Gear Kits

Men's Resort Snowboarding Pack List

Stay warm and dry on the lift and in the pow.

Curated by Chris Engelsman

Winter is quite possibly my favorite time of the year. As a kid, I would spend hours digging tunnels in snow drifts, sledding, and tromping around the woods. Later on, I replaced the sled with a snowboard for my winter adrenaline fix. The thrill of surfing sideways down snow-covered hills led me to travel the globe in search of epic powder for over a decade. These days, I mostly stick to the Wasatch Range of Utah which according to the license plates, has the “Greatest Snow on Earth." Depending on the conditions I'll ride either Brighton, Snowbird or Park City. The following gear is my go-to resort snowboard kit.

The Step-On is Burton's second go at a step-in binding/boot system which doesn't use straps to secure your foot to the board. I never rode their first iteration, but I did assist in developing K2's Clicker step-in bindings. What I like about this new system is the attachment points at the fore of your foot. They're on the side of your boot, so it eliminates any side-to-side role. Once you engage the heel mechanism, you are locked in and have a very responsive system without any strap pain. Plus, you don't have to sit on your butt to strap in. Just ride off the lift, step-on, and go.

I like the Oakley Hourglass 3L Gore-Tex jacket because it's a waterproof/breathable shell that allows me to layer appropriately depending on that day's temps. Being a shell, it's still burly enough that a branch would have a hard time tearing it, and it provides a bit more warmth than other lightweight Gore-Tex shells. The pass pocket on the sleeve is perfect for resorts using RFID passes, and the goggle pocket is big enough to use for your goggles!

Possibly the best thing about bibs is that it's virtually impossible to get snow down your pants or get your shirt wet since they go up to your mid-back. Also, bibs keep you warmer on the slopes because they cover your mid-layers on your torso. The thing I like about these Oakley bibs are all the handy pockets - two on the thighs plus zippered chino pockets, then there's the zippered pocket on the bib and a convenient pouch for quick storage.

Back in the day I tried all kinds of base layers and settled on Patagonia’s Capilene Midweight crew. It’s the closest fit and feel to wearing a t-shirt, but you get the wicking and drying performance of polyester. I'm not sure how Patagonia did it with their Capilene fabric, but it doesn't retain sweat and stink as bad as other brands.

Even though the trend these days is to use ¾ length bottoms, I still use the full-length version. I guess I’m old school.

These socks have a perfect blend of wool for warmth, synthetics for durability, and stretch so they won't quit.