2. Car racks. Itís fairly standard for a set of car racks to carry four pairs of skis. If your rack doesnít lock in the skis, follow the old adage: Man, donít let íem out of your sight.

3. Combination boot and traveling bag. This has space at each end for a boot, while the large interior can be filled with clothing. Itís great for the ski traveler but usually too large for overhead storage on the plane; itíll have to be checked through.

4. Battery-operated boot heaters. With special wiring feeding current from rechargeable batteries to electronic heating elements in the toe area of the insole, these will keep your feet toasty even in the arctic chill of a three-dog night. Pay heed: Check the price before you have them installed in your boots.

5. Headband. For those days when itís too warm to wear a cap and your long hair must be controlled.

6. Fanny pack - waterproof. This is better than pockets for carrying everything from a trail map, lunch money, and a tube of lip salve to a sandwich.

7. Extra camera batteries. The colder it is, the more quickly older batteries drop dead. Protect a camera by carrying it inside your ski jacket or fanny pack with - but of course - an extra roll of film for that moment when you run out on the mountain.

8. Apres-ski boots. As elaborate as you want and can afford.

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