Everyone knows that nothing ruins a day on the slopes like cold feet. Here are some accessories that will keep toes toasty and limit your visits to the lodge.
Hotronic boot heaters – $165
The Hotronic FootWarmer Power Plus is a battery-charged heater that offers three different settings for comfort and warmth maintenance. A fourth setting offers a quick, extra blast of heat when needed.
What’s new? A new battery pack that last 70 percent longer.
Snap Dry boot heaters – $69.95
The electric SNAP dry Microdryer features the patented “Quick Clip” which inserts into boots, shoes, or gloves in seconds. “I’ve used mine for 2 years now, and its totally reliable,” says ski film stud Brant Moles. “It packs up small for trips — it’s been awesome!”
What’s new? The SNAP dry Custom Home units are an extension of the Microdryer and fit perfectly in any ski room.
Smartwool ski socks – $16.95
The secret to Smartwool’s Ski Light Cushion sock is its high-grade wool fiber. Each fiber contains up to 2,000 porous membranes that wick, absorb, and evaporate foot moisture and insulate against extreme heat or cold.
What’s new? Smartwool is coming out with a complete line of gloves and mittens whose goatskin leather keeps frost off your fingers.
Thorlo ski socks – $14.99
The Ski Lightweight series sock contains various density padding in the key stress areas to provide protection and comfort while you ski.
What’s new? The Extreme Ski series sock for the more daring of you out there.
Winter Heat boot heaters – $150
Another battery-operated warming device, Winter Heat Plus boot heaters are small, easy to install, and can last an entire ski day (up to five continuous hours on the low setting).
What’s new? Keep it portable with a D-ring strap that allows the heater to be instantly attached to or removed from any ski boot.
CamelBak hydration systems – $50
Since dehydration is a contributor to frostbite, drinking water is a good way to stave off both, and CamelBak will go a long way in helping you out. The CamelBak SnoBowl can hold up to 50 ounces of liquid to quench your thirst. It looks like a backpack, and fits comfortably under a jacket, allowing you to move about freely while you tear up the mountain.
What’s new? The Sto-A-Way — a stand alone system with no shoulder straps that fits into most backpacks.