☐ Skis/snowboard: correct length – bindings adjusted for YOU by an authorized technician.
☐ Ski brakes for skis, retention device for snowboards.
☐ Boots: properly fitted.
☐ Socks: bring two pairs – one for the bus ride and a pair for your ski/board boots. Be nice to your feet and get socks designed for ski or board boots. They’re worth it!
☐ Poles: proper length.
☐ *Gloves or mittens: water-resistant.
☐ Waterproof sun block: #15 or higher.
☐ *Hat: warm, must cover ears.
☐ Water-resistant warm up pants or ski pants.
☐ Thermal underwear: for added warmth on cold days.
☐ Ski and snowboard bag or straps: to protect and/or hold skis together during transport.
☐ Duffel bag/knapsack: to keep your small things together.
☐ *Face mask or scarf: protection from wind and snow.
☐ Clothing and equipment identification. Many ski items look alike. Mark all your equipment with your name. Use masking tape with your name for ALL rental gear.
☐ Sunglasses: for sunny days. Note: Eye protection is mandatory on sunny days.
☐ *Waterproof & windproof jacket or poncho and pants – for those wet days.
☐ *Goggles: to use when it's snowing. (May be used in place of sunglasses if equipped with dark lenses.)
☐ Ski and board lock: to secure your equipment when not skiing. ALWAYS lock your equipment!
☐ *Parka or ski jacket: insulated, usually worn over a sweater. Important! Be aware that most parkas and ski jackets are NOT waterproof! They will soak through on wet days. Use a waterproof poncho over your ski jacket for those wet days.
☐ Helmet: If you choose to wear a helmet it must be a winter recreational activity specific approved helmet. A helmet may reduce but WILL NOT ELIMINATE THE RISK of any injuries or death from head or neck injuries, even at slow speeds.
☐ Wrist guards for snowboarders: these help reduce the risk of wrist injuries. Make sure they fit with your gloves on. Highly recommended!
* Mandatory for skiing and riding in stormy weather!
NOTE! Temperatures range from -10˚ to 45˚ degrees on winter days in the Sierra. The weather can change from sunny to blizzard and back in a matter of minutes! Make sure you are prepared for all weather.
The shops listed have been in business for many years and their owners and/or managers have a reputation for giving our members excellent customer service. We highly recommend them. Shops marked with an asterisk (*) provide our members with special equipment rental programs.
|Ken’s Bike & Ski*
650 G Street
|Helm of Sun Valley
2843 Howe Avenue
|Land Park Ski & Sports*
4207 Freeport Blvd.
1410 East Monte Vista
Ski and snowboard equipment and clothing properly fitted and suited to your needs makes a big difference in your enjoyment of the sport. We are quite happy to give general advice on the types of equipment and clothing best suited for you. We will however, refer you to a specialty shop for recommending specific equipment. If at any time during the season you need advice on equipment, a shop referral, etc., call our office. We're here to help.