The MaineSkiFamily Gear Guide


Through our years of skiing in Maine, we have tried many different types of products to make our ski day more enjoyable. Many of these products deal with the cold...as it can get COLD skiing in Maine! The saying goes... There's No Such Thing As Bad Weather…Just Bad Gear

The following is our MaineSkiFamily gear guide. These products are used by us regularly and 100% recommended by the Family Skiing in Maine crew. 

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Hestra Gloves

We are big fans of Hestra Gloves. There are cheaper gloves out there, but these gloves are great and keeping your hands warm and dry in all conditions. The models with wrist straps are super handy when on the lift as they keep the gloves attached to your body preventing them from accidently falling off the chair!

Hot Hands Hand Warmers and Foot Warmers

There are many different single use warmers out there, but we have had good luck with the Hot Hands brand. These single use warmers are helpful on the cold days to keep your hands and feet comfortable. If you only use a warmer for a half a day, you can store opened warmers in an air-tight plastic bag for use later on. We highly recommend buying these in bulk as the per-unit price is well under $1 which is much less than buying these individually in the ski shop.


DryGuy BootGloves

The MaineSkiFamily Dad is a recent convert to boot gloves. These neoprene covers effectively keep out the wind, snow and cold making any additional heating help (like single use warmers) much more effective. The one drawback is that if you like to adjust your bottom boot buckles frequently during the day, these covers will make that more difficult. But if you are a set the buckles once type of skier, these covers are a worthy addition to your ski gear.


DISSENT Merino Wool Socks

In skiing, a thicker sock doesn't always mean warmer. A good fitting high performance sock goes a long way towards making your ski day more comfortable. These Merino compression socks by Dissent provide exceptional moisture management and promote good circulation which is key to keeping your feet comfortable throughout the ski day.


Hotronic Battery Powered FootWarmer

Endorsed by the MaineSkiFamily Mom, these battery powered foot warmers combined with a BootGlove keeps her feet warm and toasty even in the harshest of conditions. There is an upfront investment in money and time for installation, but if you feet are constantly cold this is the answer.


Smith Goggles

We are fans of the Smith brand of Goggles, especially the models that offer easy lens change capability. When skiing in Maine, the weather can change by the minute. It might be sunny in the morning, but cloudy and flat lights conditions in the afternoon. Have the ability to quickly change goggle lenses is super handy and makes for a more enjoyable ski day.


Racewax Ski Tuning Kits

Over the years, we have saved a lot of money tuning and waxing our skis at home. While we leave the binding adjustments to the professionals, we sharpen our edges and get our bases flat and waxed with ski tuning gear from RaceWax. 



Gravity Grabber Rack System

We have found the Gravity Grabber to be a great rack system for our skis and poles. While we have them mounted on the front of our ski house, these could easily be used on any garage or interior wall.


The Man Behind the Maps

During his 30-year career, artist James Niehues hand-painted over 200 ski resort trail maps, including Saddleback's. We explored every nook and cranny of his Saddleback map in creating our blog's popular Saddleback trail guide. All of his work and details about his map-making process are bound in this beautiful 292-page hardcover coffee table book. We own two copies of this book and love to explore the ski mountains of the world illustrated in its pages. You can see more details and purchase at this link

Other Great Places to Get Gear

While these are not affiliate links, we like to visit these Maine based online and retail stores to pick up other gear including:

Untracked.com - This Maine based online retailer offers a wide variety of alpine skis, bindings and gear. The MaineSkiFamily Dad recently upgraded to the 2023 Blizzard Bonafide 97 through their website.

Akers Ski - We recently picked up a starter cross country ski package through this Maine based online retailer and they also have a retail store in Andover.

L.L.Bean - Known nationally and headquartered in Freeport, Maine, their retail and online stores offer gear for all seasons. We recently purchased their Winter Walker Snowshoes and we are extremely happy using them on our snowshoe walks.

Saddleback Retail Shop - And of course we like to pick up all our Saddleback logo gear at the retail shop in the Saddleback base lodge. Season pass holders get 10% off all Saddleback logo gear.

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