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benoit_BayouBengals
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re: School me on snow ski gear (update page 3 post-ski trip)
Does South Lake Tahoe get really cold in mid January? How bad is the wind that time of year on the mountain?


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lsualum98
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Is it less expensive to purchase ski gear in Denver versus Louisiana? I'm wondering if I should wait and buy it there, since I'll be in Denver for a few days before we go skiing. It seems like there will be more of a selection in Denver too. We mostly need goggles and boots.


ccard257
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goggles you can just get on amazon or rei, etc.

Boots are a different matter. You really want to use a good boot fitter who you would ideally revisit after skiing in the boots for a bit to fix any areas of concern. no way I'd buy boots in Louisiana.


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MrSpock
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Is it less expensive to purchase ski gear in Denver versus Louisiana? I'm wondering if I should wait and buy it there, since I'll be in Denver for a few days before we go skiing. It seems like there will be more of a selection in Denver too. We mostly need goggles and boots.



Try moosejaw.com and evo.com

They are always having sales and shite. Past season stuff too.


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Shut Up Mulllet
Member since Apr 2021
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Lol. Can’t believe all the helmets recommended. Same people probably put helmets on their kid on a bike.Wear a helmet if you are some extreme down hill type skier. If your asking about what to wear you are not one. Man the world these days.


LSUfan4444
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Other than financial investment, why would you not wear a helmet?

Even the financial investment is moot...I bought a helmet for my daughter from smith with a sale they recently had that brought the cost to what it would have been to rent for one trip ($48).



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VanRIch
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This is some idiotic shite and no one should listen. I’m not an “extreme down hill skier” but I’ve caught my edge and slammed plenty of times and was extremely thankful to be wearing a helmet. I also ride trees at moderate speeds. I’ve never hit one with my head but that doesn’t mean I won’t the next time I ride. This world is getting soft, but wearing a helmet while skiing or snowboarding is NOT an indicator. Moron
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fargobison
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Lol. Can’t believe all the helmets recommended. Same people probably put helmets on their kid on a bike.Wear a helmet if you are some extreme down hill type skier. If your asking about what to wear you are not one. Man the world these days.



The majority of accidents happen on blue runs, most skier deaths occur on blue runs. A helmet is a cheap investment to save yourself from a concussion or perhaps much worse.


LaLadyinTx
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Lol. Can’t believe all the helmets recommended. Same people probably put helmets on their kid on a bike.Wear a helmet if you are some extreme down hill type skier. If your asking about what to wear you are not one. Man the world these days.



I put helmets on my kids riding bikes even 25 years ago.

I last went skiing about 10 years ago. I don't recall people wearing helmets much at all. Certainly none of the people I skiied with had them. It truly was only extreme skiiers and snowboarders doing major stuff back then.

When did this become a thing?


LaLadyinTx
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The majority of accidents happen on blue runs, most skier deaths occur on blue runs.


Most of the folks I've skiied with aren't that good. We are always on the greens.


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VanRIch
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I can’t answer when safety became a thing, but in Whistler 13 years ago everyone had them.


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pwejr88
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I wanted to circle back around and thank you all for the replies. It was in the negative temps, super windy, constantly snowing and we were dressed perfectly the whole trip to Big Sky thanks to your input.

My toes and hands were the most important to keep warm so we went with Darn Tough ski socks off Amazon. Expensive but well worth it and waterproof Columbia ski gloves from their website.

Got polyester thermals top and bottom from Sam’s or Costco. Can’t remember which one.

Got the rest from Amazon and was inexpensive compared to ski clothing websites and stores:
-Wantdo ski jacket and TSLA ski pants, both waterproof.
-40% VLT OutdoorMaster googles. (Next time I will go with a higher VLT to let more sunlight in. Also, anti-fog goggles are a must)
-Neff beanie
-wtactful neck gator
-Nautical duck boots
-Amazon Essentials fleeces

Only wore thermal bottoms and ski pants all days.
For upper body went with thermals, fleece then jacket.
Neck gator and beanie with goggles all days. Never went with just sunglasses.

And some tips:

Put your gloves over your jacket and use the drawstring to secure them nice and tight. Once your gloves are on, don’t take them off outdoors if you can help it. Once the frigid cold air gets in, it takes a few runs to get the warmth back. Obviously this only applies to extremely cold temps (-5 to 5 degrees which we were in)
Make sure your ski gloves can work your phone as you’ll want to take pics, text, etc on the lifts or at the top of the mountain.
If you’re not physically in your ski’s, unlatch all latches on your boots. It will save your upper ankles and shins from soreness over a few days.


madamsquirrel
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That is great info. Thanks for the update!


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pjab
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Member since Mar 2016
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You’ve proved that you don’t need super pricey Goretex gear to have a good time. Darn Tough socks are the best in the biz now. That’s money went spent.

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unlatch all latches on your boots. It will save your upper ankles and shins from soreness over a few days.

This is a common move but not advised. Certainly remove pressure but keep them latched. If you accidentally kick something and break your buckle, it’ll ruin your day.

I’m glad you had a good time with this temps.


SippyCup
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This is a common move but not advised.


I see people walking with them unlatched all the time. It’s easier to walk with latched.

And Anon M4 goggles for the win.
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