Honestly. Spring skiing beats powder skiing 8 days out of 7. You are packing light, your technique tends to get 23% better in warmer conditions and the whole mountain is like a soft playground. Nothing beats skiing in spring!
There are a couple of gear that will make your spring twice as comfortable. The weather can easily shift from -5 Celcius in the morning to + 15 in the afternoon. Something that can put a strain on your equipment. The snow can be super slow if your skis have dry bases. There are a number of things that can amplify you spring time on the mountain.
This is the gear you can’t do without this spring.Everyone buying something at Ridebrain between 25/2 - 31/3 are invited for a day with freeride legend Sverre Liliequist in Åre 1st of April. Read more here
Spektrum - Kall
There is no place a pair of shades comes more handy than on a sunny mountain. The light piercing yopur eyes is the equivalent of a thousand sunbeds blasting your eyes. What you need is a dark lens that shuts the most light out possible, still offering you contrasts. That is the the Kall sunglasses from Spektrum. The company is located approx 1 cm from the base of the mountain, so of course they know how to produce good sunglasses for these types of conditions.
Kall provides wide protection and the tilt and shape gives you protection superior to compareable frames. It enhances peripheral protection for an optimized experience.
The Zeiss base lens is ideal for prolonged use during bright and sunny days, much like spring skiing.
This lens offers visual protection from high reflections, delivers the greates visual comfort and natural perception without any colour distortion.
Performance lens from Carl Zeiss with ultimate UV-protection and maximum clarity
Bio-based Grilamid frames
Rubberized non-slip fully adjustable temples
Exchangeable rubber nosepads (2 sizes) for optimized fit* Ri-Pel water repellant and anti-scratch lens coatings
Extremely impact resistant lens
Extrem Kohla - Peak Mixmohair
Spring season is touring season. Long days of light allowes you to take the time needed to reach certain spots. The warmth makes the snow more predictable compared to the winter season. It's hard in the mornings, which is an advantage during spring if you like touring. Later during the day it (almost) always softens and makes for great skiing conditions.
The change in the snow during the day puts some more demands on your skins. Wet snow or icy snow can make your skins not work properly depending on wich skins you use.
What is a good skin for spring conditions? The Extrem Kohla is a very good example of a great skin. The mix of Mohair and Nylon makes this a trusty companion during the shifting sprin temperatures.
The Mixmohair range is focused on the optimal combination between excellent grip and gliding properties. Compared to a pure mohair skin, this skin is more durable but does not have the same gliding properties. This is the skin for ski mountaineers that are looking for a durable skin for all snow conditions. Mixmohair (65% mohair / 35% nylon).
MAMMUT SPINDRIFT 26L BACKPACK
A small yet big backpack is what you want during the spring season. A backpack not too much of a burden to carry with you at any times, that still fit all you need to be out all day.
You want to feel free on the mountain during spring. You never know how the day will turn out. All of a sudden its the best day of the year and you want to stay in a zone far from the ski lifts.
Thats what your backpack is for. Water, relief of your mid layer perhaps, ava gear, sandwiches, coffe and extra gloves is something you always want to bring. Specially the extra gloves since the snow is so moist this time of year.
The Mammut Spindrift 26 liters is a perfect choice. Roomy yet light with all the special features that makes your experience so much better. With tons of pockets and thoughtful organization systems you can easily keep your stuff where you want it.
Dimensions: 51 x 28 x 21 cm
Pockets: Large Hip Belt Pocket
Features: Diagonal Ski Attachment
K2 LOCKJAW CARBON PLUS
The K2 LockJaw Carbon Plus Ski Poles are full-featured backcountry poles featuring Carbon Web upper and lower shafts, the LockJaw adjustment mechanism, and a full 95 mm powder basket. A perfect companion for your backcountry adventures.
Believe it or not - a power basket can save you the energy of a 100 meter vertical thrust.
Shaft: Carbon Web – External carbon strands are precisely laminated onto the carbon shaft creating K2's lightest weight, most durable, and stiffest shaft offered.
