The ultimate resort kit.
The ultimate resort kit. (Photo: Dustin Sammann)

11 Essentials for Resort Skiing

The ultimate top-to-bottom kit for inbounds laps

The ultimate resort kit.
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Smith Vantage Helmet ($220)

(Smith)

The Vantage is a standout performer, with a protective honeycomb polymer and a low profile. 

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Kastle BMX 105 HP Skis ($1,249)

(Kastle)

At 105 millimeters underfoot, this is a solid daily driver for western skiers. A silver fir core and hollow tips keep it relatively playful. 

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Giro Contact Goggles ($240)

(Giro)

We could rave about the superfast lens-swap system or the insanely wide field of view through top-notch glass. But we really love the Contact for its big-mountain steeze.

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Truck M2 Gloves ($65)

(Truck)

The M2’s check both the durability and warmth boxes, with tough four-way-stretch nylon and goat leather built around PrimaLoft Gold synthetic fill. 

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Nordica Speed Machine 130 Boots ($799)

(Nordica)

These stiff, 130-degree-flex boots are ideal for hard chargers who want ultimate precision. The secret: the fit system, which uses infrared heat to quickly mold the shell to your foot. 

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Original Buff Android Jones ($20)

(Buff)

Buff has single-handedly evolved the humble neck gaiter. Its trippiest design to date is based on works by Boulder-born digital artist Android Jones. 

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Flylow Chemical Pants ($340)

(Flylow)

These tough three-layer pants, with reinforced knees and cuffs, should outlast every other item you ski in. Ample venting along the thighs keeps them comfortable in a range of climes.

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Smartwool Men’s PhD Ski Light Elite Socks ($24)

(Smartwool)

It’s tough to beat this blend of merino and synthetic fibers for the best mix of warmth, plushness, and sturdiness. 

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Marmot Torbin Half Zip ($120)

(Marmot)

Base layers don’t get much cozier than the Torbin, which is made from a mix of brushed and regular fleece

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Faction Mitchell Jacket ($309)

(Faction)

All the cool kids wear Faction. Makes sense when shells like the Mitchell offer style and resort-centric features (like a high, fleece-lined collar) at a digestible price.

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Soul Poles Limited Edition ($350)

(Soul Poles)

These handmade bamboo sticks don’t boast high-tech carbon-fiber anything. But they look and feel fantastic. 

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Lead Photo: Dustin Sammann

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