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LSUfan4444
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re: Ski Gear
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What footwear do you normally wear around town when not skiing?


I usually bring two pairs of boots. One is a waterpfoof pair of Timberlands or Salomons I can wear if its snowing or raining or if I go hiking and another I can wear if it's a dryer day and easier to get on and off when I head to the mountain. I always fly in the heaviest pair I have which is usually my Timberlands or Salomons

When it's wet/snowing or raining or may head through snow

Timberland



Salomon





When it's dry and want something easier to get in and out

Merrill Moab

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Hogwall Jackson
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What footwear do you normally wear around town when not skiing?


Blundstones. LINK


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SaDaTayMoses
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Skip all of the ski gear packing.
When you arrive at the destination airport, go to the nearest Goodwill.
You will find new (pro ski name brand) ski bibs, jackets, gloves, everything you need.

If there are kid stuff you can’t find, you can always buy there.

It’s what we do every time and saves you a ton on luggage/ baggage fees.


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firstandtiger
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We got some good pants and gloves at Costco


LSUintheNW
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The long underwear sold at Costco by the brand 32 degree is amazing for the price.

I bought them to compare and I was shocked how good they were for the price.

Order online if not at your costco. I just looked and it isn't a members only purchase.

Perfect baselayer for the whole family.


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pwejr88
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What footwear do you normally wear around town when not skiing?


Just get some regular ole duck boots. I got some inexpensive Nautica ones from Amazon that have worked great here in 1-8 degree weather. (Montana)
For warmth it’s more about the socks than the boot.


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Mahootney
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Borrow from someone you know in town. That's the best plan.

Buy them all 2 layers of top and bottom thermals. One to wear and one to wash.
Always wear a helmet. Renting is fine, but if you aren't growing anymore... it's the same price to buy.

Ski gloves, pants, and jackets can be had cheaply.
You can get some cheap goggles for $35 that'll work fine.
Wear Smartwool/equivalent ski socks; the padding helps alot.

If any of them are trying to snowboard (usually takes a whole trip just to learn and you only get to enjoy it the following trip)... get them ski gloves with wrist guards built in. The most common injury when learning is broken wrists.
A pair of crash pads for the butt also helps a bunch when snowboarding because of the sitting and falling on your butt.

I would recommend everyone learn to ski on the first trip. You can do enough to still have fun, and the learning curve to get onto greens and blues and easy blacks is like a day or two.


martiallaw
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Crap, I have kids ages 10 and 9 and I signed them up for Snowboarding. Based on your post I'm starting to reconsider. I do have them in 3 days on snowboarding lessons however.


pjab
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I would recommend everyone learn to ski on the first trip. You can do enough to still have fun, and the learning curve to get onto greens and blues and easy blacks is like a day or two.



I think it all depends on the person. Some people tend to be timid on the mountain and it has nothing to do what’s strapped to their feet.


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OTIS2
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Let the kids learn what they want to do.


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VanRIch
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I taught my 7 year old last year in an hour. Now he wasn’t carving back and forth but he was in control of his edges and he could get down the greens with little issue. So like someone said, it depends on the person. My son had zero interest in skiing and trying to force him into would’ve been a bad idea. I personally, had a much better experience learning how to snowboard than I did skiing. I’ve been on skis a lot and never really got comfortable and when I switched to snowboarding, I taught myself in a day (all lessons were booked up) and it was the most free, relaxing and exhilarating experience of my life. So, basically, to each their own, but if your kids want to snowboard, get them into snowboarding, otherwise they’re going to watch the snowboarders fly past them and just wish they were doing it.


Mahootney
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I can't disagree with any of this. I prefer snowboarding vs skiing myself.
If you've never been, and maybe won't go back, skiing is the easy choice.
If you are going back and/or have a desire to board... board.

After this trip, especially with 3 days of lessons. They'll be fine and probably can do most everything.
Just have to know they are gonna fall and it's gonna be hard and they'll be sore. But if they stick it out, it's worth it.

I didn't mean to discourage anyone from snowboarding.
But most people aren't committed to learning to board, especially if they already know how to ski, and they quit.

Because learning to ski is easy, but skiing is hard to master. Learning to board is hard, but it's easier to master.


MintBerry Crunch
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Costco had good cheap gloves for adults and cheap thin base layers for kids


VanRIch
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Hijack: what’s a good gift for someone who snowboards, but has all the necessities?


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pjab
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I think people learning one or the other tend to lean back thinking that will control speed. With skiing, you can get away with it up to a point. On a board, forward pressure is required from the jump unless you plan to Zorro your way down the mountain.

I’d say skiing allows you to cheat/get away with bad habits for longer which could be interpreted as “getting better”.


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