2019 Winter Buying Guide: Everything You Need for Your Next Trip

Bogner Ski Jacket Jonny Moseley

With the winter season finally here, just about everyone is booking trips, checking snow forecasts, and imagining a day spent on the mountain. One important element to any trip, however, is your gear. Not only do you want to look your best, but also you want to be sure you have everything you need. For many first-time skiers and snowboarders, the first thought is warmth. While warmth is important so is keeping protected from the elements. At Peter Glenn Ski & Sports, we’ve been outfitting customers for over 60 years; from complete novices to snow veterans, we have something for everyone!

As part of our efforts to ensure everyone has what they need for the mountain, we’ve put together a buying guide perfect for everybody. Be sure to download our checklist that makes shopping and packing simpler than ever.

First Things First

In case you missed it, we’ve made a handy checklist for everything you’ll need on a trip and have broken it down based on how many days you’re planning to spend on the mountain.

You can find it here:

Ski Trip Checklist Download

While we’ll get into clothing, bags, and accessories, it’s important to remember those smaller essentials you might not think about. It may be cold out, but with the sun in the sky, you’re still going to want some sunscreen to cover less protected areas like your lips, ears, and the back of the neck. Another easy tip, don’t forget your hat. Not only do beanies look cool, but also, they keep you nice and toasty.

The North Face Snowboarding Jacket

Finding Your Ski or Snowboard Jacket

Don’t wait until you’re on the lift to realize your jacket isn’t as warm or as weatherproof as you need it. Getting the right gear is the best way to enjoy your day, and there’s a lot to consider. So how do you narrow your search? Generally speaking, you’ll have three main options to choose from.

  • Insulated: Insulated ski or snowboard jackets are built to give you more warmth depending on the type of insulation or the amount. Most jackets count insulation using grams, with amounts ranging from 50 to 250.
  • Down: Down ski jackets either use featherless synthetic insulation or traditional feathered insulation to keep you warm. They generally have a puffy style to them and offer some of the highest warmth ratings around.
  • Shell: If you don’t need a ton of warmth but you definitely need protection from the elements, then a shell jacket is your go-to. These jackets are designed to keep snow, wind, and moisture off your layers and oftentimes come with a DWR or Durable Water Repellant finish.

A good rule of thumb is to check the weather conditions for your destination. If single-digit temperatures are the norm, you want to be sure you have an insulated ski jacket with a high warmth rating. On the other hand, if the forecast is snowy and wet, getting a shell jacket with weatherproof technology like GORE-TEX® may be the better option.

Also, remember that many jackets come with underarm venting of some type. So even if you’re hot, you can easily cool down after a run. The warmer the jacket the more comfortable you’ll be for the entire day.

Be sure to refine your search using our handy warmth and condition ratings on the side.

Insulated Snowboard Pant

Next Step, Pants (or Bib)

Now that your core is covered, you’re also going to keep your legs cozy too. You may have a favorite pair of jeans, but if you want to keep warm, they’re best for some après styling. Like jackets, when it comes to pants, you can choose between insulated ski pants or shell pants. For colder conditions, you’re going to want an insulated pant. In deep snow, a shell with a high waterproof rating might be the better option.

If your adventures often take you into knee-deep snow, then a bib may be your top choice. Bib ski pants come in a variety of styles, but they generally include more coverage, with some bibs featuring a back warmer panel for extra warmth. Best of all, you never have to worry about your pants falling down thanks to the adjustable straps.

 Helly Hansen Fleece Mid-Layer

Layer it Up for All-Day Comfort

While your jacket and pants are where you’re going to get the most warmth, with the right layers, you can actually keep even warmer. When searching on our site you’ll find many of these pieces in the mid-layer category.

Mid-layers come in a variety of materials and fits. A fleece mid-layer like the Helly Hansen Daybreaker Half Zip Fleece Mid-Layer can easily be worn under your shell for comfortable warmth, and double as an après sweater you can wear year-round.

