In most years you won't need these. You get ready in the lodge and then are out in snow pretty quickly. But this year, we will have to get ready in the car many days, the walk on concrete is deadly to expensive ski boots.

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Protecting Your Boots

Consider this your reminder to order boot protectors. Many of us will be getting ready in the parking lot this season. These rubber soles slip on top of ski boots to protect the plastic from getting beaten up on the walk to the slopes. They are then small enough to stash in your day pack.

Our team's coaches recommended we all get cat tracks or the like.  Traction cleats designed especially to fit on ski boots make it easier and safer to walk on snow, ice, and slippery surfaces.

Brands to consider:

  1. Yaktrax SkiTrax Ski Boot: Tracks Traction and Protection Cleats.Feels like I have nice, cushy suspension under my boot & great traction. Make sure you have your boot size handy to order the correct size. Get Yaktrax here on Amazon.
  2. Ski Skooty: This also slips over your boot. I like that I can color code the family with these Ski Skooty boot protectors. Get Ski Skooty on Amazin here.
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Gear for Getting Ready in the Lot

This work bench makes a great space to get boots on. Get it at Lowe's here for $34.

Warming up in the car

Warming up in the car

There's going to be a lot of time spent in the car. Base areas will want families to arrive and start skiing. Many won't even be selling tickets at the window. 

Lunches will be reserved ahead of time and tables will be hard to secure. The best bet is to carry snacks with you and eat before and after you get to the mountain. Here are my favorite finds.

  • A crock pot for your car. Load this up with your favorite chili or soup and serve it out of the tailgate--not outlet needed. Get this crock pot for your car on Amazon ($34.18).
  • Insulated Mug: This Zojirushi mug is my ride or die container. On days when I am headed to ski races, I fill this with hot water and it's still piping hot 4-5 hours later. It's amazing. Get the 11oz insulated mug on Amazon here.
  • Thermal Carafe: This Cresimo device keeps water warm for hours and doesn't need a plug. It is what you need to get all the kids cocoa during your ski breaks. This 3 liter container will let you serve drinks for multiple warm-up breaks. Get the Carafe for $38.95 on Amazon.
  • Insulated Cooler. This one from Arctic Zone is leak proof and keeps food hot (or cold) for hours using specially designed thermal insulation with heat reflecting Therma-Flect. I like all the pockets for storage for things like utensils and napkins. Get the cooler on Amazon here.
  • Hydroflask Food Canister. Features a new slip-free and dishwasher safe powder coating, along with a lifetime warranty. Get the canister on Amazon here (two sizes)
  • Electric Car Blanket. Bundle the kids up with their cocoa with this heated blanket. Get the blanket here on Amazon.


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