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Five Essential Ski Accessories

Poll Results: Which five accessories do you need most?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 22% of voters (114)
    Goggles
  • 16% of voters (85)
    Helmet
  • 3% of voters (20)
    Backcountry kit (whistle, compass, waterproof matches)
  • 2% of voters (15)
    Personal music system (iPod, etc)
  • 12% of voters (63)
    Hydration system (or water bottle)
  • 7% of voters (38)
    Backpack
  • 2% of voters (11)
    Chemical handwarmers
  • 7% of voters (40)
    Ski lock
  • 6% of voters (33)
    Ski straps (velcro clips for holding skis together)
  • 8% of voters (44)
    Ski bags/boot bags
  • 3% of voters (19)
    Powder leash
  • 5% of voters (27)
    Other (please indicate)
509 Total Votes  
post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
If you had to choose only five, which would you pick?
post #2 of 30
5 things, eh? I won't count the obvious (skiis, boots, poles, gloves, pants, socks, top layers, and goggles), so here goes:
1) helmet (more on this later)
2) chap stick
3) cash or credit card (beer is not free)
4) baseball hat (in the coat pocket, preferably with a skiing theme or logo)
5) sunglasses

With this gear, I can survive & enjoy almost any situation a ski mountain can throw at me. Normal skiing? Helmet & chapstick will see me through (although a bandana in the pocket will help in extreme situations). Sunny or apres ski? Hat & sunglasses cover the helmet head & bleary eyes. Everything else? Nothing money can't take care of. It's all good.
post #3 of 30
I agree with PerSwede: helmet or hat, lip balm, credit card, and goggles/sunglasses. Add an energy bar to make 5 items. Then I'm set for the day.
post #4 of 30
Goggles, helmet, wallet & 2 beers.
post #5 of 30
There are more than 5 eseentials that go into my pack. Of course, there are your top 6 listed above. Also, you failed to mention, cat tracks, and energy bar which are very important to me.
post #6 of 30
Hotronics Boot Heaters! Kleenex. gator.
post #7 of 30
Flawed



Dermatone
Lip protection
Radio
Wax and cork
diamond stone
post #8 of 30
Rain gear
Pick Axe
Snorkel
Seat cushion used as flotation device
$70 lift pass
post #9 of 30
At least you aren't debating whether or not to ski on the most crowded ski weekend of the year after a nasty thaw cycle because you have a season pass without blackout dates that you want to utilize.

I have to say that Sunday River has done a great job considering what they had to work with so far.
post #10 of 30
tool
goggles
helmet
ball cap (for Apres)
leather workgloves (take more abuse than any ski glove, especially for Alpine snowboarding)
as many options to slide down the hill as possible...skis, boards, tele, teleboards, blades...
post #11 of 30
We do not live in a montain skiing area and helmets are not required! The most importan things is a backpack with everthing I need for two little girls!

Kleenex, snack bars, water, chapstick, extra gloves(they are kids), pack lunches, ski locks, them ski leashes for the kids ski's, lotion (face), and extra socks.

For me its, my cell phone (pre-paid baby is the cheepest way to go) for emergancies not for chit chat, etra socks, and gloves, chap stick, my perscription ski glasses, my regular glasses, water, and more kleenex!

I also can cut my expensives by shopping in the local hunting/farming shops for thremal ware and ski pants!
post #12 of 30
Other: Diamond Stone
post #13 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by SnO BJ
We do not live in a montain skiing area and helmets are not required!
Helmets are not there to protect you from the mountain. You're moving, there are people and things for you to hit or to hit you. They may not be required by the ski hill, but to pass them off as not needed is foolish. One body slam to the ice should convince anyone.
post #14 of 30
Others:

Boot glove/chemical boot warmers. Face Masque/hot head/neck gaitor.

Sorry, 5 just ain't enough, when goggles and helmet are "accessories".
post #15 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by pheft
Helmets are not there to protect you from the mountain. You're moving, there are people and things for you to hit or to hit you. They may not be required by the ski hill, but to pass them off as not needed is foolish. One body slam to the ice should convince anyone.
Last weekend up at SR I got nailed in the head by a triple chair's side support beam because the liftie missed the chair and it swung in a strange way.

