Five Must-Haves Guaranteed to Shake Up Your Winter Quiver

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Quiver: A quiver refers to a skier or snowboarder’s collection of winter gear. A ski quiver can be anywhere from one to fifty or more pairs of skis or ski boots, depending on the individual’s point of view. We firmly believe in adding to your quiver instead of replacing pieces. Snow quality changes based on the day, and you’ll be happy when you have those heavy downhills to rip up the cord instead of chattering down the hill on your powder skis. However, growing your quiver doesn’t limit you to only acquiring more skis and boots. Creating a versatile quiver to ensure that you’re comfortable on the hill is the best thing you can do. Whether it be that Arc’teryx shell for when the wind is whipping, or that Armada puffy for when the temps drop below zero but there’s powder to shred, you’ll be thankful for your quiver. Do you, your significant other or children suffer from cold feet or hands? Well, continue reading to find out how to keep your digits warm this season.

The 2015-16 Breckenridge Ski Season is right around the corner! And, once you see what’s out there, you’re bound to appreciate just how much the industry has picked up its game. That being said, it’s time to add these Top Five items to your quiver:

  1. Skis or Snowboard– We firmly believe in ADDING to your quiver without removing old items. What type of ski or snowboard do you need? Powder? Rocker? All mountain? Carving? Well, if supporting local companies isn’t cool enough, you’re sure to get a cool top sheet that you probably won’t see much of. Handmade, small-batch ski and snowboard manufacturing businesses are flourishing, and these companies aren’t just making fat powder skis and boards. They adapt to all different types of conditions, just like bigger companies. Go ahead and demo a pair; you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes! Check out local ski shops like Rocky Mountain Underground (RMU)Fatypus or Icelantic. These small establishments offer competitive pricing and top of the line equipment.
  2. Touring Set Up– Face it, Breckenridge gets busy. If you’re lucky enough to be a local or get up here on the weekdays, you’re lucky enough. For all you weekend warriors, you might want to set aside some money to invest in some touring gear for next season. Now, we realize it isn’t as simple as it sounds. There is some substantial equipment you will need to purchase to make sure you stay safe. However, investing and expanding your knowledge about the backcountry only increases the places you get to see and can give you a different angle on how you look at snow conditions. As a beginner, we recommend you do your research. Evo.com has a great article on How to Get Started Backcounty Skiing and Snowboarding. This sport is becoming increasingly popular. If you do choose to come up and skin Breckenridge, start on Peak 8 or 9, and stay on designated skin paths. You can read all about the uphill access from the Ski Patrol, as well as sign up for email alerts here. The pro: Avoid lift lines while getting a workout and get the first tracks of the day. There is something very rewarding about skiing down an empty trail first thing in the morning on fresh corduroy. Since we know ski traffic is horrendous on Sunday, we suggest coming up Saturday and spend the day touring. Ski Sunday afternoon when the lines are less crowded, get a GREAT lodging rate Sunday night and drive home first thing Monday morning (you may even be able to get a skin in on Peak 7 if you stay at Grand Lodge’s Ski in Ski out Resort!)
  3. HD Video and Camera Goggles –Are people calling you a tele tubby with that GoPro on top of your head? The “is it on?” questions can get a bit old. We realize there are plenty of options out there, but for the sleek look and price, we’ve found that the Zeal Optics HD Camera Goggle makes it happen. Capturing 1080p & 720p HD video, you won’t be disappointed with the quality. And, glove-ready buttons on the side of the frame make it easy to turn recording on or off without freezing your hands off.
  4. Hotronic FootWarm S4: We know the temperatures drop quickly here in high country. Keeping your feet and hands warm is pertinent to staying on the slopes all day. Yes, hand warmers and toe warmers are quick and easy to pick up, but they don’t last all day. If you want to get serious about keeping your feet toasty in your boots, check out the latest and greatest heated foot bed from Hotronics. You will probably benefit from a custom install, but coming from firsthand experience, it’s worth it. So, while everyone else is going inside to warm up, your cozy toesies can keep lapping that powder run.
  5. Bluetooth Wireless Helmet Audio: First off, if you aren’t wearing a helmet, get one. The benefits outweigh the drawbacks, plus it keeps your ears warm. The Chips, made by Outdoor Tech, allows you to make and take those phone calls when you lose your buddies on the first run (without fumbling to remove your mittens or retrieve your phone from your pocket). Each earpiece features a single button that you can operate from outside of your helmet. Buy. Connect. Don’t miss another call on the hill.

There you have it: the five most crucial items that you should be adding to your quiver. If you can’t make it happen this year, don’t worry. A better version will be out next year, when you’re ready to get back in the game.

Have a safe and exciting 2015-16 Ski and Snowboard Season in Breckenridge!

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