Adjustability: LockJaw Adjustment | 90 - 130cm or 105 - 145cm – Refined over several generations, the tried and true LockJaw system continues to define the standard for length adjustment mechanisms. Simple, lightweight and durable, the LockJaw is the workhorse of the backside pole line.
Grip: Adventure Ultra-Light EVA
Basket: 95 mm Articulating Powder
Additional Features: Bubble Inclinometer – Quick and accurate slope angle measurement tool in the palm of your hand.
POW ROYAL GORE-TEX GLOVES
This can be a game changer folks. A functional glove that is a bit cooler than your regular mitten.
Technical, yet more nimble than your regular - 30 gloves which can absorb A LOT of water if you use them in wet spring conditions.
There's plenty to know and love about the POW Royal GORE-TEX Gloves, like their "Grade A" Goatskin material, GORE-TEX membrane and 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation for starters. The Ultra Magic® No Snag Technology Velcro prevents any Velcro catches that may occur, while the buff material on the thumb wipes away unwanted fog or moisture.
Shell Material: Micro Twill Nylon with Teflon® DWR
Membrane: GORE-TEX + Active Membrane – Gloves engineered with GORE-TEX inserts + Gore Active technology are durably waterproof, windproof, and breathable-guaranteed. The whole system of inner lining, membrane, and the outer material is optimized for extreme breathability.
Insulation: 3M™ Thinsulate™ | 100g – "Warmth Without Bulk", this premium insulation keeps you warm by trapping and holding your body heat while keeping a low profile.
Lining: Premium Anti-Pill Polyester Micro Fleece – This ultra comfortable liner increases warmth and is specially designed to not pill with repeated use and wear.
Palm: "Grade A" Goatskin Leather with AX Suede Connect – POW uses only premium goatskin leather in their products for maximum dexterity, break-in, and durability. Locally sourced leather helps lower their carbon footprint.
Fit: Pre-Curved Fit – Ergonomically designed natural hand curve for maximum dexterity.
Features: Ultra Magic® No Snag Technology Velcro – The patented hook and loop system will not snag your base layers or jacket. POW recessed the hook side so there are no abrasive surfaces to snag on your clothing.
Temperature Range: Mid Winter Conditions – This particular model performs well in mid winter temperatures, with functionality in mind we build mid winter gloves with slightly less insulation to increase dexterity.
DAKINE NITROUS HOT WAX - WARM
A wax that can be rubbed on if you are sticking to the snow on the hill is great to always carry with you.
Like high-octane NOS for your board(s), this Dakine Nitrous Hot Wax gives you the added boost you need to avoid pushing through flats and casing jumps. This particular blend is ideal for temperatures above 28°F.
Temperature: Ideal for Temperatures Above 28°F [3°C]
Features: Blended Paraffin Formula – Provides solid performance in a variety of conditions.
Instructions: Hot Waxing Recommended – Can also be rubbed on.
OAKLEY CANOPY GOGGLES
Lets face it. You will sweat like a pig. On those good days when the sun is pounding you it gets really warm.
Your body will heat up. This is devastating for your lens.
The Oakley Canopy is one of the best on the market to transport the mopist away to keep your goggles from condensating.
Supersize your field of view with the Oakley Canopy Goggles, featuring a large lens design that extends your vision up, down, and to the sides. Oakley s patented O Flow™ Arch lets you breathe easy and applies even pressure across the nasal area, while the best optics in the industry and F3™ anti-fog coating let you focus on what's coming next.
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Frame: O Matter® Chassis – Flexible O Matter® frame conforms to your face and remains flexible even in extreme cold.
Lens: Anti Fog – Dual vented Plutonite® lenses with F3™ coating, which allows the inner ballistic lens to absorb a minimum of 2 ml of moisture.
Ventilation: Dual Vented Lenses – Dual vents and F3™ anti-fog coating keep your vision crystal clear.
Strap: Silicone-Backed Strap – Non-slip strap keeps your goggles in place even on slippery helmet surfaces.
Face Foam: Triple Layer Polar Fleece Foam – Moisture wicking triple-layer polar fleece foam assures all-day comfort.
Shape: Medium to large fit