Why Slush Is Better Than Powder

A controversial assessment of the merits of a powder day

Gore Tex

Gore Tekkers

When it comes to powder days, almost everyone regrets their choice of form over function in their snowboarding gear. Of course, there are some people who are sensible, wealthy, don’t care if they look like a bit like a skier, and who have been prescient enough to invest in 30,000mm / 30,000mm fabrics – but for the vast majority of us, our gear is not appropriate for a powder day.

As the snow piles up on my trousers on the chairlift up the mountain, I am not thinking about how great the ride down is going to be, I am getting cold and wet, and (once again) feeling regretful about the vanity of choosing something (supposedly) fashionable to wear with a piffling 8,000 millimeters in it. Plus, I am stressing about the tall guys with backpacks on the chair in front.

On slush days however, you can turn up in a singlet, acid wash jeans, fishing hat, sunglasses from Primark and still have a good time. In fact, the less waterproof your gear, the more respect you’ll get from the kids. It’s a win-win. [Actually, not entirely true, you’ll still need to have a pair of mittens on.]


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