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.
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’!!
If you actually do forget your board or don’t have one, you can rent at just about any resort.
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.
Make sure these still fit and the laces tighten properly. If your laces are on their last leg, get a new pair now.
If you’re flying you will need a bag. Plus it protects your most precious cargo.
I see a pair of gloves below just about every lift. Make sure your gloves have a leash and use it.
Get some warm long socks.
I always wear something under my snow pants, typically sweat pants, but that's just me.
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.
You can wear a hoodie instead of a base layer.
Sometimes I wear a moisture wicking shirt under my base layer, but it’s not necessary.
I sometimes I wear a cool shirt over my base layer.
These are so nice when the wind picks up on the chairlifts.
Or free ball if you want.
Full disclosure, I’m not a girl, but I would imagine a sport bra would be necessary.
I prefer a neck warmer, but if scarves are your thing, go for it
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.
If you are prone to injuries in certain areas, it is best to protect them. All athletes do it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I usually pack extra batteries for everything. Some of the batteries can be used as a power bank to charge your phone too.
You will need to charge the batteries, so don’t forget the charger!
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.
Best not to forget these, but it’s not a deal breaker if you do.
In case you don’t get service for Pandora make sure you have a backup plan.
Most goggles come with extra lenses, and you don’t know what the weather will be like so pack everything you got.
Nobody likes foggy goggles
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.
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.
In case you need to make any adjustments to your bindings, or worse, if you have a screw loose.
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.
These are for the ride to and from the resort. You won’t want your snowboard boots on in the car.
The sun reflecting off the snow can be absolutely blinding.
These are mostly useless but I thought I’d add it anyways.
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.
You will get hungry and thirsty, and you performance depends on staying hydrated and keeping your energy levels high.
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.
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.
I like cliff bars because they are high in energy, filling and easy to carry.
You will most likely always find some jerky in my pocket. It’s delicious, small and high protein.
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.
I can’t believe I have to include these, but here goes:
Most of use a case, but waterproof one if you accidentally drop your phone in the snow.
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
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.
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.
Bring extras and surprise your new friends on the chairlift.
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.
Copy this to your phone notes and use it as a checklist.
Bindings- Check straps and screws
Snowboard Boots- Check Laces
Snowboard Pants, overalls or jeans if you’re brave
Gloves or Mittens (with leash)
Long Underwear Pants
Base Layer Shirt
Sport Bra (For Women)
Butt and Hip Pads
Torch Coat Heater
Heated Glove Liners
Heated Back Brace
Heated Base Layer Shirt
Extra Batteries for Heated Apparel
Chargers for heated apparel
Headphone charger (or batteries)
Micro USB charger- for the power bank, headphones or whatever.
Snow Boots or Shoes
GoPro accessories- batteries, waterproof case etc.
Snowboard leash- these are mostly useless but I thought I’d add it anyways.
ID or Passport
Axe Body Wipes
Other Hygienic items
Game Day Jersey
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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