THREE SKI ITEMS YOU'LL NEVER THINK TO PACK.

We always know to bring the usual to the mountain—hats gloves, thin socks (if you don't know that part you need to look at one of our other tips!)


Here some things you'd never thought of—but after you read this they're sure to earn a good place in your ski bag:

1. Toenail clippers. If you've ever had ski boots that are little bit too small, or better yet—a little bit too big, you may suffer from that age-old boot ailment called Bang Toe. Most common symptom? Blacking or discoloration of your toenails from banging up against the front of your boot during a run. The other cause? Unclipped toenails. The pros suggest your toenails be clipped —straight across— before slipping on those boots.

2. Duct tape. Scrappy skiers already know how duct tape has as many uses on the slopes as it does in your basement. Patching up holes in gloves temporarily, that tearing your down jacket, and for some, filling in a space in your bindings to straighten out your alignment (more on that in another post.)

3. You'll never guess. Here's one that would've been perfect for Johnny Carson's "Carmack the Great."  Answer: "A ball of red yarn." Question: In a heavy fog or low visibility, what do you let unravel downhill to determine where "down hill" really is? Ask a backcountry expert or patroller at mountains like Whistler, where midstation fog is a daily event. Balls will always follow gravity. On a foggy steep, some string, tape or yarn will light up your path. (Go slowly, though... yarn also rolls off cliffs!)


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