Miscellaneous Gear

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  • Goggle Squeegees Some gloves have a rubber blade, like a window cleaner but smaller, for wiping precipitation from goggles. You can also get similar things that hang off a garment. Not strictly necessary - of course not. But who hasn't tried to clean stuff off the front of goggles with your glove? Found in: ski shops.
  • Boot base protector things One brand is Cat tracks. They are rubber treads that fit over the bottoms of your boots when walking around. It is important for your safety that the boot/binding interface works properly. Worn boots can affect this. If you expect to do a lot of walking off snow (as can happen in Thredbo) these may be a good idea. They are also a lot less slippery than the bottoms of ski boots. Found in: ski shops.
  • Silk Balaclava Takes up almost no space in a pocket or backpack and weighs nothing, but when things get cold and windy they provide an effective insulating layer on your head. They fit under helmets and beanies without problems. Can also be used for bank robberies. Remember to remove your name badge. Found in: ski shops, army disposal stores.
  • Neck Gaiters Tubes of fleece fabric that you pull over your head and which sit around your neck. They help weather sealing around the neck. You lose a significant amount of heat through your neck as the arteries are near the surface. A neck gaiter reduces this heat loss. Finally, you can pull them up over your face to protect your face from the weather. The best gaiters are pink. They just are. Trust me on this. Found in: ski shops.
  • Neoprene Face Mask Another thing for face protection in extreme conditions. These are made to wrap around your face and secure with velcro at the back. Found in: ski shops, motorbike shops.
  • Sunscreen & lip balm in one package Doh, but it is unique to Australia. Found in: ski shops.
  • Split ring for lift ticket Completely useless, and resorts do not permit their use. However, if you need to shift a ticket from one parka to another during the day if you feel it necessary to change for fashion reasons, a split ring might (theoretically) make it easier. On the other hand, if a lifty picks it up, you will have a trip to the ticket office to do it properly this time. The smaller the ring the more likely it will be concealed under a pocket flap, which is important for aesthetics. Another idea: Tie the ticket on your snow pants... Found in: Hardware shop
  • Windscreen Scrapers Credit cards, Medicare Cards and drivers' licences are great for scraping frost and snow off car windows in the morning, but service stations and ski hires in the snowfields areas sell coloured windscreen scraper jobbies for a few bucks that have a variety of scrapers (plastic, rubber, teeth) that are something bigger to grip that do a great job. Found in: ski shops, places where you buy chains.
  • Locks Sometimes people "inadvertently" pick up gear that is not their own. There are a variety of types of lock to encourage the inadvertence toward some one else's gear. Found in: Surf shops, ski shops, hardware shops
  • Inner Gloves If you suffer from cold hands you can buy lightweight gloves that fit inside your normal gloves for an extra layer of insulation. Found in: Outdoor shops, ski shops, army disposals.
  • Chemical Warmers These are small plastic bags with chemicals that provide a warming reaction when activated. They are small, and fit in a pocket, but can be a source of warmth if your hands or feet get cold. Found in: ski shops
  • Powder Tapes (A.K.A. Powder Strap or Leash) Ribbons of brightly coloured tape about 3 metres long that attach to your bindings. The tape is tucked up inside your cuff. If you release from your skis it can often be difficult to find the skis if they are buried in powder. The tapes show up on the surface, making it easy to find the ski. The tapes are not actually connected to your body - they work because the light tape stays on the surface even if the ski is buried and you can follow the tape to find the ski. They are a bit of a pain in the bum as you have to connect them to, or disconnect them from, the binding every time you click into or out of your bindings. This is particularly painful in resorts with cable cars or gondolas. Your skis are most likely to be near the top of your impact crater, so this is a good spot to start looking. Found in: ski shops, specialist outdoor shops (mainly overseas).
  • Two way radio Cheaper than calling someone on your mobile all the time. Found in: electronics shops
  • Zip lock bags Good for carrying phones, wallets, snacks in on wet days. Found in: Supermarkets
  • Not Wax Good for those spring days where the snow is so wet is is slowing you down. You can carry this stuff in your pocket and wipe it on the base of your skis or board for a better ride. It is a teflon based lubricant. Don't go substiuting WD40 for this stuff - WD40 contains other compounds that will damage your base. Found in: ski shops
  • Camelback Drinking when and where you please is a great thing to keep the stamina up - especially on those warm spring days. Found in: Outdoor shops, bike shops.
  • Altimeter & GPS Things It is possible to buy watches and separate devices that let you know how high you are. Some will record your changes of altitude over time, and some will even record your position. A lot have a facility to download this information to a computer and allow analysis of the information. Just what the well informed snow geek needs. Soon you will not even have to go outside. There are also apps available that track your sliding day overlaid onto resort trail maps on your GPS enabled smartphone.
  • Retractable Ticket Holders Some resorts have introduced bar code readers for lift tickets. These little jobbies have a cable on a spring loaded spool that lets you pull your ticket out by a metre or so so you can conveniently wave it near the reader.
  • Edgie Wedgie Only for young kids. Rubber links that clamp onto the shovel of skis. It stops the tips crossing while kids are dealing with learning the wedge (snowplough) turn. Most kids will only need them for a couple of days, but they take one variable out of learning initial skills.