It snowed a foot last night, and all signs point to the storm not letting up for at least another 24 hours. The best part is that after everyone gets tired around 1 p.m., you and your friends get free refills all afternoon, lapping your favorite chair right into the maelstrom.
Bluebird powder days are nice: You can see, everything is all sparkly, and it's not wet. But there's a special place in our heart for skiing during a storm. Not many sports call for heading out into the snow when it's blowing sideways. Fewer still ask its devotees to revel in glee while in the middle of such cold, windy, snow conditions.
But that's what we do. To do it right, of course, requires a certain setup, one that won't leave you cold and wet, one that allows you to forget about the challenging weather and just ski to your heart's delight.
Flylow Quantum Pro
With tough three-layer Intuitive fabric, the Quantum Pro has the durability and longish freeride cut for ultimate protection against harsh weather. The helmet-compatible hood is the ideal shelter for the chairlift and doesn't hinder movement or vision on the ski down. READ MORE.
Stio Environ Bib
The Environ Bib extends up just past your belly button, providing excellent protection without feeling like a shake-and-bake sweat suit. Featuring a three-layer Toray Dermizax fabric, the bib is a workhorse built for aggressive skiing. CHECK OUT MORE HERE.
Blizzard Rustler 11
On storm days, you need a strong ski that can destroy pillows and cut through chunder, while also providing enough float and maneuverability to ski fast through the trees. The Rustler 11 is practically built for exactly this purpose. MORE ON SKIS.
Lange RX 130
No lollygagging on storm days. It's about getting as many laps as you can. No hiking required. The Lange RX 130--performance fit, no walk mode--has all the oomph you need for bombing laps. MORE BOOTS.
Hestra Army Leather Patrol Mitt
For toasty fingers, try this mitt from Hestra. With soft leather and quality insulation, as well as a low-profile cuff, the Army Leather has the grip and grin you need to stay out all day.
Smith Quantum MIPS Helmet
You should already be wearing a helmet no matter the conditions, but especially on storm days, where the trees offer visibility. The new Quantum is a brain bucket that doesn't skimp. Aerocore construction with Koroyd (a thermally molded honeycomb material) has improved protection from side impacts. Boa enclosure ensures a custom fit, and the chinstrap can be buckled with one hand. Excellent venting means you can easily adjust your dome's temperature. CHECK IT OUT.
Scott LCG Goggles
With one of the best lenses on the market, the Scott LCG offers exceptional clarity and peripheral vision. It's easy to swap lenses, too, meaning your day won't be done if you take a digger and get snow on the inside. PEEP THE GOGGLE.
Spanky Goggle Wipe
If there's one thing that will cut a storm day short, it's lack of visibility. Use the Spanky goggle wipe to stay out longer. Bonus points for not getting lost since it doubles as a trail map. Great idea. SPANK IT.