Have fun on the slopes with the best ski equipment
Skiing requires a little more than just a pair of skis. There's a lot of necessary and helpful ski accessories for alpine skiing that you need before heading out to the mountains.
Skiing essentials include:
- Ski helmet
Ski helmets are a must when out on the slopes. Ski helmets are ultra lightweight, they have a warm lining and they'll protect your head against injuries. With good ventilation and plenty of adjustment possibilities, there's no reason you shouldn’t protect your head.
- Ski back protectors
Back protectors minimise the risk of spinal injuries after a fall. For both on-piste and off-piste riders as well as for jumping in the snow park, you'll need comfortable foam pads.
- Ski goggles
There's a wide range of snow glasses or goggles with different lenses available. Depending on their colour, they’re either lightening, contrast enhancing or darkening. In any case, ski goggles will protect against cold draghts, winds and harmful UV radiation. Plus, thanks to their flexible elastic cords, snow goggles from UVEX, Alpina, Julbo and Oakley will fit you comfortably, whether you wear them with or without a helmet.
- Ski boots
High-quality ski boots are both comfortable and provide a perfect fit. They also wick away moisture from the inside of the boots to the outside and they're waterproof. Alpine ski boots are different from ski touring boots and mountaineering boots because they typically have a removable liner and are adjustable.
- Ski poles
For some people they’re a big part of skiing, whilst others totally forego ski poles. However, they’re a must on flat passages and trails because of the deep snow. Lightweight and durable models with comfortable handles and hand straps are available in both carbon and aluminium. Some models are adjustable in length, while others have a fixed length.
- Ski boot bags
Ski boot bags are ideal for transporting ski boots. The bags fit perfectly to the size and shape of the ski boots and they have comfortable carry handles. All skiers who travel with their ski gear should have ski bags and ski boot bags since they’ll protect your high-quality ski gear from getting scratched and damaged.
- Ski wax (various types)
You won't get far skiing without ski wax. Depending on how important the perfect glide is for you, you can invest more or less time on the care and preparation of ski coatings. There are different types of waxes for different temperatures and snow textures, different scrapers, brushes and waxing irons. Some people prefer an all-round wax in a tube form, but if you're an ambitious skier, then you should get a professional selection of waxes.
- Ski tools
There are ski tools for use at home, which provide everything you need for adjustments and fittings. When you’re on the piste and on the move, then we recommend you have a small toolkit with the most important tools, such as a Phillips screwdriver and a regular screwdriver.
- Ski backpacks
Ski touring backpacks are most similar to mountaineering gear with regards to their volume and features. Ski backpacks for alpine skiers are usually smaller because you only need enough space for snacks, a water bottle and a change of clothes. Ski backpacks should be as compact and fit as close to your body as possible to ensure the weight can be carried close to your body. It also ensures that the backpack can't get in your way on ski lifts and gondolas. Ski backpacks don't need to be waterproof, but having either a rain cover as snow protection or a waterproof coating are strongly advisable.
- Ski clothes
Ski clothes are a must if you want to enjoy your day on the slopes. The most important things to have are waterproof ski trousers and a warm ski jacket. Ski underwear or merino base layers form the layer that directly comes into contact with your skin. Breathable fleece jumpers ensure a pleasant microclimate, and both ski gloves and ski socks are very important for comfort whilst skiing, so you should definitely invest in some. In addition, whether or not you wear a helmet, a ski beanie is a must because it’ll keep your head warm when you're not on the move. In extremely low temperatures and snow storms, balaclavas can prevent your face from freezing.