Age has its rewards. And you may have noticed the occasional downside.

For the senior skier, a few equipment decisions – some of them surprisingly simple and inexpensive, can improve your overall experience.

Here are ten.  We’d welcome additional suggestions from you.

 Lightweight, folding chair — The civilized way to get boots on and off. Avoid camping chairs that place you too close to the ground. Opt for a full size unit. If the parking lot is messy, use a plastic mat for protection.

Camp Chair
For Parking Lot Booting Up

Small, flat plastic water bottle – It’s one of the most practical items. Wearable hydration systems may be good for backcountry, but overkill for resort skiing. Conventional bottles are bulky. Most camping outfitters carry 12 oz plastic bottles with a nozzle cap. Just a few dollars; fits flat in your parka pocket.

Fat rockers – Reverse camber skis with a soft tip are ideal for getting around most mountains. Unlike other designs they require less effort to turn and tend to float on powder and crud. Their energy efficiency adds hours to the day. The trick is in the reverse camber —  you’re turning a much smaller portion of the ski than with other designs. Don’t take them out on boilerplate, and be patient if you need to negotiate long, flat connector trails, They’re not easy to skate.

Fat Rocker Ski
Fat Rockers Have Captured The Imagination Of Powder Hounds

Glove liners –In addition to warmth, they protect hands when removing gloves. Wear them under a slightly overlarge glove or mitten. Easy to wash. The best cost about $20.

Plug-in boot warmers – Use them in the car on the way to the hill. They make it easier to get boots on and pre-warming is a nice way to start the day. Choose the style that works best with your car’s electrical system.

Custom boots – Pricey, but possibly the best ski investment you make. Custom foot beds. Custom foam liners. If you spend considerable time on the hill, you’ll understand.

Balaclava – Not the pastry, the snug-fitting head and face covering. On a cold day this adds comfort and takes away the sting. Opt for one with a poly— face section. Wash often. A great investment at around $25.

Accessories tote bag – One bag per skier for all small gear – goggles, powder cords, lip balm, gloves, warmers, etc. Choose one with a small zip pocket for your season’s pass(es). Under $50.

Prescription goggles – Glasses and skiing don’t mix. They fog. They break. A goggle that accommodates a prescription insert is a better alternative. Downsides: they tend to be pricey and may fog when you overheat. Contact lenses are a practical alternative.

Emergency Whistle – Most likely you’ll never need to use it, but a loud whistle is almost as good a cell phone if you get into trouble. Under $10.

Emergency Whistle
Piercingly Loud When You Need To Attract Attention

Helmet – Some longtime skiers still rely on knitwear. Helmets are warm, comfortable and protective. Yes, if you hit a tree at 40 mph, nothing will protect. But for the occasional brush with a branch or a slower fall, helmet is the way to go. Make sure it fits properly. Most skiers are happy with air vents and removable ear pieces for warm Spring days.

Full Visor Helmet From Osbe
Full Visor Helmet From Osbe

SweetTarts — Seriously, this roll candy helps overcome dry mouth in an instant.


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