Known as “Sierra Cement,” or some variation of, snow on the West Coast is typically dense and filled with moisture, meaning GORE-TEX is key, and wide, light, playful skis capable of quick turns in grabby snow top the priority list.
A. Atomic Bent Chetler 120
Designed by Mammoth Mountain legend Chris Benchetler, the Bent Chetler 120 is built to surf the mountain and excels in deep conditions. Atomic’s HRZN Tech adds surface area in the ski’s tips and tails, which gives it that surfboard-like character, ideal for the terrain and snow quality you’re likely to find out west.
B. Nordica Santa Ana 110
Fittingly named after the strong Santa Ana winds of California, this powder plank from Nordica is meant for charging the steep and deep. A subtle rocker profile increases maneuverability, while camber underfoot and two sheets of metal ensure you can rocket around the mountain to your heart’s content.
C. Dakine Sawtooth GORE-TEX 3L Jacket
Based out of Oregon, Dakine knows a few things about combating the soggy Pacific Northwest weather. The Sawtooth is a three-layer GORE-TEX jacket with fully taped seams that’s built to keep you dry when the weather isn’t. A tailored fit adapts to your every movement and ensures you’re stylin’ and profilin’ while you harvest those flakes.
Pair w/ Dakine Stoker 3L Bib
D. Arc’teryx Sentinel AR Jacket
GORE-TEX is a must on the West Coast, especially in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The Sentinel AR is a three-layer GORE-TEX jacket that’s as stunningly beautiful as it is protective, guaranteeing you stay dry and draw the attention of every other skier on the hill.
Pair w/ Arc’teryx Sentinel AR Pant
E. Lange RX 130
The RX 130 is a stiff boot that is as focused on comfort as it is on performance. Harder plastics are targeted in areas that improve power transmission, while softer plastics are injected in zones that wrap the foot and lower leg for improved fit and comfort. If plundering inbounds pow all day is your jam, this is the boot to spread it on thick.
F. Swany Black Bear
These sexy twill gloves from Swany boast a waterproof membrane for a moisture blockade and plenty of insulation to keep your fingers warm on wet pow days. The performance leather palm also adds comfort and dexterity.
G. Dragon PXV
Dragon’s proprietary Panotech toric lens in the PXV offers unrivaled peripheral vision, ideal for spotting your line in the wide expanses of the West Coast. The goggle’s Lumalens offers photochromic and color-optimizing capabilities, meaning you can rock these goggles no matter what the hell Ma’ Nature is up to out there.
H. BlackStrap Artist Series’ Facemask
No matter if you’re battling the winds of Mammoth or a sopping wet storm at Whistler, a facemask will be your best friend. BlackStrap’s Artist Series Facemasks combine beautiful prints with four-way stretch fabric in three different weights for flair and protection. This print by Rachel Pohl is as worthy of placement in an art gallery as it is covering your face.
I. Tecnica Mach 1 LV Pro W
This low volume offering from Tecnica caters to those who prefer a “race fit,” and its Custom Adaptive Shape system ensures a stellar out-of-the-box feel, while integrated dimples on the shell allow for easy customization from your local bootfitter.
J. BlackStrap Skyliner Crew Top
This comfy baselayer top from BlackStrap boasts silky smooth, four-way stretch fabric for a sensual next-to-skin feel that promotes mobility. Vented armpits allow you to dump heat while you’re working up a sweat gobbling pow and its tapered construction ensures a flattering, functional fit.