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Its that time of year again. The stoke is pumping through your veins, the air is crisp, Autumn is turning its back on the world, you’re dreaming of nose butter threes and winter is just moments away. The question is, are you ready? Your ski bag may be bursting at the seams with oversized hoodies, tall tees and bucket hats but you might just think about making some room for these 5 items. Here goes.
You know the dissolvable tablet that turns bright orange in water. Stock up bro. With the amount of new people you’ll be meeting, the change in environment, temperature and the heavy drinking you’ll be doing, your immune system will have to work damn hard to stay right. The vitamin C in this stuff will keep you going. One a day.
2. HAND CREAM
The winter conditions can wreak havoc on healthy hands, I don’t care how many pairs of gloves you have, your hands will get exposed. Besides, making the perfect snowball to chuck at your mates head on the way to the pub at night is much easier without gloves on. Cold air dries out hands faster than you’d expect and before you know it you can have painful cracks all over. Keep em’ moist, get some hand cream.
3. TUPPERWARE BOXES
The biggest dump of the season is forecast this evening and it’s you and your homies day off tomorrow. Can’t waste any time stopping somewhere for lunch so you pack some sandwiches and get busy frothing. Ever had a fall with unprotected sandwiches in your backpack? Guaranteed you’ll be scraping Swiss cheese off your shovel and probe for days.
4. POCKET NOTEPAD
Personally, I like to take notes during my time on the snow. You can track your own progression, give good feedback to pupils, write down your latest ideas, and remember those priceless moments that would otherwise get lost in a season of sick days. Give it a go, get a notepad and start writing.
5. HIP FLASK
Ok, so you probably already thought about this one but it’s important you don’t forget. European resorts can charge a hell of a lot for drinks in pubs and clubs and although it’s good to support your home mountain not everyone gets paid enough to drink all night at these prices. Long term you’re going to save a lot of money, maybe you’ll be able to buy those Line Chronics you’ve been eyeing up at your favorite ski shop all season. Drink responsibly, drink smart, drink out of a hip flask.