Ski season is here and that means it’s time to gear up! Whether you are an on-mountain newbie or a seasoned pro, it can be daunting to wade through all the options the ski and snowboard industry has to offer. The Snowmass Village Mall is home to great shops and snow sport enthusiasts who spend lunch breaks on the mountain testing out all of the latest gear from skis and boards to goggles and toasty warm base layers. Don’t be daunted by all the moving pieces, instead, let our locals guide you. The short walk from the entrance of the Mall to the slopes has everything you need for any activity the mountain has to offer. We gathered the 10 best pieces of gear our pro’s recommend for the 2019/2020 winter season.
Base Layer “The Capilene Air Hoody and Leggings”: Patagonia – We started from the base because there is nothing more important than that next-to-skin layer to keep you warm. Made of 51% merino wool and 49% recycled polyester, not only is this base layer duo soft and comfortable but it also wicks moisture, resists odor and dries quickly for those sweat inducing powder days.
Ski Pants/Bibs “FutureLight The Purist Women’s Bibs” The North Face – The next item to put on is the latest and greatest fabric from The North Face, FutureLight. The Purist bibs are a great, light weight option for anyone wanting to ride all day and maybe even hike up to ULLR nights for a special Friday night dinner.
Jacket “Women’s Lucky Jacket” Strafe Outerwear – Strafe gear is designed and tested in the mountains around Snowmass. The silhouette looks great at apes and with a product that is born and raised in Snowmass, it’s safe to say this jacket knows its way around our mountain.
Helmet and Turtle Fur Face Mask “Pret Cynic X Helmet and Sarah Uhl Turtle Fur face mask” Aspen Sports – Protect your head! The Pret Cynic X Helmet is among the most popular and most recommended helmets from Aspen Sports. It is low profile, lightweight and fits like a glove – for your head. For additional protection from wind and the bright Colorado sun, local artist, Sarah Uhl’s mountain inspired Turtle Fur is the perfect colorful accessory.
Goggles and Sunglasses “Smith 4D Mag Goggles:” Four Mountain Sports & “Vaurnet Ice Sunglasses” Sunglass Panache – next stop, eyewear! With 300 days of sunshine in Colorado, it is always important to keep your eyes protected. For on the slopes, Four Mountain Sports suggests the Smith 4D Mag Goggles. The magnate locking system that makes swapping out your lens efficient and easy. For off the slopes, Sunglass Panache looks no further than the Vaurnet Ice. These high performance shades have a throwback style with modern tech.
Boots “Lange XT Free” Surefoot – This boot combines ski-hike versatility with Lange’s legendary downhill performance, but don’t stop at the boot! This is the place for custom orthotic, heat molded footbeds and boot liners to keep your feet happy on those days you just don’t want to quit early.
Skis “Volkl Kenja” Snowmass Sports – For your skis, talk to the experts. With a better understanding of how and where you want to ski, the experienced professionals at family-owned Hamilton Sports, will point you in the right direction. We wanted a hard-charging ski that could perform in a variety of conditions and terrain; we were handed the Volkl Kenja.
8. & 9. Gloves and Poles “Leki Griffin Tune S Boa and Spark Lite S Poles” Christy Sports – The last pieces of equipment came from Christy Sports. This adjustable glove with water-repellent, non-slip features and quick-release strap hooks into the Spark Lite S poles like ski boots into skis. This combo makes holding onto your poles while exploring the Cirque Headwall or cruising the fresh groomers of Sneaky’s, effortlessly easy.
Roller Bag “Rossignol Hero Cabin Bag” Gene Taylors – Last but not least, we need a way to get all this gear to and from the slopes. Local shop, Gene Taylors, is celebrating their 50th anniversary this winter and was quick to suggest this bright beauty from Rossignol to make life easy traveling from home, to plane to hotel to slopes.
It only takes one stroll down the Mall to have you dressed and ready to hit the mountain. The last stop is the ticket office at the end of the Mall for your lift ticket and trail map! Hit the slopes in style thanks to our incredible shops – the holidays are here, we’re just happy to help build your Snowmass Village Mall wish list.