If I did not have a helmet on that hit would have ended my ski day.
post #16 of 30
Tow boat
life jacket
Water skis

Seriously....

I ski at an area with 920 vert, I don't think the powder cords and avi gear, or even a backpack is necessary. As a matter of fact, the list provided is targeted to back country skiers. For in-bound lift served skiing just about none of the stuff listed is needed. The helmet and goggles should probably be considered equipment, not accessories since they aren't packed or stored, but worn.

Helmet/hat
Glasses and/or goggles
sometmes an energy bar, but not a requirement
post #17 of 30
Other:

Avalanche Safety Gear: Transceiver, shovel and probe.

Even skiing inbounds carrying a transceiver isn't a bad idea. If something unlucky happens you can be found a *lot* faster if you are carrying a transceiver.
post #18 of 30
Other:

A proper ski vise
Side and Base guides
Diamond stones
Iron/scrapers
Brushes
post #19 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnH
Tow boat
life jacket
Water skis

Seriously....

I ski at an area with 920 vert, I don't think the powder cords and avi gear, or even a backpack is necessary. As a matter of fact, the list provided is targeted to back country skiers. For in-bound lift served skiing just about none of the stuff listed is needed. The helmet and goggles should probably be considered equipment, not accessories since they aren't packed or stored, but worn.

Helmet/hat
Glasses and/or goggles
sometmes an energy bar, but not a requirement
Obviously I can relate:

I'll add 2 to the local, small mountain list:

cooler
grill
post #20 of 30
If your idea of a "backcountry kit" is waterproof matches, a whistle and a compass, please be advised that you are not invited to join me on any out of bounds activities.

Also- that is not a backcountry list at all. Ski straps, ipod, ski lock or bootbag? Hardly.

My standard pack:

Transceiver
Probe
Shovel
First Aid Kit
Headlamp
Spare batteries
Water
Energy bars
GPS
Radio

And yes, I carry this pack inbounds as well.

BTW, vertical has nothing to do with it - there are ski areas with 1000 vertical that are in avalanche terrain.

A note on powder straps: They are not "powder leashes". They are not attached to the body at all.
post #21 of 30
Thread Starter 
The real surprise for me -- and let's face it, I had not a trace of hope of producing a list everybody would approve -- is the number of people picking hydration system/water bottle. I wonder how many Appalachian (Allegheny, Catskills, Green, Lawrence) skiers chose this? Amazing. The list pretty is much a standard list of ski accessories marketed at many different stores as such.
post #22 of 30
Gloves.

You need gloves.

Also long underwear.

I'm not sure where the line between accessories and clothes is drawn, or equipment for that matter.

Also, are these supposed to be accessories you actually carry with you while skiing? I would've thought so, but I doubt many people actually carry their ski or boot bag onto the hill. If so, I wonder about how many people ski with a vise in their pocket, or an iron for that matter. If we're getting into accessories that you don't carry, I suppose a car comes in handy. A cabin / condo / ski house is also useful, though hardly necessary.

A few other missing ones I sometimes carry, or not (given my understanding of what's an accessory, and based on the idea you're supposed to be carrying it):
- Walkie talkie
- Little camera
- Sunglasses
- Chain saw
post #23 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by wbroun
The real surprise for me -- and let's face it, I had not a trace of hope of producing a list everybody would approve -- is the number of people picking hydration system/water bottle. I wonder how many Appalachian (Allegheny, Catskills, Green, Lawrence) skiers chose this? Amazing. The list pretty is much a standard list of ski accessories marketed at many different stores as such.
I ski in Appalachia with a hydration system. Why is that amazing to you?The water at Whitetail tastes alright when it's cold but if you ever tried it during the summer you would find it ironic that the closest town is named Clear Spring. Anyway you have to go inside to get some. Always people are complaining of thirst when riding the lift with me. It gets warm around here which makes one crave water, but hydration is at least as important in cold conditions and you should drink even before you get thirsty, not three runs later when you are so parched you absolutely have to go in and drink the funky tap. I bought my first camelback for mountain biking but it really is good for skiing.

goggles or shades
sunscreen or rain gear
hydration system
music system
safety kit

I carry a lot of stuff I never use, wear helmet etc. Be prepared! Thats my five essential list though, stuff I always need and use.
post #24 of 30
Flawed! You have to define need.

