Mountain Equipment Guide: Ski Boots and Snow Goggles

Our expert ski guide gives tips on ski boots and snow goggles so you're prepared before hitting the slopes.

If you’re new to the slopes, it’s easy to make mistakes. However, Ski Guide Brent Phillips of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides has some tips regarding ski boots, skis and snow goggles so you’re prepared before your next trip.


When traveling to a ski resort, you usually have a lot of luggage with you, so it can be tempting to forgo most of your ski or snowboard gear at home and rent the equipment instead. However, Brent highly suggests to always bring your own personal pair of boots.

Skiing and snowboarding boots can be very personal items and it can be difficult to receive a rented pair that fits just right. If you don’t own a pair, try to take the time before your trip to find a pair that fits properly.


Skiing and snowboarding are visual sports. So, why hinder your eyesight with a pair of foggy goggles? Brent says he sees this every day on the slopes — people will wear their snow goggles on top of their hat or beanie, but this is a mistake. When they are placed directly against your snow hat, moisture or sweat from the fabric steams the lenses, which will make it difficult to see while on a snow-filled mountain.

Remember, there are only two places your ski goggles should be: on your face, or on top of your helmet if you’re wearing one.

Now that you know the correct way to wear ski and snow goggles, find the ones the best suit your comfort and style.