Top 10 Gear for Jackson Hole
Sure, skills matter, but the right gear is key to elevating your game at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The retail experts at JH Sports and Teton Village Sports offered their Top 10 gear list for Winter 2012-2013. These models and more are stocked at JH Sports and Teton Village Sports in Teton Village.
The most important factor in skiing may surprise you. It's a professionally fit boot.
Fischer Vacuum Boot with a DFP PI Insole:
JH Sports recommends the Fischer Vacuum Boot with DFP PI Insole. Fischer introduced its heat-moldable Vacuum Fit technology last year and instantly became a worldwide sensation. Skiers and retailers agreed: Fischer’s 100% guaranteed fit was the real deal. Vacu-Plast offers complete anatomical adjustment, meaning every boot is custom fit to a degree never reached before – in only 20 minutes! This year, Fischer has topped itself by expanding the Vacuum Fit concept to include more widths and models, making it the perfect boot for the full spectrum of skiers. Available at JH Sports
Lange Rx130 (Men) and Rx100 (Women):
The Lange Rx130 for Men combines the performance and flex of Lange’s highly popular RS series with all-mountain comfort. A new Cam-Lock power strap enhances performance while the Ultra Grip soles offer additional grip while walking. The Lange Rx100 for Women boosts performance while remaining very comfortable. Available in two different last widths (97 and 100 mm), a perfect fit is guaranteed. Available at Teton Village Sports.
Talk to a sales associate about your style of skiing and together, find the best suited to you. Demoing to own also helps you find your perfect ride.
K2 Coomback Ski:
JH Sports’ top ski pick is the K2 Coomback Ski. Designed in celebration of Jackson Hole legend Doug Coombs, the Coomback boasts a 102mm waist and All-Terrain Rocker tip, which creates, according to K2, “a balance between float and agility” and offers “versatility and ease in all snow conditions.”
Volkl Gotama and Kiku Skis:
For years now, every major ski magazine has conferred the big mountain ski crown on the Volkl Men’s Gotama and Women’s Kiku. With a waist of 107mm and an early rise profile, the Gotama and Kiku models amp up any soft-snow experience and even handle hard pack well thanks to their stiffer construction and full-wood core. Both skis are the perfect combo of float and edge grip. If you want a ski that does everything well and considers itself at home in big mountain terrain like Jackson Hole, look no further than the Gotama and Kiku. These are go-anywhere, do-anything skis. Available at Teton Village Sports.
A sales associate can suss out your style of riding and the board that best suits.
The Burton Nug is guaranteed to “out-tweak, out-maneuver, and out-spin your normal board due to a complete retooling of shape, flex, and effective edge,” Burton.com contends. “Continuous rocker only adds to the addictive nature of this exotic freestyle subspecies.” Available at Hole in the Wall Board Shop.
4) Warm Base Layers
In the world of winter sports, layering well is critical to performing well. When choosing a base layer from the many different wool or synthetic options, focus on comfort. Iron-charged layers minimize smell, while merino wool garments are machine washable.
JH Sports recommends Smartwool or Patagonia Capilene. Teton Village Sports likes Icebreaker base layers. Made from merino wool, Icebreaker tops and bottoms are incredibly breathable, plus they don’t itch and they block odors. Available in three different thicknesses, Icebreaker pieces, when layered together, act as one to keep the body dry and warm.
5) Versatile Mid Layers
New technology in mid layers helps regulate body temperature. Mid layers range from down or micro-fiber puff jackets to thinner wool or fleece coats; what you need depends on weather and your internal temp.
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Jacket
The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Jacket, winner of the National Geographic 2012 Gear of the Year Award, offers macro-warmth for micro-weight. “The lightest full-featured down jacket anywhere,” according to MountainHardwear.com. “The sub-eight-ounce Ghost Whisperer Down is pared down to perfect essentials: 850-fill goose down, zip-pockets and a cinch hem.” Available at JH Sports.
6) Powerhouse Jacket
Look for a jacket that is waterproof, breathable and wind resistant.
