Milto's TOP SEVEN Ski Gear Essentials
GOOD BOOTS. You MUST have boots that fit really well.
Boots are the most important item and the hardest to replace. If you're
flying, take them as carry-on. My favourite is a custom foam Sidas
Saloman (try Last Run in Jindabyne
for boots and expert fitting).
DOWN JACKET. I have been known to wear my down
insulated jacket from Mont Adventure Equipment
skiing when it's really cold. I always wear it to warm up afterward and
for venturing out at night.
HELMET. This could save your life. After years of ski
racing, I feel naked without my Uvex helmet plus it keeps my head warm
and I can shove my phone up inside it for impromptu hands-free chats.
Wear one, even if you're just out skiing for fun and make your kids
wear them too.
SIX PAIRS OF SKIS! I need to be prepared for all
conditions. I have long straight skis for going fast, short short curvy
ones and a couple of big fat powder skis in case the snow is nice and
ZIP LOCK BAG for the mobile phone. Put your phone
inside it. You can still use it, talk and hear and, when you
accidentally drop it in the snow, it won't get wet. Phones are a good
safety measure in the mountains and these days you can use all sorts of
apps to track your day, locate runs, even find your friends.
BIKE. I don't go anywhere without my bike. If the
weather turns nasty, I can head down the mountain and go for a ride.
FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE CAR. I lllooovvveee my
Kluger. Goes anywhere, has heaps of space for all my gear and it's
perfect for back-country skiing. But, most important, you don't need
chains. I have spent many winters lying in the mud and snow under a car
putting chains on with freezing cold hands (you can't put chains on
wearing gloves) so later this morning I will drive past those chain
bays on the way up to Thredbo and cheer from the warmth and comfort of