1. I need goggles or I can't ski fast; I can only ski slow with glasses because the wind makes my eyes tear up and it's no fun not seeing where your going at 70 mph, same for sunglasses.
2. I don't own or need a helmet to ski, but one would be nice.
3. A boot bag and ski bag must be up there somehow because I justified buying them years ago. You definitely need to protect your skis and bindings if they travel on top of the car. Mine travel in the car, after being towelled off, but it's nice to know that the less valuable luggage in the back of the wagon is protected from those sharp edges.
4. Mits to keep my fingers from freezing. (I'd say a touque too, but I've already said helmet).
5. Long underwear or other suitably warm clothing.
post #25 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by SirMack
tool
goggles
helmet
ball cap (for Apres)
leather workgloves (take more abuse than any ski glove, especially for Alpine snowboarding)
as many options to slide down the hill as possible...skis, boards, tele, teleboards, blades...
Cool quiver! I've been called Fashion Barbie because I have so many different outfits. I like alpine boarding, also ride clickers, I have teleboard (the only one I've ever seen), my only fixed heel ski is 120cm and can be used with plastic duckbill boots although release kinda easy (not DIN). You list skis and tele seperately so people here can comprehend. It this was a forum of multi-glisse you might say skis (meaning freeheel), alpine skis, etc. Of course skis with freeheel binding are more REAL SKIS than fixed heel set-ups. Freeheel skis were first to be used for going downhill and making turns. Also most versatile, alpine skis can skate and christy, freeheel can do that and also telemark and diagonal stride.
post #26 of 30
Gloves is another super important accessory not mentioned. The first time I went skiing I wore crappy glove and my hands were freezing. My bf told me to buy some gortex gloves. What a good investment! They are warm and waterproof! Of course those hand warmers came in handy (no pun intended ) When I had the crappy gloves on.
As far as the list goes..I agree w/ the majority. Googles are important. For me they do 3 things: (1) keep the snow outta my eyes, (2) keep the sun outta my eyes, and (3) keep my face warm(they are kinda big for my face and look goofy I'm sure, but hey they keep me warm!
post #27 of 30
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Harry_Morgan
If your idea of a "backcountry kit" is waterproof matches, a whistle and a compass, please be advised that you are not invited to join me on any out of bounds activities.
I made a typo there, I'm afraid. I failed to put "etc" at the end of the kit list. Thanks for calling me on that!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Harry_Morgan
A note on powder straps: They are not "powder leashes". They are not attached to the body at all.
... you learn something new everyday, some of us more than others! Many thanks for the clarification.
post #28 of 30
-Goggles
-Ski lock
-Ski/Boot bag

Others:
-Neck warmer
-Chap stick
-Cash/Credit card
-Tissues
-Granola bars
-2-way radio

Lastly, what I thought was a no-brainer: Waterproof outerwear. It's surprising how many people don't wear this. :
post #29 of 30
I am not going to go back to find who was the ones who responed to my saying about no helments but...

We spend the day on the bunny hill, and if you have ever skied a MI small ski resort.. you would see how helments are not a factor here. Now if we where at a larger place, like Bittersweet they would wear a helmet. Bunny Hills as Swiss are very very very... small! and are made so that there is very little for kids to bump at.
post #30 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by Harry_Morgan
My standard pack:

Transceiver
Probe
Shovel
First Aid Kit
Headlamp
Spare batteries
Water
Energy bars
GPS
Radio

And yes, I carry this pack inbounds as well.
Buff.
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