10 things you need to pack for the snow

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Australia’s leading Winter Olympians tell you what they can’t leave home without – and provide a top 10 list of things you should pack for the snow, too.
 

Lydia Lassila – aerial skier, Winter Olympian since 2002, gold medallist in Vancouver in 2010 and bronze medallist in Sochi in 2014.

When I'm headed to the slopes, I always pack these three things:

1. Goggles: I use Bollé. They have a great assortment of fits, as well as lenses for different light conditions.

2. Full Tilt boots: I have skied in Full Tilt boots for over 10 years now and will never change. Make sure your boot is light, comfortable and with good flex in the tongue.

3. Gloves and thermals: A must, your gloves should be waterproof and warm. In really cold conditions, I choose mittens for extra warmth. Thermals are also really important. I prefer to have thin layers that I can add or peel off if I need to.

Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin – 2 x World Champion in snowboard cross (SBX), Winter Olympian in 2010 and 2014.

When I'm headed to the slopes, I always pack these three things:

1. Snowboards: I have a lot of different boards I like to ride, so normally I take them all, just in case. The roof racks on my Suzuki S-Cross are usually stacked with boards!

2. Guitar: I love to have music wherever I am.

3. My Samsung GS5: It’s always good to have a camera and a phone that fits in my pocket when I'm snowboarding, especially a waterproof one!

Greta Small – alpine skier, 2014 Winter Olympian.

When I'm headed to the slopes, I always pack these three things:

1. Atomic ski boots: They are custom fit, so I can’t ski without them!

2. My helmet and goggles: I never ski without a helmet.

3. A pair of gloves and mittens: If one pair gets wet through, I can swap to dry ones.

David Morris – aerial skier, 2014 Suzuki Athlete of the Year, silver medalist in Sochi in 2014.

When I'm headed to the slopes, I always pack these three things:

  1. Inner gloves: They keep my hands toasty and warm.

  2. Camera: I love capturing fun moments, and having pictures to share with family and friends.

  3. Chocolate: It fits in your pocket, so I make sure all of mine are occupied. A little hit of energy to keep me going.

Australia’s Winter Olympians top 10 snow essentials:

#1 A solid ski bag and duffel: To carry all your stuff.

– Lydia Lassila

 

#2 Helmet: Make sure your helmet is up to US and EUR safety standards – other helmets won’t save your melon!

– Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin
 

#3 Windproof jacket: Best to be prepared for all scenarios with a windproof jacket – you can always take it off when you warm up.

– David Morris
 

#4 Goggles: The glare factor can be pretty bad, even on a foggy day. Good goggles will keep you out there riding longer.

– Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin
 

#5 Warm socks: If you keep your extremities warm, you’ll have a better and more productive day.

– David Morris
 

#6 A backpack: To carry snacks and water.

– Lydia Lassila
 

#7 A high SPF sunscreen and lip balm.

– Greta Small
 

#8 GoPro camera: GoPro’s are a super versatile camera, perfect for action sports.

– David Morris
 

#9 Friends: Your days is always better if you can share it with family and friends.

– Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin
 

#10 A soft-bristled brush: To clear snow from the car when it’s time to go home (it also won’t scratch the paintwork).

– Greta Small

 

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