As a ski or snowboard instructor (or someone doing a SnowSkool instructor course), you’re constantly on the lookout for gear that can pull double duty. Gear that you can use all day on the mountain and can easily transition to grabbing drinks or relaxing with friends. Read on to see SnowSkool's selection that you’ll reach for time and time again, whether you’re on the mountain or off.
Stay comfortable and warm in literally any weather, on or off the mountain, with a battery-heated jacket. There’s no bulky battery pack either; the battery is designed to be slim and comfortable so it won’t get in the way while you’re riding of skiing with mates or teaching a lesson. A heated jacket is perfect for ski instructors who spend all day outside in the changing weather since the battery allows you to adjust the heat level to your needs. The design also means you’ll want to wear it all the time.
For the ski and snowboard instructor ladies, these quippy sweatshirts and long sleeves are perfect for either layering underneath your ski jacket or lounging around the lodge. They have a range of cheeky sayings and phrases to pick from to add some attitude to your outfit on and off the mountain. Best of all, Coalition Snow’s eco-friendly apparel is made to order, which helps reduce waste in production!
Faux fur boots
These women's boots are the definition of style meets function. They’ll keep your feet warm and dry while trekking through any ski drift or slushy parking lot, but they’re also fashionable enough to wear with jeans out to dinner. The faux fur and high profile of these boots gives them a classic, smart look.
The fuzzy, teddy trend is still everywhere this year, including these Patagonia fleece gloves. They add a touch of cozy to any outfit and keep your hands warm from the chill whether you’re out and about or on the ski lift.
Insulated ski skirt
This is not your typical ski gear – stay with us! – an insulated skirt can be a great piece for ski and snowboard instructors to have on and off the mountain. On the mountain, it provides an extra layer of warmth around your middle, which will be much appreciated on the coldest days or teaching days when you’re not moving a lot. The insulation is thin enough in the skirt that it can also be worn off the mountain as a cute and warm casual skirt.
Classic ski sweater
This classic style ski sweater looks great for any type of winter activity and the classic, retro pattern works for both men and women. Layer up this sweater while you’re teaching a lesson or throw it on to have a drink in the lodge. But this sweater isn’t all about the looks, it’s from Spyder so you can be assured that this piece is tech and durable enough for any type of activity.
Ski/snowboard accessories & equipment
Low profile backpack
This backpack is big enough to carry a lot, but sleek enough to not slow you down on the mountain. Three neutral colors and a slim profile also make this pack easy to pair with your street clothes. We’d recommend this simple, lightweight backpack for shorter days when you just need a few essentials, or to take lunch up the mountain on your instructor course.
Collapsible water bottle
This odd-looking water bottle is actually super handy! When collapsed down to a 1.5-inch profile, this bottle easily stores in a pocket, pack or nearly anywhere. Staying hydrated on the mountain is important, make it much easier with a water bottle on you at all times.
These glasses combine polarized lenses, frames made from recycled plastic, and a solid design, to make a pair of shades that you'll want to wear every day. Throw them on for mountain lunch breaks in the sunshine or strolls around town. Their eco-friendly construction also includes grass fibres which makes these glasses super-durable, perfect for getting tossed around in a pack or your pocket.
The benefits of double-duty ski gear
Streamlining your equipment and taking a minimalist approach can save you money and even reduce your impact on the environment. Plus, less gear makes packing for your instructor course a cinch. The next time you’re shopping for ski apparel don’t forget to look for gear that you can utilise in multiple ways on and off the mountain!