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These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things This Week

What the SKI staff is loving right now, from instant coffee to ski wax—but definitely not those two together.

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Testing new gear is always on the to-do list here at SKI, but every so often it’s nice to be able to reach for our trusted favorites. Here’s what the SKI editors are digging this week.

Skhoop Mini Down Skirt

Shkoop Molly
Photo: Courtesy of Shkoop

The Skhoop Molly Down Skirt is my favorite layering piece to take on tour-in hut trips. It takes up minimal space in my pack and provides that little bit of extra warmth I need to enjoy downtime after skiing. The skirt is stuffed with 600-fill RDS-certified down inside a silky, 100-percent nylon ripstop outer fabric. I definitely appreciate the hard-warmer pocket and the grippy elastic on the waist that keeps the skirt from twisting around. Plus, it looks cute over a base layer bottom, which is always a plus. $199 —Keri Bascetta, Director of Photography

Go Deeper: The Best Accessories For Hut Trips

Cusa Tea & Coffee

Cusa Coffee packets
Photo: Courtesy of Cusa Tea & Coffee

Using my car as base camp this winter for cocoa and snack breaks has forced me to think outside the box for quick warmups and refreshments, and Cusa Tea & Coffee’s instant coffee packets have been a game-changer for me. While my kids are warming their hands around mugs of Swiss Miss, I’m firing up the Jetboil for a rich and flavorful cup of organic vanilla dark roast coffee. I honestly never thought an instant coffee could taste so authentic. There are eight different flavors, plus 14 flavors of tea—which is where the company got its start. Try a coffee variety pack with 10 servings to see which flavor is for you. $9.49  —Samantha Berman, Senior Content Producer

Related: The Instant Coffee Taste Test

MountainFlow Eco-Wax

MountainFlow Eco-Wax
Photo: Courtesy of MountainFlow

Related: You Should Really Learn to Wax Your Own Skis Already

There are two types of skiers in the world: Those who wax their skis every week, and those who might wax their skis once a season … if they remember. (If you find yourself in the latter category, the end of February is a great time to fire up the waxing iron and get your sticks back up to speed. You won’t regret it.) Personally, I’m in the “every week” category, and I’ve been loving the performance of MountainFlow Eco-Wax’s All-Temp Hot Wax, a 100-percent plant-based ski wax that works really, really well. (It also just got funded on Shark Tank.) With the recent wild temperature swings in Colorado, the All-Temp Hot Wax has been perfect for my Thursday night waxing session and all of the snow conditions I’ve recently skied on across the state. $18.50 per 4.6-ounce bar  —Jon Jay, Digital Editor

Know What Goes Great With Waxing Your Skis? Beer

The Liftie

The Liftie
Photo: Courtesy of The Liftie

I have no idea why I, a parent of two young kids, didn’t discover The Liftie years ago. For too long I struggled with where to put my kids’ ski pass, battling pocketless bibs, jacket pockets that were only two feet off the ground (much below the RFID scanners even on the bunny hill), and lanyards that I have to pull out, then tuck back in, before each and every lift ride. Oftentimes, I resorted to holding my kids up to the scanner, like Rafiki showing off baby Simba on Pride Rock in “The Lion King.” Enter The Liftie. This little gem is a ski-pass-sized luggage tag of sorts that securely hugs your kid’s goggle strap, putting the pass at just the right height for scanners. And if you don’t have RFID at your home ski area, I imagine it’d work for barcode scanners, too.  $9.99  —Ryan Dionne, Online Education Content Producer (and former SKI editor)

Also read: Three Tools to Help Young Skiers Learn