Instead of photos, let me mark the trips with a short report on some of my favorite gear.
Top of my list in terms of keeping me safe is my helmet. It is comfortable and warm. I wouldn’t ski without it.
From now on, a helmet will be worn any time ski boots are on my feet due to the embarrassing fact that my worst fall of the season took place in the ladies room at lodge at the base of the Birds of Prey lift at Beaver Creek.
I keep a second helmet in Colorado so that it doesn’t get bashed by the airlines.
Top of the list in terms of interest from ski lift companions is my smartphone dry bag. I keep the lanyard clipped inside my jacket pocket. In a pinch, I can operate the phone right through the bag. Mostly I slide it out for use.
Pros: Keeps the phone dry and attached to me.
Cons: No headset jack. Break-away lanyard may be fine for wearing about the neck. For my uses attached to my coat pocket, I had to tie it together more firmly.
SmartWool PhD Ski Socks are a must-have for a great day of skiing. Yes, its crazy to spend that much on socks. But it’s less than custom boots.
I love my new ski coat. One of my favorite things about the jacket is the slim pocket on the left arm. Great for holding my ski pass! Not so good for holding reading glasses as the glasses snapped and if you look close at the pic above it looks like my arm bone snapped too!