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post #31 of 41

In regards to underwear, I have found ove rthe years it depended on the quality of overpants i had that determined what I wore underneath.  The overpants I have now, have zipable vents so temeprature control for me in improved.  If you over pants do not have venting, something of a performance wickable longjohn stype is probably prefered.  Helly Hanson makes some good base layers.  If you are going on the cheap, I have used flanel pyjama pants and was quite comfortable.  I have also used sweat pants, but these tend to hold mositure on major temerature swing days. 

 

What I wear now - there from Canada, and you can look for them online - driWear Microfleece thermal long underwear, but like i said, my pants have controlable venting, which helps maintain my temperature balance.

 

Question of socks: Merino wool, and as one other commentor mentions above - socks only into the boots, no tucking in the long underwear below the top of the boot - trust us on this one!

 

Another commentor mentioned about drying the boots at the end of the day -  This is the most important thing you can do to enjoy a follow-up day out on the slopes, but unfortunately many forget to...  I would ask whomever you are renting from to show you how to remove the liners from the boots for drying - simple process, and it will get those sucks dry as a bone for the next day out.

 

Enjoy - and Cheers, for your great white neighbour to the North.

post #32 of 41
Thread Starter 
We all have poly-pro underwear or flece underwear and poly-merino socks as well as liner socks. We bought insulated waterproof ski pants, two of the five pair have the zip vent. Our jackets are all waterproof three in ones. Bought waterproof thinsulate gloves and glove liners. We also all have several fleece pull over shirts already. Don't have the wrist guards for the snowboarding kids, but read about them and definitely seems to be a good thing to have. Looking for goggles now, not sure on what lens Color is best. Other than that, I think we're all set. Angle Fire got a ton of snow a few days ago, in addition to what they're making every day so hopefully it'll be just right by the time we arrive on the 30th. Gonna try to stop and stay a day ahead of time around 5,000 ft just to get a head start on getting use to the altitude. We're all excited and can hardly wait. My boys and wife have never seen more than 4 or 5 inches of snow, and that usually melts in about a day. I spend a week or so in International Falls every year, but I hope it don't get that cold. LOL! Thanks again to all of yall for the help and look forward to reading more.
post #33 of 41
Go for it! I started 2yrs ago at the age of 46 on skis I love it I'm a truck driver an sit on my ass all day! We go every year to Purgatory in Durango CO it's a fab place to learn to ski/board! May you and your family have a great time on the mountain!
post #34 of 41

One clothing item not mentioned yet is something for around a neck (gaiter).  I like a soft Turtle Fur.  Will put it in a pocket even if skiing at my little local hill and not carrying a backpack.

 

http://www.turtlefur.com/b/5441975011

 

I remember years ago when my neighbors' kids walked by after a rare snowstorm that was perfect for making a snowman.  They were in middle school.  Had no idea how to roll snow to make a good snowman since they were born and raised in NC.  Once I showed them what to do (I grew up in New York), they made 4-5. biggrin.gif

post #35 of 41

Here's way more than you need to know about keeping feet warm in ski boots.  I'm guessing this trip may be the first of many.  Needless to say, some of the comments do not apply to snowboard boots.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/100624/keep-your-feet-warm

post #36 of 41

In case you didn't find it, here's an EpicSki Article with the basics about goggles.  Getting something that fits well is probably more important than the lens color for beginners.  Note that some goggles and helmets don't work well together.  Some people prefer sunglasses when it's not too cold.

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/tips-for-buying-ski-goggles

 

When I knew that I was going to ski regularly, I invested in a pair of goggles with lenses that are easy to change.  So I can carry a different color lens in my jacket pocket.  Then no worries if the clouds move in after a sunny morning or vice versa.  Like all ski stuff, early or late season sales are a good time to buy when you know what you want.

post #37 of 41

 You mentioned wrist guards for kids snowboarding, very sensible! If they have knee pads from skating or skateboarding they may well be glad of them too.

 Another thing to consider might be their butts!! Snowboarders end up banging their butts a lot in the early days! You probably won't want to pay out for padded under armour for a first trip but a (cheap) homemade solution for a first trip is feasible. Take a cheap camping roll mat, are you familiar with them? The ones made of foam are the ones I'm on about, just a cheap and nasty one will do, you can always use a double thickness if it is very thin, one would probably do to make three butt cushions that the boys can shove down the back of their trousers to prevent bruising to the coccyx etc. 

post #38 of 41

Came across a couple short videos that make good sense.  For the one about putting on boots, note that many people do that indoors.  Some people "boot up" in or near their car.  Rental boots may not have the fancier adjustment capabilities.

 

 

 

post #39 of 41
Thread Starter 
Well, we're here, arrived today. Got fitted for all of our gear. Ski/snowbard schools tomorrow. I must say, I feel somewhat like robocop trying to walk in those ski boots. Ha! They said since it was our first time they put us in the easy on boots/rear entry. Has one buckle on the back and what looks like some kind of tensioner on the mid foot. The ski's are shorter than I thought, just barely up to my shoulders when standing on end. I guess if we enjoy our week and plan on returning more often, it would be cost effecive to buy our own gear. There's plenty of time for that. As for now it's concentrate on having fun and hopefully no sprains or broken bones. Cheers!!
post #40 of 41

Thanks for checking in!  One good thing about renting is that you can change out as needed.  Can ask your instructor for suggestions about ski length at the end of your lessons.  For the first time out, it's easier to get the hang of things on shorter skis.  Normal length for a beginner is about chin height.

 

By the way, at the ski school at my home mountain the never-ever little kids spend the first 45 min of full-day ski school doing nothing but play games on the snow in their ski boots.  That way they learn to walk around without worrying.  In the southeast, sometimes that the first time those kids have ever worn snow pants or ski jackets and so on.

 

Have fun!

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Well, we're here, arrived today. Got fitted for all of our gear. Ski/snowbard schools tomorrow. I must say, I feel somewhat like robocop trying to walk in those ski boots. Ha! They said since it was our first time they put us in the easy on boots/rear entry. Has one buckle on the back and what looks like some kind of tensioner on the mid foot. The ski's are shorter than I thought, just barely up to my shoulders when standing on end. I guess if we enjoy our week and plan on returning more often, it would be cost effecive to buy our own gear. There's plenty of time for that. As for now it's concentrate on having fun and hopefully no sprains or broken bones. Cheers!!
post #41 of 41

Hope you and the family enjoyed the week!  Let us know how you and the family made out.

Cheers,

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