During the holidays, the family and I took a trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado for a ski trip. We fell in love with the small town and the mountain was right-sized for me— not too overwhelming, and lots of blues and greens to keep me happy and not too challenged! Plus, we were blessed with 20 marvelous inches of snow the day we got there— I was up to my calves in powder, and fell face first a couple of times. A pro-skiier, I am not.
Best of all, we traveled with our close friends and had lots of fun playing card games and watching movies at night as we thawed out from the day on the mountain.
Neither my husband or myself would call ourselves “skiiers:” I never fell in love with the sport, and don’t crave that frosty air whipping at my face, or the fresh powder melting up my jacket.
My husband was even less of a skier than I was— on our first family ski trip, he almost didn’t even rent gear, telling me he’d be waiting with hot chocolate at the lodge when we were done. But I convinced him to try it on the first day, and he was hooked.
Turns out that a ski trip is the perfect antidote to a tech-filled lifestyle— you can’t exactly check email on the moguls. And if you’re less-than-skilled, like I am, it clears your head of to-dos (because all you can really think about is how to get down the mountain without killing yourself).
That said, there are a lot of ski tech that can help you optimize your performance, and be more comfortable on on the slopes, whether you’re doing it bunny style like me, or Heli-skiing down a black diamond trail.
Here are a few things we brought on our trip, and a few more that I would have loved to have had in my duffle. Maybe next year!
GoPro Hero 6
With it’s new—and enhanced—video stabilization, the latest GoPro model is ideal for capturing your day on the slopes. It even automatically sends your footage (shot in 4K and 1080p) to your phone where the GoPro app turns it into an edited video that you can watch while you chill in the lodge with a hot cocoa later that day.
Buy it here ($450)
eGlove Heli Snowboard Gloves
Made with goats leather, these gloves are water-resistant and windproof, so your hands will definitely stay warm throughout the day. They also come with touchscreen conducive pads, so your hands won’t get frost bite in the 10 seconds it takes to snap a smartphone pic at the mountain’s peak.
Buy it here ($160)
Peet Electric Boot and Shoe Dryer
Die-hard skiiers know: There’s nothing worse than inserting your foot into ski boots that still haven’t fully dried from yesterday’s day on the slopes. This compact machine will silently dry and deodorize your footwear in three to eight hours, so they’re ready to go for day two (or three or four).
Buy it here ($40)
Carv Digital Ski Coach
Originally a Kickstarter, this device and app combo serves as a digital ski instructor that shadows you on the slopes at all times. To use it, simply place the smart inserts inside your boots, then attach the ski tracker and activate the app. The result? Real time feedback on your technique on every trail.
Buy it here ($250)
Rossignol & PIQ Wearable Ski Sport Tracker
Another tracker. This one gets strapped directly onto your boot and tracks your runs via a sensor that tied to a free smartphone app. In seconds, you’ll know an impressive range of details from your jump height to downhill speed and G Force.
Buy it here ($198)
This thermal capsule is designed to protect your smartphone from extreme temperatures (aka the freezing cold on the mountaintop) while providing drop and float protection. It’s also small enough to fit in your ski jacket pockets. A win-win.
Buy it here ($30)
Abom Mirror Goggles
If you can’t see through fog, what’s the point? These goggles come with an invisible (and electrically-conducive) film between the lens, which makes them more than just fog-resistant, they’re anti-fog, meaning fog doesn’t have the ability to form in the first place.
Buy it here ($269)
Spyne 120 Heat
Designed with the advanced skier in mind, these boots deliver high performance in a medium flex. They’re also equipped with Thermic heat technology so you can say goodbye to numb toes for up to 19 hours straight.
Buy it here ($900)
Hestra Heated Mitt Liners
Layer these battery-powered fabric liners beneath your ski gloves and you’ll be amazed how quickly frozen fingers are a problem no more. They also come with three different heat levels, so you can adjust the temp to suit a range of weather conditions throughout the day.
Buy it here ($290)
Therm-ic Powersocks Heat Uni
These socks take comfort to the next level, thanks to built-in foot, shin, ankle and instep reinforcements that result in peak performance—and warmth—on the trail.
Buy it here ($77)
This waterproof watch comes with a 25-day battery life, not to mention the ability to track real time info like altitude, distance, speed and pace right from your wrist. (It’s also a handy compass and GPS should you find yourself turned around on the slopes.
Buy it here ($275)