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22 Dec 2023

The Ultimate Ski and Snowboard Gear Guide: Must-Haves for a Perfect Winter Adventure

The Ultimate Ski and Snowboard Gear Guide: Must-Haves for a Perfect Winter Adventure

With the skiing and snowboarding season upon us, it’s time to start discussing the latest and greatest gear! Whether you're a seasoned snow shredder or a first-time adventurer, gearing up for the snowy season is always an exciting experience. The right equipment can make or break your winter adventure, so we've put together the ultimate guide to help you navigate the world of ski and snowboard gear. From boots that fit like a dream to top-notch skis and snowboards, at Westside we've got you covered!


Let us take the guesswork out of choosing the best skiing and snowboarding gear by walking you through the must-haves from the top brands. With the right snowboard and ski gear you can hit the slopes and glide gracefully this winter! 

Proper Fitting Boots: Step Into Comfort and Control

Let's kick things off with one of the most crucial aspects of your gear – the boots. A comfortable and well-fitting pair of boots can be the difference between conquering the slopes and spending the day in discomfort.


Nordica - Promachine 120 GW 2024 Boots


When it comes to ski boots, it's worth the trip to the store. Brands like Nordica and Blizzard offer a variety of options designed to cater to different foot shapes and skiing styles. Nordica, in particular, is renowned for its precision fit and performance, ensuring you have the control you need on the mountain. Blizzard, on the other hand, brings a perfect blend of comfort and performance.


K2 Orton Black 2024 Boots


For those embracing the snowboard life, K2 has got your back. Their women's snowboard boots are crafted with a focus on fit and functionality, providing the support you need to carve through the powder. Remember, taking the time to try on boots in-store ensures a snug fit and optimal performance, so don't shy away from a little in-person shopping.


The bottom line with both ski and snowboard boots is that you need to find something that satisfies both your need for comfort and stability. What works great for one skier or boarder might not work for another! At Westside, we truly believe that you NEED to visit us in-store. Unless you already know what you want and have previously tried them on, it’s worth it to come in store to ensure you’re fitted by an expert. 

Skis and Snowboards: Carve Your Path with Confidence

Blizzard RUSTLER 10 FLAT BLACK 2024

Blizzard Thunderbird R15 Skis


Now that your feet are comfortably nestled in the right boots, let's talk about the stars of the show – skis and snowboards. For the skiers out there, Blizzard and Nordica offer an array of high-performance skis suitable for various skill levels. Blizzard, known for its cutting-edge technology, delivers skis that are both responsive and versatile, making them an excellent choice for any slope.


K2 Passport Unisex 2024 Snowboard


Snowboarders, say hello to K2 – a brand synonymous with quality and innovation. K2's snowboards are crafted with precision and style, ensuring you'll turn heads on the mountain. The beauty of K2's offerings is their versatility, catering to everyone from beginners to seasoned riders. And, with unisex options they’re versatile and a great investment that can be resold or passed on when you’re done with it! 

Bindings: Marker – Where Performance Meets Precision

Marker Bindings for Skis


Bindings might seem like a small detail, but they play a pivotal role in connecting you to your skis or snowboard. When it comes to reliability and precision, Marker is a go-to brand for skiers. Known for their cutting-edge binding technology, Marker bindings offer the perfect blend of security and responsiveness. Make sure to choose bindings that match your skill level and riding style for an optimal experience on the slopes. And, don’t forget to visit a reputable ski and snowboard shop to have them installed. Skis and snowboards alone are expensive, so it goes without saying that it’s important to enlist the help of a trusted shop with experts like our service team at Westside

Goggles: See Clearly, Ride Confidently

POC Nexal Clarity Comp+ Goggles


No winter adventure is complete without a reliable pair of goggles. Whether you're battling the sun's glare or navigating through a snowstorm, having clear vision is essential. Stick to the brands you can trust, such as Giro and POC. Their goggles are designed to provide crystal-clear optics, anti-fog technology, and UV protection, ensuring you see the mountain in all its glory. Not only that but they have a variety of cool styles with coloured lenses that’ll have you hitting the slopes in style!

Helmets: Safety First with Giro and POC


Giro Avera Mips Helmet


Safety on the slopes is paramount, and a good helmet is non-negotiable. Giro and POC are two brands that prioritize both safety and style. Giro helmets boast cutting-edge technology for impact protection and ventilation, while POC combines innovation with a sleek design. Investing in a quality helmet not only safeguards your noggin but also adds an extra layer of confidence to your winter adventures.


Gearing Up for the Great White North: Canada Winter Gear

For those venturing into the Canadian winter wonderland, specific gear is essential to tackle the colder temperatures and diverse terrain. Look for gear designed for extreme conditions, with insulation and waterproofing as top priorities. Brands like Scott, Orage, and Columbia offer specialized gear designed to withstand the Canadian chill.

Final Thoughts

All in all, the key to a perfect winter adventure lies in the right gear. Whether you're tearing down the slopes on skis or cruising through the snow on a snowboard, investing in quality equipment is a game-changer. Blizzard, Nordica, K2, Marker, Giro, and POC are brands that have earned their stripes in the world of winter sports gear, ensuring you're well-equipped for whatever the mountain throws your way.


So, gear up, hit the slopes, and let the winter adventures begin! Whether you're a seasoned pro or a first-timer, the right gear will elevate your experience and make every moment on the mountain unforgettable. Happy shredding!

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