September 24, 2020 8 min read

The Complete, Quick and Easy Snowboard Checklist.

Whether you are a seasoned pro or a newbie, it’s always good to consult the almighty checklist before your plane takes off.  There’s nothing worse than getting to the mountain and realizing you forgot your gloves.

If you just want the checklist you can skip to the end of the article.  I suggest you copy and paste the checklist into your phone notes. 

What's on the List

We cover just about everything, from the essentials, to comfort items, to stuff that’s just fun. It’s up to you what you want to pack so read on and get to packin’!!

 

Essential Gear- you won’t make it down the hill without these essentials.

Snowboard

If you actually do forget your board or don’t have one, you can rent at just about any resort.

Bindings

Before you pack your board, get into your bindings and make sure they are set how you like them, and that all the straps work and screws are tight.

Snowboard Boots

Make sure these still fit and the laces tighten properly.   If your laces are on their last leg, get a new pair now.

Snowboard bag

If you’re flying you will need a bag.  Plus it protects your most precious cargo.

Essential Outerwear- You will be absolutely miserable without these.

Snowboard Jacket

Snowboard Pants, overalls or jeans if you’re brave

Belt

Gloves or Mittens (with a leash)

I see a pair of gloves below just about every lift.  Make sure your gloves have a leash and use it.

Goggles

Beanie

Socks

Get some warm long socks.

Base Layers- Crucial gear to keep you comfortable.

Long Underwear Pants

I always wear something under my snow pants, typically sweat pants, but that's just me.  

Base Layer Shirt

Make sure this is long enough to tuck in so you don’t get snow in your butt crack, and check the weather to see how warm you need your base layer to be.

Hoodie

You can wear a hoodie instead of a base layer.

Undershirt

Sometimes I wear a moisture wicking shirt under my base layer, but it’s not necessary.

Shirt

I sometimes I wear a cool shirt over my base layer.

Neck Warmer

These are so nice when the wind picks up on the chairlifts.

Balaclava

Face Mask

Underwear

Or free ball if you want.

Sport Bra (For Women)

Full disclosure, I’m not a girl, but I would imagine a sport bra would be necessary.

Scarf

I prefer a neck warmer, but if scarves are your thing, go for it

Essential Safety Gear

Helmet

Helmets are now a standard on the mountain.  You may see a few people without them here and there but if I had to guess, I’d say 98% of people wear helmets.

Optional Safety Gear

If you are prone to injuries in certain areas, it is best to protect them. All athletes do it.

Back Brace

I actually always wear a back brace because I injured my back before and the brace stops me from making any painful movements.  Our anseris heated back brace was designed specifically for snowboarding.

Wrist Guards

Butt and Hip Pads

A lot of people wear these and you can’t tell at all.  You will fall on your butt, and this will save you.  And bonus, when you sit down in the snow it’s not as cold.

Knee Pads

Ankle Brace

Heated Options

It’s a cold sport, take these items with you to improve comfort and your overall wellbeing. Staying warm increases blood flow, which makes you less sensitive to pain, more flexible, less likely to get injured and just overall puts you in a better mood.

Torch Coat Heater

The Torch Coat Heater is battery powered and can stick in your snowboard jacket.  It has 3 heat pads that you can turn on and off with a power button.  I have mine in my snowboard jacket at all times.  I don’t notice it my jacket and I really only turn it on when I’m on the chairlift.  And god damn is it nice.

Heated Glove Liners

Out heated glove liners have tiny heating pads that surround your fingers.  These gloves are super thin and not waterproof so wear these as a liner with your favorite glove or mitten shell.

Heated Insoles

If your feet tend to get cold you can put these insoles in your snowboard boots and turn them on and off with a little remote control. 

Heated Back Brace

I use a heated back brace.  The brace stops my back from moving in painful ways, and the heat increases the blood flow, increases flexibility, and reduces pain sensitivity. It drastically reduces my chances of pain the next day.  Plus if I was cold it acts as a nicer warmer.  Check out our heated back brace designed for snowboarding.

Heated Base Layer Shirt

These are powered by a little power bank that you can also use to charge your phone.  The base layer is really similar to Patagonia’s R1, with the super soft micro fleece but it has two really big heating pads, one on the chest and one on the back.

Extra Batteries

I usually pack extra batteries for everything.  Some of the batteries can be used as a power bank to charge your phone too.

Chargers

You will need to charge the batteries, so don’t forget the charger!

Hand warmers

You can get the one time use disposable hand warmers and they are a lot cheaper than heated gear, but they won’t fit in your gloves or boots.  But they are great for keeping warm when you can use them.

Stock up on Your Heated Gear

Accessories and Miscellaneous Items

Best not to forget these, but it’s not a deal breaker if you do.

Headphones

Headphone charger (or batteries)

Playlist

In case you don’t get service for Pandora make sure you have a backup plan.

Goggle Lenses

Most goggles come with extra lenses, and you don’t know what the weather will be like so pack everything you got.

Goggle Wipes

Nobody likes foggy goggles

Kleenex

Get the little travel packs at the gas station.  Your nose will run.  Plus you can use them to clean your goggles.  These are so small I always have them in one of my jacket pockets.

Chapstick

With SPF is preferred.

Sunscreen

The sun blaring off the snow can give people some pretty gnarly sunburns, and they look ridiculous because you’ll only burn half your face, from your goggle line to you chin.

