Featured Hacks...or, what makes skiing easier?

Discussion in 'General Skiing' started by Andy Mink, Oct 6, 2018.

  1. Andy Mink

    Andy Mink I am a half fast skier. Moderator

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    As I get into my 3rd year as a returning skier, many things have changed. Obviously, the skis and boots themselves are a huge step forward in helping me enjoy myself on the slopes. What are your favorite helpful hacks/ideas/processes that make life easier getting to, on, and returning from the slopes?

    My number one so far? My boot bag. It just makes things so much simpler to get out the door.
     
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  2. SpikeDog

    SpikeDog You want Big Air, kid? Skier

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    Phone warmer. On very cold days my phone will die, killing my SkiTracks app as well as usual communication. I put a hand warmer in a Crown Royal bag, then put the phone and the warmer bag in another Crown Royal bag. The whole thing goes in my chest pocket. I usually add a small Burton battery in the warm bag so I can recharge my phone and Sony MP3 player at lunch. I've made it through below zero days with this setup.

    Other hacks include:
    Mountain Collective Pass
    full side zip pants for booting up in the parking lot without taking your shoes off in the mud
    folding chair for apre ski in the parking lot
    always buy a car with a rear seat folding down so you can stash skis in the trunk
    learn to tune your own skis
    learn to mount your own bindings
    learn how to heat and install Intuition liners at home
    join Pugski
     
  3. slowrider

    slowrider Out on the slopes Skier

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    Boot heaters. Those new snug fitting 130 flex boots are only going on or off when pliable.
     
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  4. François Pugh

    François Pugh Out on the slopes Skier

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    Well fitted and aligned ski boots.
    Good high quality ski wear.
    Good skis suited for conditions.
    Snow tires.
    Warm mittens.
     
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  5. RuleMiHa

    RuleMiHa Getting off the lift Skier

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    Magnetic Face Mask
    Heated boot bag
    Hotronic boot heaters
    Heated gloves
    Cat Tracks
     
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  6. Sibhusky

    Sibhusky Out on the slopes Skier

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    My locker.
     
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  7. LiquidFeet

    LiquidFeet Out on the slopes Instructor

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    Magnetic face mask???
     
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  8. dbostedo

    dbostedo Asst. Gathermeister--Big Sky Team Gathermeister

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  9. RuleMiHa

    RuleMiHa Getting off the lift Skier

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    I have the Anon magnetic face mask and Seirus has a magnamask that detaches and unhinges. The anon is supposed to magnetically attach to anon goggles but I just put some magnets on the bottom of my preferred goggles and it works fine.
     
  10. Nancy Hummel

    Nancy Hummel Ski more, talk less. Instructor

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    Become an instructor. Pass, clinics, pro deals, locker and a huge network of ski friends.
     
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  11. KingGrump

    KingGrump Most Interesting Man In The World Team Gathermeister

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    Gravity.
     
  12. Jilly

    Jilly Lead Cougar Skier

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    Boot warmers
    Electric mitts
    Helmet - for warmth, protection is a bonus!
    Googles and helmet that work together, so no leaks
    Wind stopper buff
    Flask
     
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  13. HDSkiing

    HDSkiing SUCK—At The Highest Level Skier

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    This!
     
  14. NE1

    NE1 Booting up Skier

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    - Anon magnetic quick-change lenses! No more wrestling with goggle frames, thumbprints, etc.
    - Easy on silicone boot spray.
    - Tuning all skis to 1-3; no more fussing about which file holders to use.
    - Quick light de-burring/tune after every ski day makes life much easier.
    - Always separating and drying skis immediately on arrival home.
    - Never ever leaving wet skis in ski bag.

    Wish someone would bring back a forward-aft adjustable binding like the old Atomics; would definitely make my list!
     
  15. Viking9

    Viking9 Getting on the lift Skier

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    Independent Leg Action.
     
  16. Jilly

    Jilly Lead Cougar Skier

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    Ummm. am I the only one with a flask?
     
  17. Bad Bob

    Bad Bob old n' slow Skier

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    An understanding wife, and cold beer.
     
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  18. Blue Streak

    Blue Streak Behind the Epic Curtain Skier

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    You’d definitely fit in out here.
     
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  19. David Chaus

    David Chaus Winter....winter is calling, can you hear it? Skier

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    Properly fitted, aligned and canted boots.
    Heated gloves and heated socks.
    Helmet liner, or wool midlayer with a hoodie to keep my head and especially ears warm.
    Flexible hydration bottle. Call it a flask, depending upon what you fill it with. I use water.
     
  20. Tricia

    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    Definitely a big break out for me was the year I taught skiing.
    Having multiple passes, taking clinics and having a great network of friends makes all of this incredible.

    Not a new hack but one of the best.
     
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