Twelve days have gone by since another memorable Christmas and I'm finally getting around to sharing the favourite bits I received. It would have been nice to post this sooner, but I was too busy enjoying my gifts!
Last week, my best friend and I stayed at her condo, which is off of a side trail at one of the larger resorts in the North East. Being the little ski bunnies that we are, we skied one day after another. Despite the trail conditions not being preferable from so much ice, the vacation was a blast. I was able to disconnect from the social media scene for the majority of the trip from lack of WiFi at her place, meet some skiers that after many runs together we parted as friends, and of course test out all of my new equipment that I got for Christmas!!
(note: I was present during the purchasing of the ski related gifts for obvious reasons)
Salomon X-Wing 500 Skis
Skis are expensive. There's no denying it. Even the most basic skis for women are pricey. That is why this year I chose to go with a good ol' used pair of Salomons. They get me down the mountain just fine. After having taken them to the ski shop, they're all tuned up and practically like new. I currently don't race, but free ski, so until I'm at the starting gate, these are wonderful!
Leki Fine Ski Poles
These poles are very cool and high tech. They are apart of Leki's Trigger System line, so a t-strap goes over your gloves. Attached to each strap is a loop, which can click in and out of the pole by the push of a button. For people who like going fast and doing semi-dangerous terrain (like myself), this system is safe and fuss-free. If you yard sale, they'll pop off like skis. Plus these poles are classic and sleek. Love 'em!
Lange boots have such a great fit! For intermediate to advanced skiers, that is very important because it makes for controlling the skis easier. Plus, no one likes ankles swimming around in boots. These are exceptional quality, which is what drew me to them, as well as the fact that they have a splash of magenta. My best friend is a very talented and competitive ski racer, so with that she doesn't look for colour or style with her equipment, rather the best that's around. So far she keeps poking fun at how I've colour-coordinated everything and calls me basic because of it. Who said you had to sacrifice fashion when skiing? :P
Is there even much to say about helmets? It fits well, protects the noggin, and is adjustable on the inside, as well as the chin strap. Giro is a great brand. Loads of skiers I know have this brand of helmet. I really like the matte finish to this particular one because it matches the boots.
Karbon Rochon Jacket
I've been skiing since I was six years old, so I've gone through my fair share of jackets. This jacket is honestly the best one I've ever owned. Everyday I went skiing last week was freezing. When I say freezing, I'm talking 6 degrees Fahrenheit with a windchill making it feel like it's below zero. This paired with the heat gear I talked about in this post kept me warm for a full day of skiing. Not once were my arms or torso cold, which is a first. Once I wear this jacket out, I am definitely going to purchase another Karbon one.
Oakley Crowbar Snow Goggles
Not once have I had issues with Oakley goggles. These ones did not disappoint. This particular model has a crowbar feature, so it fits to the face very well even if you're wearing a helmet. The lens is great. Where I ski is often overcast, so I didn't need to worry about getting the super tinted ones. I'm not blinded by the glare going down the slopes during the day, and these are excellent at night. (Gotta love night skiing!) These goggles cover all grounds.
I feel like all of my ski gear is very brand oriented this year. Not to say that it's a bad thing, but generally I stick to basics. Rossignol is another big ski brand. They have quality products; these gloves being no exception. They keep my hands warm and work well with the t-straps on my poles. Like any glove, after 6+ hours, my hands started feeling cold because of the material becoming damp. There isn't much that can be done about that, though. Bring on the hand warmers!
Ski Boots Bag
The friend that opened up her condo to me actually got me this for Christmas. I'm the type of person who struggles to carry things and if I grab one thing, something will fall to the ground. Typical. This bag has definitely helped already! All of my gear fits in it perfectly. It's a Christmas miracle!
Michael Kors Tote
Dear brother, you knocked the ball out of the park with this gift. My older brother was the one who gave this to me. Firstly, it's the oh so beloved burgundy. Secondly, it's Michael Kors. My brother is fabulous.
Simply Shabby Chic Bedding
For a solid eight months I've been eying this bedding. I was delighted to see it was one of the gifts Santa left. This was the final piece needed to complete my room. My bedroom is officially full on rustic princess.
I was out shopping with my mum at Target a couple of months back and in passing said I'd love to have that mustard coloured throw blanket. Mothers are fascinating with how they mentally add items to their list.
Now onto purchasing throw pillows... c:
Being the little writer I am, I'm constantly needing new notebooks... mainly because I misplace whichever one I'm using. This one is very ornate, so it's a nice change from the composition notebooks I typically use. Hopefully I won't lose this one!
A couple of weeks ago, I learned that I need reading glasses. Joy. For Christmas, many relatives gave money, so I used a small portion of what I received to buy these. Thanks, extended family!
I hope you had a marvelous Christmas!! :)
PS HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Note: The intention of this post was not to brag, but rather simply share. I for one am a nosy little blogger who enjoys taking peeks into other people's lives. Posts like this one are interesting to me, so I figured I mustn't be the only person who feels this way. That being said, I just hope this didn't upset or irritate anyone!!