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SKI BOOTS: If you have a good pair, take them. If not, Heierling's in Davos-Platz makes some of world's best, handmade to order, $40-$45. Takes at least three days, but the Lyons sent plaster casts of their feet ahead and boots were ready when they arrived.
SKI PANTS: You'll need two pair. There is a fad for colored pants in Europe, but stick to gray and black unless you're expert. Red pants are earned, like spurs. Kaltenbrunner of Davos makes exceptional ski pants to order in three to four days, $40-$45.
SKIS: Head skis are the most sought after in Switzerland, just as in America. They're $85 in the U.S., more in Europe. There are good skis available in the Parsenn at reasonable prices, and you can rent steel-edged skis, good boots and aluminum poles for $1 a day anywhere in Switzerland.
BINDINGS: Take safety bindings with you. They're much safer to use and are hard to get in the Parsenn.
SKI WAX, SKINS: If you ever need skins, rent them on the spot. Waxes of all kinds are available in Switzerland.
POLES: If you bring U.S. skis, bring aluminum poles, too. They're better than most available in the Parsenn.
SOCKS: Three pair light-wool under-socks, three pair heavy-wool outer socks. Good ones available there.
UNDERWEAR: Two pair wool long handles—red, gray or white, plus short-sleeve V-neck wool tops for women, cotton T-shirts for men. Available in the Parsenn.
SHIRTS: One red and one yellow Lanella shirt (washable wool and cotton) and colored button-down Oxfords. Bring these from the U.S.
SWEATERS: Two hand-knit cable-stitch sweaters, preferably gray and black for women; yellow and black for men. Good ones at Ettingers, Davos are about $20. For after skiing, bring cashmeres.