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Powder Play

When the Blue Sky Basin snow-stake cam promises a bounty of powder, investing in a few essentials—goggles to cut the glare or amplify flat light, warm hands, comfy boots, and a demo ski that’s dialed for the conditions—can make your day.

February 1, 2016 Published in the Midwinter/Spring 2016 issue of Vail-Beaver Creek Magazine

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Put a Lid On It

POC’s frameless Lid gog provides an unobstructed view to enhance peripheral vision when skiing trees on the Divide. $200, Eye Pieces of Vail Goggle Bar, Top of Bridge Street, Vail Village, 970-476-5775


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Rock the Boot

The hinged rocker soles of Rossignol’s Alltrack Pro make walking less of a trudge, whether you’re strolling along Bridge Street or romping around Belle’s Camp. $550, Pepi Sports, 231 Bridge St., Vail Village, 970-476-5206



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Razor Sharp

Arc’teryx’s Sabre pant for guys is waterproof (thanks, Gore-Tex!) and lightly insulated to banish the chill, with integrated powder cuffs that keep the white stuff out of your boots and even fit over snowboard highbacks. $449, Arc’teryx, 675 Lionshead Place, Lionshead, 970-477-5743










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Heli of a Glove

One of the warmest ski gloves we’ve ever tested, Hestra’s best-selling Army Leather Heli Ski would be the envy of a 10th Mountain Division vet—especially when updated with a removable electrically heated liner to debut next season. $140, Vail Sports, 492 E. Lionshead Place, Lionshead, 970-476-3600



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Super ski

Skiing Magazine’s testers hail Rossignol’s Super 7 as a benchmark powder ski that “dices up the deep stuff.” Demo this ski when tackling Steep and Deep. For the ladies: Give K2’s Remedy a try. $85 (demo), Bridge Street Skihaus, Top of Bridge Street, Vail Village, 970-476-3332






















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She Shell

The women’s Gore-Tex Sentinel was made for adventures in the snow, with watertight pit zips for ventilation on warm spring days and a felt-lined, helmet-compatible storm hood to keep the squalls at bay. $575, Arc’teryx








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Uvex’s  futuristic Variotronic Snowstrike gog has a liquid-crystal smart lens that automatically adapts to changing light conditions in the blink of an eye. $600, Eye Pieces of Vail Goggle Bar

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Heli She

The three-fingered gal’s version of Hestra’s Heli Ski glove keeps fingers toasty even when the wind is howling on the Skyline Express. $140, Beaver Creek Sports, 111 Beaver Creek Plaza, Beaver Creek Village, 970-754-5400






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The moldable shell of Salomon’s XMAX makes this boot fit like a glove, especially when tricked out with custom orthotics by Mike “Dr. Boot” Davenport. $550  (+$199 for custom orthotics), Pepi Sports

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