OPEN­ING DAY ES­SEN­TIALS

Open­ing Day

Transworld Snowboarding - - CON­TENTS - WORDS TYLER MA­CLEOD

Pulling into the park­ing lot on Open­ing Day is the mo­ment we’ve been wait­ing for. From first chair to last call, good times are aplenty. Whether you’re tak­ing hot laps to shake the early sea­son rust or hang­ing by the tail­gate soak­ing in the vibes, here’s a roundup of es­sen­tials to help kick the win­ter off right.

[1 ] BUR­TON

HELINOX (CHAIR: $120, TA­BLE: $130)

Af­ter a long day dust­ing off the cob­webs, or per­haps par­tak­ing in some cel­e­bra­tory bev­er­ages, all you want to do is sit down and bask in the glory of the sea­son ahead. That gets a lit­tle tough when the tail­gate only al­lows for a cou­ple rear ends. And while none of us are above stretch­ing out on the pavement, it sure is nice to have a com­pact and com­fort­able chair like the Bur­ton Helinox at your dis­posal.

[2] MIZU

V5 ($16)

You’re gonna want some­thing hot on the drive up and cool in the af­ter­noon. There’s bound to be a keg rolling out of the bed of a truck, and while you could re­sort to bring­ing one of the sus­pect Solo cups off the beer-en­crusted pong ta­ble in your garage, it’s prob­a­bly bet­ter for the health of your­self and the en­vi­ron­ment to come pre­pared. Might as well rinse your morn­ing cof­fee cup and fill up. The V5 does dou­ble duty.

[3] DAKINE

PARTY PACK ($70)

Sure, you could toss a sixer into your ev­ery­day pack, but who wants to cel­e­brate the first day of the sea­son with luke­warm bev­er­ages? The Party Pack lets you can keep ev­ery­thing re­fresh­ing thanks to its large in­su­lated cooler com­part­ment, while also en­sur­ing nec­es­sary party sup­plies re­main dry in the up­per por­tion of the pack. With fea­tures like in­te­grated koozies and a bot­tle opener, this pack is sure to make you the life of the party and the envy of those in at­ten­dance.

[4 ] ADI­DAS

SLOPETROT­TER ($80)

Com­bat early sea­son stiff­ness with a loose pair of pants. A trendy, track­in­spired piece that won’t break the bank, the Slopetrot­ters blend fashion and func­tion per­fect for the first day on-hill. Not only do they pack into their own pocket when it’s time for that first post-ses­sion hot tub soak, the Slopetrot­ters also boast re­in­forced con­struc­tion for sea­son-long dura­bil­ity and a 5K water­proof rat­ing to of­fer up a bit of re­as­sur­ance if the weather turns.

[5 ] K2

EIGHTY SEVEN ($480)

Con­di­tions on day one are sure to be vari­able. There’s usu­ally a park setup that’s slightly soft for about an hour, some icy side­hits, and plenty of ob­sta­cles to ol­lie. You want a board that can max­i­mize the fun in all of this. With a pos­i­tive cam­ber pro­file be­neath your feet, early-rise in the tip and tail, and a surfy shape, the Eighty Seven en­sures am­ple en­joy­ment out of ev­ery early sea­son sit­u­a­tion and in the pow when it fi­nally falls.

[6] TRAEGER

SCOUT (300)

If you don’t grill, was it even Open­ing Day? The Scout com­bines all the func­tion­al­ity of a tra­di­tion­ally-sized Traeger, in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple tem­per­a­ture set­tings, a meat probe for easy mon­i­tor­ing, and of course, their sig­na­ture pow­der-coated steel con­struc­tion, all wrapped up in a portable, tail­gate-ready pack­age. It’s the per­fect way to bring your back­yard BBQ skills to go while en­sur­ing you taste­fully kick off the win­ter ahead.

[7] DC

SHEL­TER ($35)

Early win­ter weather is un­pre­dictable. Some ses­sions don’t de­mand tech­ni­cal out­er­wear, and oth­ers do. But if Old Man Win­ter makes a guest ap­pear­ance at your re­sort, you’ll be wish­ing you had some­thing with a bit of warmth and a re­spectable amount of wa­ter­proof­ing. This makes DC’s Shel­ter mitt an early sea­son go-to. With min­i­mal in­su­la­tion and 10K wa­ter­proof­ing, your hands won’t over­heat when it’s warm, and you’ll still have plenty of pro­tec­tion when win­ter weather shows up.

[8] O’NEILL

TECH SHIELD ($80)

Of­fer­ing all-sea­son ver­sa­til­ity and clean styling func­tional ev­ery­where from the hill to the bar, this hoodie is the per­fect com­pan­ion for early sea­son laps, morn­ing drives, and late-day loung­ing. Whether it stands alone on a sunny park day or serves as an in­su­la­tor for stormy freerid­ing, its slim fit wears well un­der a shell, and an in­te­grated neck gaiter pro­tects you from the el­e­ments. This ev­ery­day piece is as tech­ni­cal as it is ca­sual.

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