Comfortable Women’s Ski Boots – Rossignol Electra Pro

I’ve considered myself a snowboarder for the last 15 years.  When I started working at a ski resort last year only to be informed that I would not only be teaching snowboarding but skiing as well; I was a little hesitant to trade out my cushy snowboard boots for rigid plastic ski boots.

I endured several weeks of gnarly blisters and moleskin before I decided there must be a better way. That’s when I came across my Rossignol Electra Pro boots.

Electra Pro Rossignol Ski Boot
Electra Pro Rossignol Ski Boot

These boots are comfy enough to make any snowboarder think twice about scoffing at putting on ski boots.

Key Features:

  • High performance women’s ski boots that offer comfort without sacrificing power and feel.
  • Compatible with both Alpine and “AT” (Apline Touring) bindings
  • Rich, great fitting liners, made to deliver the highest performance combined with an amazing out-of-the-box fit for aggressive and expert women skiers.
  • Engineered with F.I.T. (feminine Intuitive Technology) which incorporates a true women’s upper cuff which is lower than a unisex boot to accomodate a woman’s calf muscle.
  • Gecko rubber soles for extra grip while hiking for those extra turns and cruising around the lodge decks.

Highlights:

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  • Compatible with Alpine and AT bindings
  • Price range: $529.95 – $530.00

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These boots made for a great season and happy feet. They proved to be very durable and I should be able to enjoy them for many seasons to come.

Women’s Hardshell – Arcteryx Scarabee Jacket

I recently purchased the Arcteryx Scarabee jacket as a hardshell layer for skiing and snowboarding. I’ve been on a search for a great jacket for several years and so far have been very happy with the way this jacket fits and performs.

Women's Arcteryx Scarabee Jacket
Women’s Arcteryx Scarabee Jacket in “Volcano”

Key Features:

  • Made with Gore-tex Softshell fabric which has been engineered to pass the mostaggressive rain tests while still being soft to the touch and maintaining comfort and freedom of movement.
  • Adjustable powder skirt
  • Invisible Recco reflector rescue system
  • Helmet compatible stowable hood
  • Lots of easily accesible pockets with watertight zippers
  • Women’s specific design with a flattering fit and a longer torso

The first thing most people see with a technical hardshell is the price tag. Most hardshells seem to range anywhere from $200 to $600 dollars. I suppose this is what long deterred me from purchasing a hardshell, however after looking into all of the options I think investing in a hardshell is well worth it.

Hardshells are much more versatile than your average insulated ski/board jacket.

  • Quality of the fabric, seams, and zippers are unmatched which not only will keep you dry but also protect everything you want to bring with you on the mountain. It’s no fun to get home from a long day on the mountain to find your camera or phone completely waterlogged.
  • Gore-tex fabrics are engineered to be breathable so not only do they keep the water out they allow you to breathe and keep the sweat off your back which is key when your working hard at the resort or hiking a line in the back country.
  • The most obvious benefit is that the shell can be worn alone or easily layered for a variety of conditions. The Scarabee jacket provides full protection from wind and water on its own and for your average day at the resort you won’t need much more than a solid baselayer to keep you warm. For those extra cold days add a fleece or a light down liner and you will be good to go without adding too much bulk.

Highlights:

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  • Waterproof and very flexible
  • Price range: $299 – $329.97

Where to buy?

With all of the rain we have been receiving in Southern California I have also found that my Scarabee jacket makes the most stylish and functional rain jacket yet!

Great medium priced ski goggles – Anon Helix

I picked up a pair of Anon Helix Ski Goggles recently and tested them on my first snowboard trip this season over Thanksgiving at Mammoth Mountain in California. The goggles are comfortable to wear and are reasonably priced around $50. Some of the other brands I considered (Oakley, Dragon and Electric) all had similar models at a slighter higher price.

One thing that I do not like at the Anon Helix ski goggles is the reflection in between the two lenses. So far I have only noticed those with the mirrored pair of lenses. I need to check out the extra pair of lenses (orange) that came with it to find out if the reflection only happens with the mirrored lenses.

Anon Helix Ski Goggles
Anon Helix Ski Goggles

Key Features:

  • Injection-molded lenses allow clear, undistorted views of scenery and terrain; Shield Technology™ lends superior resistance to scratching
  • Channeled top venting optimizes airflow
  • Air Mesh Ventilation™ system provides unrestricted breath-ability and repels snow and water
  • Plush Fit™ face foam conforms to face contours and provides a soft, comfortable seal against the elements
  • Antifog treatment combats lens fogging, delivering clear vision in changing weather conditions; dual lens venting helps keep fog from building up
  • Amber lens color is made for partly cloudy to flat light conditions and is the most versatile color available

Highlights:

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  • Inexpensive and comfortable
  • Price range: $34.95 – $78.53

Where to buy?

Anon Optics is a subsidiary of Burton Snowboards. So all-in-all a solid pair of goggles in the medium price range.

Best long underwear – Hot Chillys

Get ready for the ski season with a pair of Hot Chillys!

These are the most comfortable and effective long underwear I have tried. Their four-way stretch won’t hinder your mobility, they are as toasty as the name suggests, and have proven to be very breatheable as well as durable.

One might hesitate when looking at the pricetag, and believe me I have test driven plenty of cheaper pairs and alternatives, however none has proven as effective as my chillys. Dana swears she has had one of her pairs for 7 seasons and often wears them as leggings for apres ski outfits, when they are that functional and last that long they are an awesome value!

Hot Chillys
Hot Chillys

Key Features:

 

  • Material: Polyester; Bio-Silver antimicrobial yarns to help control odor
  • Elastic closure
  • Fabric is lightly sanded on the inside for added softness, comfort and warmth
  • UPF rating of 30+, Warmth Factor = 8
  • Anatomical body fit design for freedom of movement and added support to help reduce fatigue
  • Flat seam construction for seam strength and to eliminate abrasion

Highlights:

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  • Super elastic, warm and comfortable
  • Price range: $39.99 – 69.95

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