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Hello everyone,

I've been lurking the forums for a while, browsing various areas of the site including the beginner zone.

I haven't skied in about 10 years now but have been playing competitive hockey in the Mean time so I'm not too nervous about getting back into the swing of things.

Have a half day lesson scheduled this Monday at Loveland, full day lift ticket.
Looks like.its going to be a cold, windy day, but living in northern MN/ND most of my.life I hope ill be able to.survive.

Sorry for the rambling, the main reason for my.post was trying to determine what "equipment" I should buy, rent, improvise for my first time back out. I have a feeling I'll be going often after this first visit but don't want to necessarily buy a bunch of equipment until I've went back out for the first time.
Boots skis and poles will be provided for the day.

I believe I have adequate upper wear in terms.of jacket and under armor.tops (moisture wicking)

Pants-have a pair of thicker wind pants and can layer underneath with other pants of various materials, don't have any wicking pants ie under armor. Will I be miserable without something wicking for my inner most layer? I know sweating and falling on the snow play into this.

Goggles/helmet - with a cloudy day with limited visibility does that make goggles more or less.important? Thought I may be able to get away with sunglasses or no eye wear, please let me know if this thinking out of line.

Hat-I have, also have warm mittens, not sure if I'll need the flexibility of gloves.

Also didn't see it mentioned anywhere, would it be wise to wear a neck warmer/bandana? I know that is common amongst skiers back home, granted that is typically much colder weather.

Open to all feedback and suggestions and I thank you all in advance for taking the time to read!
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Hello everyone,

I've been lurking the forums for a while, browsing various areas of the site including the beginner zone.

I haven't skied in about 10 years now but have been playing competitive hockey in the Mean time so I'm not too nervous about getting back into the swing of things.

Have a half day lesson scheduled this Monday at Loveland, full day lift ticket.
Looks like.its going to be a cold, windy day, but living in northern MN/ND most of my.life I hope ill be able to.survive.

Sorry for the rambling, the main reason for my.post was trying to determine what "equipment" I should buy, rent, improvise for my first time back out. I have a feeling I'll be going often after this first visit but don't want to necessarily buy a bunch of equipment until I've went back out for the first time.
Boots skis and poles will be provided for the day.

I believe I have adequate upper wear in terms.of jacket and under armor.tops (moisture wicking)

Pants-have a pair of thicker wind pants and can layer underneath with other pants of various materials, don't have any wicking pants ie under armor. Will I be miserable without something wicking for my inner most layer? I know sweating and falling on the snow play into this.

Goggles/helmet - with a cloudy day with limited visibility does that make goggles more or less.important? Thought I may be able to get away with sunglasses or no eye wear, please let me know if this thinking out of line.

Hat-I have, also have warm mittens, not sure if I'll need the flexibility of gloves.

Also didn't see it mentioned anywhere, would it be wise to wear a neck warmer/bandana? I know that is common amongst skiers back home, granted that is typically much colder weather.

Open to all feedback and suggestions and I thank you all in advance for taking the time to read!


Welcome to EpicSki!  The advantage of having goggles is that they help keep your face warm.  That said, my ski buddy only wears sun glasses.  So it's a personal preference decision.  It's possible to rent a helmet and that's a good idea.  I find a helmet is more comfortable and keeps my head warmer than any hat.

 

Mittens are fine.  You won't be using poles for making turns.  For that matter, when it's really cold plenty of people wear mittens regardless of their skiiing ability because they are warmer than gloves.

 

Neck warmer, balaclava, scarf, anything to keep the wind from going down your neck, is definitely a good idea.  I've heard it can be windy at Loveland.  Although that's probably more at the main area and not Loveland Basin where the beginner/intermediate lessons are taught.

 

Did you find the Beginner Zone thread by a ice hockey player from Kansas?  Good skaters pick up skiing really quickly.  I have friends with kids who play ice hockey.  All learned to ski very easily.

 

Sounds like you expect to fall a lot on the first day.  That really doesn't have to happen with good instruction.

post #3 of 4

Never have been comfortable wearing balaclavas, but do love neck gaiters.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Carhartt-Mens-Fleece-Gaiter-Shadow/dp/B00TEQLV86/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1450559685&sr=8-1&keywords=neck+gaiter

 

Cheap and super effective.


You will be killing it before you know it. Have fun!

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Depending where you are skiing goggles may be important. If you are skiing east coast or Midwest I bet they will be blowing snow while open if they ever open. You don't want to be without goggles when that happens. I would probably pick up a cheap pair for around $20 just in case. My wife found a pair at Costco for $25 that had two lenses.
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