I mostly ride Wolf Creek, CO, Santa Fe, NM, Taos Ski Valley, NM, Purgatory Mountain Resort, CO. Fourth of July of 2011 my boyfriend took me to board Sqaw Valley...most epic 4th of July weekend yet. Everyone was hitting the slopes in their bikinis and board shorts!
These shorts are pretty awesome. I love that the padding is removable! It makes it easier for washing AND you don't have to wear all of the pads if you don't need to. The all out look and fit of these shorts was surprisingly cute. No one will be able to tell you're wearing these. They're not super bulky and provide enough protection at the same time.
I bought 2 yowies simply because they're a great thing to have for the price. They work well for keeping your face and neck protected on the lifts, but they can get a little moist from breathing into it.
These are probably the best goggles I've ever put on my face. I LOVE wearing these! It's amazing what a difference it makes when you can see where you're going. HUGE field of vision and your peripheral vision is pretty much wide open. They really don't fog at all, other than a tiny bit at the bottom when I have a facemask on.
I LOVE my Nike boots!! Not only do they look totally rad and get compliments all over the mountain, but they're SUPER functional as well. They DO in fact run a bit small, I would recommend getting at least a full size larger than your actual shoe size. I wear a size 7 1/2 shoe, ordered the size 8 boots, and had to exchange them for size 9. They fit like a dream. Great ankle support, my feet don't get cold, and the liner forms nicely to your foot after it warms up. These boots also have gnarly gripping power for those off-trail hikes. The ONLY thing I'm not too stoked on is the internal lacing system. It's a little difficult to tighten, especially if your fingers are cold. Highly recommend any of the Nike snowboarding boots! Definitley worth the $$$