Photgraphy: Chris Wellhausen
Words: Tyler Macleod
Pulling into the parking lot on Opening Day is the moment we've been waiting for. From the first chair to the last call, good times are aplenty. Whether you're taking hot laps to shake the early season rust or hanging by the tailgate soaking in the vibes, here's a roundup of essentials to help kick the winter off right. As always, make sure to check back every Tuesday for another installment of Collected.
Dakine Party Pack
Sure, you could toss a sixer into your everyday pack, but who wants to celebrate the first day of the season with lukewarm beverages? With Dakine's Party Pack, you can keep everything refreshing thanks to its large insulated cooler compartment, while also ensuring necessary party supplies remain dry in the upper portion of the pack. Plus, with everything from integrated koozies, a stealthy bottle opener, and even a beer dispenser, this pack is sure to make you the life of the party and the envy of those in attendance.
Traeger Scout Grill
If you don't grill something up, was it even Opening Day? The Scout grill combines all of the functionality of a traditionally-sized Traeger grill, including multiple temperature settings, a meat probe for easy temperature monitoring, and of course, their signature powder-coated steel construction, all wrapped up in a portable, tailgate-ready package. It's the perfect way to bring your backyard BBQ skills to go while ensuring you tastefully kick off the winter ahead.
adidas Slopetrotter Pant
A trendy track-inspired pant that won't break the bank, the Slopetrotters are a blend of fashion and function perfect for the first day on-hill. Aside from the fact they literally pack into their own pocket when it's time for that first post-session hot tub soak, the Slopetrotters also boast reinforced construction for season-long durability and a 5K waterproof rating to offer up a bit of reassurance if the weather gets interesting.
O'Neill Tech Shield Jacket
Offering all-season versatility and clean styling functional everywhere from the hill to the bar, this hoodie is the perfect companion for early season laps, whether it stands alone on a sunny park day or serves as an insulator for stormy freeriding. Its slim fit wears well under a shell, and an integrated neck gaiter protects you from the elements. This everyday piece is as technical as it is casual.
Dragon D1 Goggle
Simplicity defines Dragon's D1 goggles. Plenty of performance is packed into an affordable, timeless frame with a large cylindrical design that offers wide peripheral vision in addition to over-the-glasses compatibility. The D1 is a gimmick-free goggle that arguably looks and wears as well as goggles with twice the price tag. And thanks to Dragon's Lumalens technology, you'll have a lens that offers optimal performance regardless of what the Opening Day forecast has in store.
DC Shelter Mitten
Early winter weather is unpredictable. Some sessions don't demand technical outerwear, and others do. But if Old Man Winter makes a guest appearance at your resort, you'll be wishing you had something with a bit of warmth and a respectable amount of waterproofing. This makes DC's Shelter mitt an early season go-to. With minimal insulation and 10K waterproofing, your hands won't overheat when it's warm, and you'll still have plenty of protection when winter weather shows up.
Burton Helinox Chair
After a long day dusting off the cobwebs, or perhaps partaking in too many celebratory beverages, sometimes all you want to do is sit down, kick off your boots, and bask in the glory of the season ahead. That gets a little tough when the tailgate only allows for a couple rear ends to squeeze in — and while none of us are above stretching out on the pavement, it sure is a lot nicer to have a compact and comfortable chair like the Burton Helinox at your disposal.
You're gonna want something hot on the drive up and cool in the afternoon. There's bound to be a keg rolling out of the bed of a truck, and while you could resort to taking one of the suspect Solo cups off the beer-encrusted pong table, it probably better for the health of yourself and the environment to come prepared. Might as well rinse your morning coffee cup and fill up. The V5 does double duty.
K2 Eighty Seven Snowboard
Conditions at the start of the season are sure to be variable. There's usually a park setup that's firm for about an hour, some icy sidehits, and plenty of obstacles to ollie. You want a board that can maximize the fun in all of this. With a positive camber profile beneath your feet, early-rise in the tip and tail, and a surfy shape, the Eighty Seven ensures ample enjoyment out of every plausible early season situation and will rip in the pow when it finally falls.
10 Barrel Pray For Snow Beer
Beer tastes better after boarding. That's a fact. There's never enough snow on Opening Day. Yet another fact. So as you wind down from a day riding less fluff than you'd like, you might as well crack a cool one and your prayers for improved conditions. But you better talk your buddy into driving, as this particular ale from 10 Barrel, featuring none other than Ben Ferguson on the can, will sneak up on you at seven percent. Make sure to also check out the trailer for 10 Barrels new film, aptly titled, Pray for Snow