Ski Trip Es­sen­tials

Be­fore you head out onto the slopes this sea­son, take a look around. Is it time to up­date or up­grade your tools and toys? If you’re game, check out DRIFT magazine’s top 5 must have ski and snow­board prod­ucts for 2018.

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The per­fect hard body, ultra padded and TSA ap­proved lock­ing case is the only one to travel with! Expandable from 42”-72” so it will hold 2 snow­boards with boots and bind­ings or one snow­board and one pair or skis or 3 pairs of adult skis with poles, or 2 adult/2 kids skis with poles. It pro­tects your gear and saves you time, money and peace of mind at the air­port!


This is noth­ing like your HERO4. The new HERO5 takes ac­tion shots to a whole new strato­sphere with hands­free voice con­trol, ad­vanced video sta­bi­liza­tion, and a 2” touch dis­play for easy play­back and edit­ing right on the de­vice. No need to leave the slopes to cap­ture, edit and view awe­some video.


Touted as the best ski/snow­board watch on the mar­ket, it is def­i­nitely our pick! The Fenix 5 watch from Garmin has an au­to­matic run counter with auto pause while you are on your way back up the moun­tain. This in­tel­li­gent watch also records your speed, dis­tance and ver­ti­cal drop data. In­vest in the op­tional fab­ric strap that let’s you wear the watch over your jacket cuff.


Ideally de­signed for pow­der, the in­ge­nious grip has been ex­tended to 43cm to as­sist in ski ma­neu­vers. Straps have a quick re­lease mech­a­nism and the poles are ultra light­weight ready to han­dle any moun­tain.


A short, sup­ple and close-fit­ting ski glove with durable Army leather in the palm and cowhide on the back of the hand. Built with Ergo Grip con­struc­tion pro­vid­ing great grip and dex­ter­ity. hes­tra­

When Vail started run­ning lifts in 1962, open­ing 7 leg­endary back bowls and Blue Sky Basin were still just blue­prints and a dream. Decades later, Vail con­tin­ues to push the lim­its on im­prov­ing lifts, gon­do­las, on-moun­tain fa­cil­i­ties, events, and help­ing to fos­ter a dy­namic town ex­pe­ri­ence. At the base of the moun­tain, Vail vil­lage is time­less and vi­brant with an ex­cel­lent culi­nary and great shop­ping.

Known for that light and fluffy Colorado pow­der, Vail also boasts the most groomed ter­rain on the planet. From the front side to the back bowls, there is in­ter­me­di­ate-friendly ter­rain off of ev­ery lift, while ex­perts can chal­lenge them­selves on iconic runs and glades.

New this year, Vail re­placed Sun Up Ex­press lift (#9) with a 4-pas­sen­ger chair.

Sit­u­ated in the south-west­ern part of Switzer­land, Ver­bier is bordered by France to the west and Italy to the south. Dur­ing the win­ter, Ver­bier be­comes a skiers par­adise. Ver­bier forms part of the ‘Four Val­leys’ ski area - the four val­leys be­ing Ver­bier, Thyon, Veyson­naz and Nen­daz.

Home of the Xtreme Ver­bier - the fi­nal stop on the Freeride World Tour. The most pres­ti­gious ex­treme ski­ing and snow­board­ing con­test is held in Ver­bier on the fa­mous Bec des Rosses moun­tain ev­ery March.

Ver­bier boasts some of the best après ski nightlife in the Swiss Alps. Cas­bah Club and Club Taratata play techno mu­sic, for a younger crowd while The Farm Club in the Ho­tel Ne­vai caters to a more so­phis­ti­cated clien­tele.

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