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 SKI’s editors are digging this week.
Salomon Hacker 3
I’m a fan of skiing with my pole straps on. I’m not a fan of having my arm yanked off. And that, right there, is why I’m a big fan of Salomon’s Hacker S3 poles. Whether I’m skiing easy cruisers with my family, get a day by myself to ski trees, or am unsure what the day’ll bring, the S3s are my go-to fixed-length poles. Let’s be honest, they’re not overly different from other poles: They’re a cylindrical piece of metal with a pokey tip, a powder basket, and a grippy handle. But the strap is what gets me going. Salomon’s Hacker S3 strap has a tension-release mechanism (basically a tension-adjustable ball and socket) that allows the strap to pull free if there’s too much force. I’m sure there’s other sciencey stuff involved, but I’m just happy knowing that I won’t yank off my arm if my pole gets stuck on a tree. [$85] —Ryan Dionne, Online Education Content Producer
Ugg Scuffette II
Featuring a fluffy collar, this suede and sheepskin Ugg house slipper is exactly where you want to put your feet after coming out of a stiff plastic boot. They are like a refreshing, après beer for your toes! I got a pair mid-pandemic and when I’m home, which is almost always, they are on my feet. The molded rubber sole is great for providing some actual support at my standing desk, and durable enough I can wear them to walk halfway down the icy driveway for the paper or to let the dog out. So far, they’ve held up well against dirt and stains and can be easily cleaned. They’re the ultimate leisure accessory, the exact opposite of a 130 flex boot, and I’ll wear them till their very end. [$90] —Sierra Shafer, Editor-in-Chief
Uphill Access at Eldora Mountain Resort, Colo.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, I get up early and held to Eldora Mountain Resort to get some skiing in before work. The ski area allows human-powered uphill access from January through the end of the season, and a cabal of uphill season pass holders from Nederland, Boulder, and beyond arrive at 7 a.m. sharp to get some exercise and turns in before spending the rest of the day riding desk chairs and patiently waiting for an appropriate time to actually après-ski. Everyone at the mountain is always friendly and grateful for the opportunity to be there, putting a shine on the extra logistics required with parking reservations and other Covid policies. This week in particular has been especially beautiful with both new snow and being able to drop in from the top just after sunrise (an unexpected benefit of the time change). Plus, the ski area no longer requires parking reservations on weekdays, including for early morning uphill users. While the early sessions are only open to uphill season pass holders, Eldora is open to all for uphill access Monday through Friday with the purchase of an uphill pass. [$199 season pass, $25 per day] —Jon Jay, Senior Editor
SMPLSTC Full Spectrum CDB Roll-On
I live in Colorado, so I suppose I’m predisposed to believing in the health benefits of CBD. I’ve been using CBD creams and salves ever since discovering their miracle healing powers on a twisted ankle two years ago. The SMPLSTC Roll On has become one of my go-tos because it’s just so handy. You don’t have to get your hands all gooped up during application, just roll the stick over your sore muscles and be done with it. I mostly use the SMPLSTC on my patellar tendon after skiing, an area that gets swollen and angry ever since I had ACL reconstructive surgery. The subtle cooling effect helps relieve irritation and the full spectrum CBD seems to help fight inflammation. But the biggest reason the SMPLSTC has become my main squeeze is the scent: The eucalyptus and camphor essential oils make one fresh combo. [$40] —Jenny Wiegand, Content Producer
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