Having gleefully arrived at the resort on opening day, I've lost track of the number of times I've shown up on gear that badly needed tuning. Do yourself a solid and tune your gear NOW before shops get busy and backlogs pile up. October and early November are the primo time to prep your gear for the season. Whether you do it yourself or pay a pro, attending to this oft-neglected chore before opening day is highly recommended. You can grab a great local tune from shops like Lone Pine Gear Exchange, Christy Sports, Sports Den, and Ski 'N See.
Tips for Prepping Your Snowboard Gear - Click Here
How to Edge Tune & Wax Your Own Skis - Click Here
CHECK YOUR KIT
For the duration of the ski season, I keep all my gear in my Basin XT Duffel 55L from Stio. I rarely forget things because everything I could possibly need for ski season lives in this durable duffel all winter long. I'll even pack extras so when my ski or shred pals inevitably forget something, it won't ruin our day! I always take time in the fall to dump my duffel and perform a roll call. I'll then do a once-over on all my gear and apparel to check and see if any repairs are needed, check pockets for expired snacks and surprise money stashes. Any gear repairs I'll drop off at Lone Pine Gear Exchange with ample time before the lifts begin to spin. I've also had amazing success and great experiences offloading used gear for cash or credit at Lone Pine or Gear Room, they both do a fantastic job!
My ski duffle is stuffed with the following items:
SKI BAG MASTER CHECKLIST
If you're reusing your outerwear—good for you—don't forget to wash out the grit and sweat while beefing up the performance of your breathable/waterproof membranes. You can accomplish this with a number of products, but my favorites are from Nikwax. They offer a full line of cleaning and care materials to protect high-performance outerwear, leather gloves, climbing skins, etc. so you can give your gear a long and fruitful life.
KEEP YOUR GLOVES BALMY
We here at Ski Utah just love the awesome leather gloves made by Hestra. Hestra has been making gloves since 1936 and this family-owned business is now run by the fourth generation of Mangnussons. Design and development takes place in the headquarters in Hestra, Sweden so you know these gloves mean serious business when fending off cold and moisture.
To care for your leather gloves or mittens and ensure they keep you warm and dry, take a moment to treat them with a reputable leather balm. This will help keep your gloves soft and supple while restoring the waterproof barrier to keep your paws dry during winter's most fearsome tempests.
DIAL YOUR BOOTS
Whether you ski or snowboard, boots are simply the most important part. Much like snow tires, boots are your connection point to the snow and you need a pair that fits and feels good. You'll find the best selection and receive more attention during the boot fitting process if you plan ahead. For ski boots, boot fitting is absolutely an art, so be sure to ask around and gather a lot of feedback before you make your decision on where to obtain boot fitting service. For more information on ski boot fitting dos and don'ts, click here.
If you are heading to Utah via the coastlines or a low-elevation state, chances are you are definitely going to notice the altitude. Worst case, you'll suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness. Best case, you may feel the effects of altitude such as dehydration, headaches, and shortness of breath. The best thing you can do to prepare for a trip to Utah is to find yourself regularly exercising, getting your heart rate up, and performing muscle-strengthening exercises. For more info on how to recognize symptoms and better prepare yourself for skiing or shredding at altitude, click here.
Additional inspiration on workouts and fitness from Ski Utah are included below:
Lastly, the best thing you can do to prep for ski or shred season is to simply stay active. It can be tempting to remain indoors and veg when the weather turns foul and chilly in November, but this is the prime time to prep your body for the demands of a rigorous winter. Keeping active and maintaining a strong core and legs will also do a great deal for injury prevention.
Hit the gym, go trail running, or climb indoors at Momentum Climbing and Fitness. The list of activities and outdoor or indoor pursuits in Utah is nearly limitless. University of Utah Health offers a fantastic ski and snowboard conditioning class series. You could book a session or camp and hone your skills at Woodward Park City. Whatever you do, just keep moving!
HAVE A GREAT SEASON, SEE YOU ON THE SLOPES.
Utah Ski Resort Employment Opportunities - Click Here
Visit the Alf Engen Ski History Museum in Park City - Click Here
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Winter Running Guide - Click Here
Sleeping at Altitude - Click Here