Don’t get stuck in the parking lot without your gloves!
It’s the worst feeling ever. Imagine this… you are insanely stoked on a quick weekend getaway to the local mountains. You are so looking forward to escaping your work life for some play time in the snow. Everything is loaded in the car. Just as you are about to enter the freeway out of town you think, “Did I forget something?”. This snowboard packlist will help!
It happens all the time: you arrive at the mountain and begin dressing for the cold, only to realize you’ve left an essential piece of gear back at the room. Or worse yet, back in your garage. Your buddies groan as they begrudgingly agree to wait for you to run to the pro shop to buy a grossly overpriced pair of socks. Don’t let this happen to you!
The most basic snowboard gear you can’t ride without
Snowboard Packlist – Riding
- Your board, duh! Not sure what you need?
- Bindings. Here’s a handy buyers guide.
- Ski or Snowboard boots, liners and insole.
- Snowboard or ski-specific socks: Thin socks are actually warmer believe it or not as they don’t soak up as much sweat which makes your feet cold! Take 1 pair for each day on the mountain (There’s nothing worse than yesterday’s socks!). We are big fans of Le Bent Lite Merino wool snow socks.
- Synthetic or merino wool base layer pants: Depending on temperature a mid-weight moisture wicking or Merino wool pair of leggings. We are big fans of Patagonia base layers and Mons Royale Merino wool thermals. Avoid cotton at all costs – cotton will soal your sweat and stay wet and cold all day.
- Synthetic or merino wool base layer top: Something high on the neck and long enough to tuck into your pants – Again, we recommend Patagonia or Mons Royale
- Mid layer pants depending on weather, like a this cozy pair of above-theski-boot merion wool sweats. If you are going somewhere REALLY cold like Hokkaido in Japan, we highly recommend investing in a pair or down pants to wear under your outerwear.
- Mid layer top: A puffy down jacket or a warm hoodie/fleece. Our absolute favourite mid-layer is the Patagonia Nano hoodie. It is incredibly warm and breathable.
- Outerwear – pants: We are loving these Gwen Stefani inspired street culture pants by Burton.
- Outerwear – jacket: Let your style shine!
- Gloves – Mitts are warmer than individual finger gloves.
- Neck and face protection such as a balaclava or infinity scarf.
- Goggles. These SunGod googles have a lifetime warranty and you can use our discount code for a great deal.
- Helmet: I like the kind with built in bluetooth.
- Lip Balm: Chapstick or natural-based SPF lip balm
- Sunscreen: You can get seriously burnt skin in the snow! Carry some zinc-based natural sunscreen with you. A small tub like Surf Yogis (code STILLSTOKED2019 will get you 15% off), or Surf Mud is a great option for your nose and lips.
- ID, Money, Cell Phone, Insurance Card.
- Put your keys in a ZIPPING pocket and remember which one it was in!
A couple of other not-quiet-essentials but still very useful to carry items:
A few other items you may want to add to your snowboard packlist:
Wax, tuning tool, power bar, extra mid layers (top and bottom), extra gloves, extra socks, sunglasses, sunscreen and if you are staying overnight, a bikini for the jacuzzi. Comfortable slippers such as a pair of Uggs to change into as soon as you come off the mountain.
So the next time you get ahead of yourself with stoke, do yourself a favor, run through this very helpful snowboard packlist before you load up the car. Have so much fun!