2016-17 Gear Guide

Oct. 12, 2016

Group skiing groomed terrain in Vail, Colorado.

Whether you’re an expert who revels in knee-deep powder in the Back Bowls or a casual skier who cruises the groomers, you’ve got to be ready for a variety of conditions on the mountain. Don’t risk having a bad time just because you didn’t bring the right gear along – our Ultimate Gear Guide is here to help you make the most of your trip. 


Layering Up.

Helly Hansen, founded in 1877, has been on the forefront of innovative products, particularly when it comes to layering. Helly Hansen worked to develop what we know today as the 3-Layer System™. The 3-Layer System™ calls for wearing a base-layer, mid-layer, and outer-layer to provide the best possible for protection from the elements.


The first layer is your base-layer.
HH Warm Freeze 1/2 Zip delivers super quick drying and guarantees that you’ll always feel dry and comfortable. The best wool base layer on the market combining the unique Lifa® fiber technology next to skin to keep you dry, with a premium Merino wool exterior with superior insulating and wicking properties.

The second layer is your mid-layer.
Fleece is a standard mid-layer because it is appreciated for its warmth and comfort.

The final layer is your outerwear.
The outerwear is designed to protect you from the weather. The Alpha 2.0 Jacket features PrimaLoft® Insulation with a body–mapping philosophy to keep you warm in the right areas, and our highly innovative H²Flow system turbocharging mechanical venting keeps you dry, warm, or cool depending on the outside conditions. Sunny and bluebird? Chilly and stormy? Helly Hansen’s 3-layer system works in harmony to keep you comfortable in Vail’s dynamic environment. It’s a combination of base-layer, mid-layer and outer-layer to provide the best protection from the elements.


Arctic Grip from Vibram
Now you can tread everywhere in confidence. Introducing Arctic Grip from Vibram. Discover a whole new world of grip and performance on slippery, wet ice. Arctic Grip is the most advanced cold weather gripping system Vibram has ever created.
Arctic Grip soling technology featured in the Merrell Moab FST ICE+ Thermo.


Visibility, No Matter the Conditions.


The I/O 7 is designed for optimized performance and perfect fit: single-pivot quick release for easy lens change, AirEvac™ ventilation for fog-free integration with Smith helmets, dualaxis outriggers that pivot in multiple directions to ensure superior helmet integration, and facial geometry frame design for contoured face fit. All this technology is designed around one of Smith’s largest spherical lenses, providing a maximized field of view and 5X™ anti-fog technology. The I/O 7 was designed through a process of reducing elements to only the most essential, so there’s nothing getting in the way of a great day on the mountain.

Capture the Experience.


HERO5 Black is the most powerful and easy-to-use GoPro ever, thanks to its 4K video, voice control, one-button simplicity, touch display and waterproof design. Smooth stabilized video, crystal-clear audio and pro-quality photo capture combine with GPS to make HERO5 Black simply the best GoPro. Directly upload footage to your GoPro Plus cloud account for easy access on your phone

With its stunning 4K video and one-button design, HERO5 Session may be the ultimate combination of performance and simplicity. Liquid-smooth image stabilization, voice control and small, rugged, waterproof design help capture life as you live it. Then HERO5 Session can automatically upload footage to your GoPro Plus cloud account, providing easy access on any device.