Perhaps you’ve felt a chill nipping at your nose as you dust off the turning and falling leaves. They stick to your shoes and you find yourself throwing on fleece every morning. Fall is here and winter in coming. For ski bums, boarding enthusiasts, and mountaineers alike, this means one thing: Adventure. Time to up your gear, prep the gear you already have, and get those coveted passes. Read on for a few tips that will help you make the transition from balmy summer, to crisp fall, and, finally, to a powdery winter with ease.
When in Doubt, Weather Proof
Skis, boards, hiking boots, and most gear in general will take a beating during the winter months. To avoid having to replace your gear next year, be sure to take care of it early on. Get your board waxed, keep your boots high and dry. Investing in Nikwax for your ski coats, tents and boots is a must.
Jump On It
Slope passes go fast and are pricey. Jump on them early in the season so you can be sure to get the most bang for your buck. Also, whatever your winter sport, planning is key. Talk with friends and family members to lock down dates for ski/boarding adventures, winter camping, and mountaineering well in advance. This will give you time to properly plan and gear up.
Buying last year’s merchandise is a great way to up your gear collection or get your start in a new winter sport. Sniagrabs put on by Sports Authority, which can be found all over the country, is “bargains” spelled backwards for a reason: They sell last year’s gear at ridiculously low prices. Also, check Craigslist, Ebay, and The Clymb for deals.