OPENING DAY ESSENTIALS
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.