It's hard to believe that snow season is almost over! Stephanie's articles in the Winter Issue were fabulous reviews though, so if you have any desire for snow left in what's left of our winter, Steph will remind you where you can find it, and how to Grar in Style.
Shredding the Gnar in Style
Images and Articles By Stephanie Litzenberger,
Central Bucks South High School Senior
Not only do you want to be totally warm when you’re out on the slopes, but also reasonably stylish! The definite necessities to shred on the slopes in warmth are: under armour leggings, wool ski socks, under armour long sleeve. Now that the basics are down, we get into the stylish part of the winter wear!
For the inside layers, I first recommend burton wool socks (they are the warmest!), which also have very cool and funky designs. Also, definitely wear a t-shirt over top the underarmour, and then wear either a long sleeve or sweatshirt. Naturally, the new hot sweatshirt to wear is called Patagonia: semi-expensive, yet totally warm, comfy, and cute for boy and girls. On a side note, Patagonia sells vests also, which are extremely warm for the winter! Patagonia sweatshirts are sort of bulky, so if you’re looking for a more sleek sweatshirt, then you should get a zip-up made by either Burton, Marmot, Neff, or Roxy.
The outer layers are where all the fun comes, where you get to pick the perfect colors and styles. The new looks that you see on the slopes are two different styles. Many are either in two contrasting colors, such as burgundy and gray, or very bright colors, such as neon green and purple. Very different, yet also shows the uniqueness of your style! As a skier, look for pants that have a semi-tightness to the thigh, and then have that boot cut out; as a boarder, get bulkier pants, so that it’s much easier to maneuver when riding. The brands to look for jackets and pants are Oakley, Burton, Volcom, and 686 to offer the largest array of type’s looks. When I’m on the mountain, I personally prefer to stay warm, but I see that many of the snowboarders go without jackets and just get extremely large sweatshirts or they’ll wear XXXL t-shirts over top of many layers. My personally advice, though, is to only do that if you do park because that way you’ll stay warm! For gloves, the new style is mittens, because they are so much warmer than gloves.
For accessories, you need to have your neck and face covered, especially when its near zero degree weather. My personal favorite for “scarves” is the turtle fur brand, because you’re able to not only get any color with warm, fluffy comfort, but they have also recently made infinity scarves that work dually as a face mask as well. I own the infinity scarf, and it’s my new favorite winter wear, because it has two sides to it, and keeps me super warm when I’m on the slopes. Moving up, the only goggles I advise you to get (which you need to get so that you’re not crying from the cold and wind in your eyes) is Oakley. They offer goggles for the daytime and the night time with all colors and designs. For hats, definitely go for a beanie, I say thicker the better, and a helmet if you’re doing park. Get a helmet that coincides with your outfit and beanie, or else it makes the whole outfit look off. A beanie from anywhere nearly works, but if you’re not wearing a helmet then wear any type of warm winter hat you want! I sometimes wear a hat with strings and little ball on top when I know I’m not going in the terrain. I hope you now enjoy your time out on the slopes in style!
Images and articles by Stephanie Litzenberger:
Central Bucks South High School Senior
Top Slopes for Your Winter Fun
The best way to spend your winter days this season should be at these top slopes. Ranging from snowboarder friendly, ski friendly, or novice friendly, you’ll be getting the best details for your winter shredding season!
Blue Mountain: This is one of my favorite places to go to, because it’s completely diverse for all types of boarders and skiers. The mountain has a great terrain park for mainly boarders, to be honest, and its mainly semi-small jumps with many rails, and a half pipe! Another cute touch to the mountain is that down near the terrain park they have a huge jump, and you go flying off of it, but they have a inflated pad for you to land on safely-definitely something fun to do while there for the dare-devils. Blue also has some of the best black diamond’s I’ve been on, that makes your legs burn a little after, because they actually have long trails, which is also my favorite part about the mountain. Huge Mountain with woods, pipes, and great slopes for a great Saturday out!
Elk Mountain: One of my personal favorites again, because it has mainly challenging slopes, and few novice slopes, so if you’re a semi-skilled boarder or skier and hate trying to maneuver around novice learners, then this is a place I recommend for you. The beauty of Elk Mountain is the amount of trees it still has that cover your sight down to the bottom, making the slopes even more magical and beautiful to go down. Elk also has a mainly jumps terrain park, with a really nice half pipe!
Bear Creek: This is the mountain you’ll want a season pass to if you’re large on parks when you’re going skiing/snowboarding. The park has the high jumps, the low jumps, the rails, the boxes, the anything any boarder could dream of basically. Mainly a place for “true” boarders, but also a great place to learn if you’re just starting off! The mountain has the terrain park distinctly separated from the rest of the mountain, so if you’re just learning it’s a great place to start!