about time you go searching for your gear, wipe off that dust, and make sure everything is ready to go for your first day on the slopes. With so much time between seasons it’s common to forget that some of your equipment might not be up to your standards and there’s nothing worse than getting to the mountain and figuring that out. Here’s a few things that you should do, before you hit the slopes, to be ready for this upcoming ski season.
Check for water resistances
Making sure your gear is water resistant before you reach the mountain is going to be crucial to your ski day. Too many times have people not realized they have to maintain their ski clothes in order to keep that resistance feeling like new. A common misconception is that if your gear is dirty, just toss it in the wash with some detergent but this is exactly what wears down your gear even faster.
Check out our blog on how to refresh your water resistant gear so you’ll be able to stay dry all winter long.
Look for rips
As the season goes on it’s inevitable that something is going to rip and depending on where and how big this could lead you to getting a bit colder than you’re used to. The classic way to do it is by putting some good old duct tape around the rip. While the cleanest way to do it is just sewing it shut, the smartest way to do it is by getting a few Gore-Tex patch repairs. These small patches can fit over most small rips and are also water resistant so you won’t have to give up any kind of comfort for a quick repair.
Check your helmet
For those who own a helmet, checking it over for any dents is a must when it comes to head protection. Unless stated as a MIPS (multi-directional impact protection system) helmet then it’s probably a single impact which means if it has dents then it’s done its job and you’ll need to buy a new one.
This is something a lot of people overlook and when it comes to your safety on the mountain, making sure that head is fully protected is the safest thing you can possibly do.
Try on those boots
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of putting on ski boots again for the first time after a long summer. Your foot is going to have to get used to that feeling all over again and there’s nothing worse than getting to the mountain on your first day to realize that they either don’t fit or straight up just hurt.
Trying them on a few days before and walking around the house is a good way to break them back in a little bit before the season really takes off. Maybe it will help you realize that it might be time for new boots, or you notice a problem that you didn’t remember was there last season. Either way if you want to be as comfortable as possible on the mountain, try those boots on before you show up.
Find your layers
Those winter layers sometimes tend to get lost after a summer of them being shoved in the back of your closet. Making sure everything is accounted for will help you begin layering properly right from the beginning instead of slowly remembering over the course of the season. No one wants to be too hot or too cold while on the mountain and having the appropriate layers is the best way to do it.
Once you’ve done all of that the only thing left to do is wait for the snow!