Summit County Gear Guide 2020

By Samantha Blair | Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Living in a mountain town means winter is both a season and a way of life. Every year the snow industry is doing everything it can to make better and more stylish products to keep us warm, on the hill and having fun. Check out some of these 2020 favorites so you can look good while enjoying all Summit County has to offer.

Photo: Everything Summit, Carvers

Top skis and boards 2020

If you’re a two-plank person, check out the Solomon QST or Atomic Vantage 97 Ti. If you’d rather board, demo or purchase a Burton Custom Flying V or an Arbor Foundation board.

A new get-up

The North Face Purist Jacket & Bib or the Columbia Powder Keg III Jacket & Snow Rival II Pant setup will keep you warm and dry when the weather and wind are nasty, but they will breathe and through any tour or hike.

Photo: Everything Summit, Alpine Sports

Underneath it all

The Patagonia Capilene Midweight layer is a fan-favorite synthetic layer that is a staple in every snow-lover's closet. If you prefer natural fibers, the Smartwool Micro 250 is the way to go.

Protect the noggin ...

Helmets are cool, and don’t let anyone tell you differently. This year’s frontrunner, the Giro Terr MIPS, is designed to withstand more than one impact and it will cushion your brain with the best technology on the market.

... and the eyes

Anyone who has ever experienced snow blindness (yes, it is a real and very serious thing) can assure you how important good goggles are. The Smith 4D Mags have so much visibility you’ll forget you’re wearing them.

Photo: Everything Summit, Podium Sports

No more freezing fingers and toes

The Darn Tough Outer Limit Socks have a killer lifetime warranty (not that you’ll need it), and they can stand up to long wet days outside.

The Dakine Team Baron Gore-Tex gloves look stylish but are as hardy as ever.

(Photo: Courtesy Darn Tough)

Stash it

Any good adventurer needs to have a trusty bag. The Backcountry Access Stash 20 has all the spots for all of the necessities if you plan to take a trip out of bounds or if you need to stash all your goods on the way to the mountain.

Photo: Courtesy of Backcountry

Shop local

We always recommend supporting the local retailers. One reason is that it's important to try on new gear and clothes in the store to make sure they fit perfectly. Leave it to the experts to recommend the perfect equipment and layers for you. Pop into any ski shop in the county to try these and many other brands on for size. Below are a few of our favorite winter outfitters, and you'll find more here.

Alpine Sports

Alpine Sports has three locations in Breckenridge: Park Avenue, North Park Avenue at City Market Plaza, and Valdoro Mountain Lodge on Village Road. Here's a 20% coupon off your next rental to get you started. 

Podium Sports

Podium Sports in Frisco is known for their phenomenal boot fitting as well as their selection of boots, gear and apparel. 


Carvers is one of our favorite ski and bike shops in the county. Their tech staff can help tune-up any gear you need for the season. 

Photo: Everything Summit, Carvers

Happy shopping, and we'll see you on the hill! 

About the Author Samantha Blair
Born and raised in Breckenridge, Samantha Blair has returned to live in Summit County as a writer and ski instructor. She has written for publications, companies and organizations from Santiago, Chile, to Rhode Island. When she is not traveling abroad or visiting family on the East Coast, Samantha is enjoying all of the skiing, hiking and adventures in Summit County and around Colorado.