Similarly, you can opt for a more technical layering piece like the J. Lindeberg Kimball 1/2-Zip Mid-Layer. Instead of a fuzzy feel, this mid-layer uses a stretch polyester with moisture-wicking properties to help keep you more comfortable throughout the day.

Mixing in traditional sweaters and fleece jackets with technical turtlenecks and stretch mid-layers is always a good idea. This way you can adjust based on the jacket you’re using and the conditions for the day.

The North Face Gloves

Accessories, Accessories, and More Accessories

Now that your essentials are taken care of, now it’s time to pack all those little things that make the trip even more comfortable. While it varies based on the person and how you might react to the cold, some of the essentials include:

  • Gloves or Mittens: Keeping your hands protected from the cold is essential. In most cases, mittens are where you’re going to get your most warmth, since your hands act as natural heaters. A glove will give you more dexterity if you’re handling ski poles. A vast majority of gloves and mittens are now touch-screen compatible, so you won’t even have to worry about letting your hands freeze to post from the mountain. If you’re prone to cold hands, also be on the lookout for gloves with heat pack pockets like the Gordini Storm Trooper II GORE-TEX® Glove.
  • Ski or Snowboard Socks: Socks are often a point of confusion for someone that’s never been in the cold. While you might think that a thick woolen sock will keep your feet nice and toasty, it’s actually the opposite. The more your feet sweat, the colder they’ll get. Ski and snowboard specific socks are built to offer moisture-wicking properties and breathability. What does that mean? A thinner sock that keeps you warmer and more comfortable even after a full day on the slopes.

Helly Hansen Baselayer

  • Thermals: Baselayers, thermals, long underwear, whatever you call them, you need them. Like your socks, a quality baselayer will help wick moisture away from your skin, keeping you comfortable all-day. We offer a wide range of baselayers, with some of our most popular being the Hot Chillys Micro Elite Chamois Baselayer Bottoms, which come in a fun can. And for those that like to have fun even down to their baselayer, check out the Airblaster Classic Ninja Suit Baselayer.
  • Hats & Beanies: You may not realize it, but one of the places you lose the most heat is from the top of your head. Luckily, that’s easy to fix with a beanie or hat. Most can easily fit under your helmet and some even have a fleece lining for extra warmth.
  • Face Masks: If a beanie isn’t your style but you still want some coverage from the cold and wind, a facemask or balaclava could be your option. Many of them are built with moisture-wicking properties so even when you’re breathing it won’t give the facemask a foul odor.

There’s plenty of other accessories you may not have thought of, so be sure to look through our checklist for some ideas. While you don’t haul everything with you onto the slopes, having options before you head out is always a good idea.

Skis and Snowboards Jonny Moseley

Don’t Forget Your Equipment

Now that your clothes and outfits are taken care of, you also won’t want to forget your hardgoods. If you’re still running old-school skis with their fair share of nicks and scratches, it may be time for an upgrade. We stock a wide range of skis and snowboards, with many of our skis coming as systems with the bindings included.

If you’re still renting your gear that’s ok too! The one place you won’t want to skimp is on your safety. It’s always a good idea to have a quality pair of goggles and a helmet for your next trip. A good starting point is the Smith Level MIPS Helmet. Not only does it have a sleek look and adjustable vents at the top for easy cooldown, but it features MIPS® technology, which gives you improved protection from a fall.

Karbo Ski Jacket Jonny Moseley

Visit Us Today!

Nothing beats a long trip on the mountain, and with the right gear, you can literally enjoy full days from first to last chair. There’s always a lot to consider when it comes to packing, but the one constant is you can easily find everything at Peter Glenn. We have a wide variety of brands and styles to make your trip simple and comfortable.

Whether you’re looking for that stylish ski jacket or some fun snowboard bibs for that knee-deep powder, you can find it all today!