Snowboard Multi tool

In case you need to make any adjustments to your bindings, or worse, if you have a screw loose.

Power Bank

Phones always lose charge in the cold and you’ll want your phone powered up if you’re trying to track down friends or if you have an emergency.

Micro usb charger- for the power bank, headphones or whatever.

Phone charger

Snow Boots or Shoes

These are for the ride to and from the resort.  You won’t want your snowboard boots on in the car.

Sunglasses

The sun reflecting off the snow can be absolutely blinding.

GoPro

GoPro accessories- batteries, waterproof case etc

Selfie Stick

Snowboard leash

These are mostly useless but I thought I’d add it anyways.

Walkie Talkies

Sometimes you don’t have service and you want to keep in touch with friends.  These can be fun, handy or annoying.  That’s up to you. Kssshhhhhhh... Over and out.

 

Foods and Beverages

You will get hungry and thirsty, and you performance depends on staying hydrated and keeping your energy levels high.

Water

It’s crucial to stay hydrated especially in higher altitudes.   Figure out how to bring water on the mountain, whether it’s a camelback, in a backpack or in a pocket.  I usually just buy a water at the gas station, take a sip and then crush the bottle so it’s flat and fits in my front coat pocket.  Surprisingly I never notice it there, and it’s easily accessible to just take a sip whenever.

Energy drinks

I like a good boost every now and then.  All the resorts will have energy drinks you can buy.  Personally I like the 5 hour Energy’s.  They are small, fit in my pocket and I’d rather get a quick boost and save the room in my stomach for water.

Cliff Bars

I like cliff bars because they are high in energy, filling and easy to carry. 

Jerky

You will most likely always find some jerky in my pocket.  It’s delicious, small and high protein.

Snacks

Or bring some other granola bars.    But find something small and filling.  This way you’re not hungry in the time after breakfast and before lunch.

 

For the Backpack or if you get a locker

Dry clothes

Lunch

The obvious

I can’t believe I have to include these, but here goes:

Phone

Phone Case

Most of use a case, but waterproof one if you accidentally drop your phone in the snow.

Phone charger

Wallet/Purse

ID or Passport

Credit Cards

Cash

Keys

Lift ticket

Toothbrush

Deodorant

Dude wipes

These come in one time use packs, and it’s worth having a little comfort especially if you don’t know what kind of toilet paper the resort will have

Axe Body Wipes

If you’re not able to take a shower right away, maybe still wash away some of the stink.  Or don’t, what do I care.

Other Hygienic items

Shit Because of Stupid Covid Ruining our lives.

Face Masks

Hand Sanitizer

Sanitizer Wipes

Fun Ideas

Bring a costume to wear

Game Day?  Wear a jersey over you jacket.

Christmas- Santa Hat.

Thanksgiving- Turkey suit.

New Years – bring some beads and New Year’s hat.

Birthday? Pack you birthday suit.

Be original, the slope is definitely a place to have fun and be yourself.

For Adults

Fireball Shooters (For those 21 and older)

Bring extras and surprise your new friends on the chairlift.

Weed pen or gummies (Where it’s legal only, and only if you are of age)

The days of trying to light a bowl in 70 mph winds on the chairlift are over.  Here in Colorado you can get these smoke pens at any weed shop.

eCig or vape pen

 

The Complete Checklist

Copy this to your phone notes and use it as a checklist.

 

Snowboard bag

Snowboard

Bindings 

Bindings- Check straps and screws

Snowboard Boots

Snowboard Boots- Check Laces

Snowboard Jacket

Snowboard Pants, overalls or jeans if you’re brave

Belt

Gloves or Mittens (with leash)

Goggles

Beanie

Socks

Long Underwear Pants

Base Layer Shirt

Hoodie

Undershirt

Shirt

Neck Warmer

Balaclava

Face Mask

Underwear

Sport Bra (For Women)

Scarf

Helmet

Back Brace

Wrist Guards

Butt and Hip Pads

Knee Pads

Ankle Brace

Torch Coat Heater

Heated Glove Liners

Heated Insoles

Heated Back Brace

Heated Base Layer Shirt

Extra Batteries for Heated Apparel

Chargers for heated apparel

Hand warmers

Headphones

Headphone charger (or batteries)

Playlist

Google Lenses

Goggle Wipes

Kleenex

Chapstick

Sunscreen

Multi tool

Power Bank

Micro USB charger- for the power bank, headphones or whatever.

Phone charger

Snow Boots or Shoes

Sunglasses

GoPro

GoPro accessories- batteries, waterproof case etc.

Selfie Stick

Snowboard leash- these are mostly useless but I thought I’d add it anyways.

Walkie Talkies

Water

Cliff Bars

Jerky

Snacks

Dry clothes

Lunch

Phone

Phone Case

Phone charger

Wallet/Purse

ID or Passport

Credit Cards

Cash

Keys

Lift ticket

Toothbrush

Deodorant

Dude wipes

Axe Body Wipes

Other Hygienic items

Face Masks

Hand Sanitizer

Sanitizer Wipes

Costume to

Game Day Jersey

Santa Hat

New Year’s hat.

Fireball Shooters (For those 21 and older)

Weed pen or gummies (Where it’s legal only, and only if you are of age)

eCig or Vape Pen (18 years and older only)

 

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