Arc’teryx Rush and Sentinel Jackets:
Arc’teryx sets the standard for bombproof hard shell outwear. The Men’s Rush Jacket is completely waterproof and windproof, making it ready for any type of winter weather, “from the biggest storm days to cold and clear bluebird mornings,” Arcteryx.com boasts. “This jacket strategically combines two different GORE-TEX® Pro Shell 3L fabrics to provide durability in high abrasion areas and wearable comfort elsewhere. A perfect match for any skier looking for adventure in and out of bounds.” The same can be said of the Women’s Sentinel Jacket, a newly redesigned model fusing style and performance. “Constructed from GORE-TEX® fabric with a lightly insulated, brushed backer, this supple jacket is both windproof and waterproof, and has articulated patterning and a relaxed fit for enhanced mobility. Dedicated to snowsports, the Sentinel Jacket has large cuffs that fit over or under gloves, while the spacious Storm Hood™ that positions with one hand, covers helmets and allows for easy layering. Pit zippers aid in temperature regulation and a Slide 'n Loc™ snap system links the integrated powder skirt to pants in deep snow.” Available at Teton Village Sports and Hole in the Wall Board Shop.
Bogner’s Fire + Ice Down Jacket Sale-DP:
This down jacket, from Bogner’s Fire + Ice collection, delivers both function and style. Knitted wrist gaiters and a powder skirt make it perfect as ski wear, while its classic silhouette fits in everywhere, from the mountains to the city. Available at Teton Village Sports
Kjus Limited Edition Lava and LK Down Jackets:
Swiss brand Kjus offers total weather protection and four-way stretch for maximum movement, characteristics perfected in its limited edition Lava Jacket for women and LK Down Jacket for men. With only 500 Lava Jackets available worldwide, the current model is truly unique. “Resulting out of long lasting partnerships with experienced fabric manufacturers like schoeller® and Toray, our latest KJUS Special Edition combines design and functionality as well as elegance and athleticism,” the company says on its website, Kjus.com. Available at JH Sports.
Pick the pant that best suits your desired body temp. Shells are great for layering, while insulated models offer maximum warmth. Always make sure the fit is right.
Marmot Freerider Pant:
Available for men and women, the Marmot Freerider Pant is a ruggedly stylish model that “works hard on the slopes and looks good doing it,” Marmot.com says. The website goes on to enumerate the Freerider’s features: “GORE-TEX® two-layer fabric seals out weather. Reversed brushed tricot seat and thighs and articulated knees for added comfort. Loads of pockets stash essentials. The pant zips into the Freerider and Dawn Patrol jackets for one-piece protection.” Available at JH Sports
Arcteryx Sentinel and Sabre Pants:
The Men’s Sabre Pant is a lightly-insulated, fully-waterproof pant designed for skiers. With a slightly relaxed fit, the Sabre welcomes layering without compromising mobility. The newly redesigned Women’s Sentinel Pant is a waterproof wonder designed with both riders and skiers in mind. The new Slide 'n Loc™ snap system hooks into the Sentinel Jacket. Available at Teton Village Sports
8) Gloves or Mittens:
Keep your hands happy by making sure they are warm and dry.
Astis makes warm, stylish gloves and mittens fit for every type of winter activity. Each leather glove is hand-sewn using only natural materials. Astis embraces the subtle differences inherent in the leather, beadwork and fur trim, which makes each pair unique, akin to works of art. Available at Teton Village Sports
9) Head Gear
Don’t gloss over head gear; helmets and goggles are essential accessories to ensure an all-out awesome experience on the slopes. Helmets provide protection as well as warmth or ventilation, depending on the weather. When fit well with goggles, helmets help keep your vision moisture-free. Try on several helmets with your goggles to insure a proper fit.
JH Sports recommends the Giro Montane Helmet. Meanwhile, choosing the right goggles can make all the difference. As we said before, try goggles on with the helmet you intend to wear; the two need to fit together with no gap between the top of the goggle and the helmet. Also, the correct lens can shape your experience. Ask your sales associate for help in choosing the right lens for the mountain’s current conditions and weather patterns. Both the Smith IOX and Anon M1 goggles come with two lenses, easily interchangeable for changing weather conditions. Top off your head set-up with a Go Pro HD Hero 3, the perfect way to document your adventures. Waterproof, shock-proof, small and light, these cameras take great still shots as well as video. Available at JH Sports and Teton Village Sports.
10) Jackson Hole Mountain Sports School:
Yes, gear is essential for maximizing your alpine experience, but brushing-up on technique is a good idea too.