Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Sun & Ski gets you ready for winter | VailDaily.com

Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Sun & Ski gets you ready for winter

After a slow start to winter, the snow and cold temperatures have returned to the Vail Valley. If you are looking for the gear to go along with this weather, Sun & Ski has you covered.

Let's start with the "base-ics" — as in base layers. In order to enjoy the day, you need to be prepared for the elements and dressing in layers is recommended. Start with a layer that is made of a fabric like polypropylene that will wick moisture away from your skin. Sun & Ski has a wide selection of base layers for men and women. Ladies, check out some of the matching sets from Smartwool and Hot Chillys, which are as cute as they are warm.

Cold hands? Sun & Ski offers a full line of gloves from Hestra, Northface, Spider, Arc'teryx and many more brands that will keep you out there longer. If you just need something for a cold snap, stock up on hand warmers.

Not all ski boots are created equal. The helpful and knowledgeable staff will find the right brand based on your foot's shape and the type of performance you want out of the boot. Heat-moldable shells and liners are top sellers this year and offer customized comfort. Boot heaters can make a big difference if you suffer from cold feet, but starting with a dry boot is key. Boot dryers will give you that ski valet experience at home.

Located in the former Sports Authority space in Chapel Square in Avon, Sun & Ski may be new to the valley, but they have been serving outdoor enthusiasts since 1980. With 33 stores in 13 states, their buying power allows them to pass the savings along to their customers.

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Stock up and enjoy the savings. Grand opening deals are still going on, so ask for special discounts such as 20 percent off one regular price item, ski tune specials and junior ski rental programs for the season.