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What to pack for your spring ski or snowboard trip

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Are you heading to Aspen, Vail, Park City, Vermont or the Poconos? Or maybe you're just visiting your local slopes for some skiing and snowboarding? Either way, packing the right spring ski essentials can make your spring vacation much more enjoyable.

Because the weather tends to be more mild in the spring versus winter, your wardrobe might need to be slightly modified. Sure, you've got your boots, boards and skis covered, but those are just the basics. From SPF protection for your face and lips, to portable hydration options, to lighter weight parkas and thermal underwear, CBS Essentials hasrounded up everything to pack for your ski spring trip. 

Thinksport SPF 50+ mineral sunscreen


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.

(For more, check out our guide to sunscreen options for unique skin types.)

Thinksport SPF 50+ mineral sunscreen, $21

Sun Bum Signature SPF 30 lip balm

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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.

Sun Bum Signature SPF 30 lip balm, $5

Stojo collapsible water bottle


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. 

Stojo collapsible water bottle, $20

Cure Hydration electrolyte powder


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. 

Cure hydration electrolyte powder, $12

Moncler ski goggles


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.

Moncler ski goggles, $390

Apple Watch Series 7


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.

Apple Watch Series 7, $349 (reduced from $400)

Powerbeats Pro wireless headphones


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. 

Powerbeats Pro wireless headphones, $180

North Face Carto Triclimate jacket

North Face

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. 

Women's North Face Triclimate jacket, $250

Men's North Face Triclimate jacket, $250 

Pisiqi Thermal underwear


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. 

Women's Pisiqi Thermal underwear, $24

Men's Pisiqi Thermal underwear, $17

Patagonia Everyday Beanie


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. 

Patagonia Everyday Beanie, $35

California Cowboy Aprés Ski Team turtleneck 

California Cowboy

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. 

California Cowboys Aprés Ski turtleneck, $118

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