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Do the words "spring break" make you think of relaxing on a beach somewhere, or are you more excited to hit the slopes? If you’re planning to head to Aspen, Vail, Park City, Vermont, the Poconos or just hit up your local slopes for some skiing and snowboarding this spring, packing the right spring ski essentials can totally make -- or break -- your trip.
Because harsh weather conditions tend to let up in the spring compared to winter, you may want to modify your wardrobe. Maybe you already have your boots, boards and skis covered, but that’s just the start of it.
From SPF protection for your face and lips, to portable hydration options, there are plenty of products to pack that will help you make the most out of your spring break trip. Need a more lightweight parka for the warmer weather, or some new thermal underwear? Keep reading to check out some great options.
And if cold weather sports aren’t really your thing, be sure to check out ET’s guide on beach vacation essentials to get you ready for a great spring break. Here’s what to pack for your spring ski or snowboard trip:
Fact: The higher the altitude, the greater the intensity of UV rays, putting you at a higher risk of getting a sunburn. Broad-spectrum, water- and sweat-resistant and made without avobenzone, oxybenzone, paraben, phthalate or papa, Thinksport SPF 50 has become a popular choice with athletes, including skiers and snowboarders.
Don't forget to lather up those lips in SPF. This mineral-based, broad-spectrum balm, formulated with zinc and enriched with Vitamin E, helps protect lips from burning from the sun and chapping from the wind.
If you get thirsty on the slopes, but don't want to lug around a traditional water bottle, Stojo's collapsible water bottle serves as a smart solution. Super lightweight and leak-proof, the silicone water bottle, which holds both hot and cold beverages, completely collapses when empty and easily attaches to a jacket via a loop.
Stay hydrated for long days on the slopes with conveniently packaged Cure Hydration electrolyte powder. Keep these tucked in your parka and dissolve them into water when you need a boost. Each box comes with eight individually wrapped packets.
Wearing a pair of Moncler goggles with your ski or snowboard attire easily enhances your style on the slopes. The high-performance CR-39 lenses give you a clear view of the terrain ahead, while offering 100% UV protection.
The latest Apple Watch offers a larger, more shatter-resistant screen and a faster charging time than previous generations, and up to 18 hours of use per charge. It tracks your progress toward fitness goals, and it eliminates the need to take your iPhone out of your pocket every time you get a text message, phone call or email.
Sweat resistant, these high-performance earbuds offer up to nine hours of listening time and up to 24 with the compact charging case. They also fit securely around your ears, so you don't have to worry about losing them, and work seamlessly with Apple products. An added bonus? Each bud has volume and track controls, eliminating the need to reach for your phone or watch to adjust.
This North Face parka, available in an array of colors in men's and women's sizes, provides protection from wind, water and overheating. If your spring skiing or snowboarding session proves to be warmer than expected, simply remove the insulated liner and wear just the shell.
The best way to dress for spring skiing and snowboarding success? Wear layers. This affordable set of thermal underwear, available for men and women, comes in several colors and sizes, and offers a layer of added heat if you need it.
This classic beanie, made out of breathable cotton, keeps your head warm enough for spring slope action and offers an extra dose of warmth with a fold-down cuff. Added bonus? It's cool enough for aprés ski in the lodge.
Upgrade your aprés ski style with this unisex, double-layered turtleneck from California Cowboy. Available in navy and powder white, and adorned with a custom patch and sleeve ribbon, it emanates vintage vibes.