Looking for the best gifts for skiers or snowboarders in your life? Search no further. We have choices for you. From socks to gloves, boots to the boards, and sunscreen to hats, we can help you shop for the perfect gift to send your family or friends to the slopes in style. You can spend pennies on pocket knick-knacks or drop the big bucks for someone special with a new pair of skis or snowboard.
Here at The Adventure Junkies, we’ve put together a list of gifts to help you shop. For ideas, browse this roundup of the 100 best gifts to get for skiers or snowboarders.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Gifts for Everyone
Gifts for Skiers
Gifts for Snowboarders
Gifts for Him
Gifts for Her
Gifts for Kids
Gifts for Backcountry Skiers and Snowboarders
Gifts for Travel
GRABBER HAND WARMERS
No need to go indoors to get toasty with this excursion pack of warmers to keep you cozy on the snow during a multi-day trip. The pack includes 8 pair of hand warmers, 8 pair of toe warmers, and for those ultra-chilly days, 8 body warmers. With adhesive to hold the toe and body warmers in place, they won’t slide around or bunch up.
YAKTRAX ICETREKKERS DIAMOND GRIP TRACTION
For walking outside on icy paths in winter, the Yaktrax ICEtrekkers let you stomp around outside with no fear of slipping. Underfoot, the steel alloy and aircraft cable grips the ice, and the rubber harness secures the ICEtrekkers to a variety of shoe styles.
DAKINE MICRO LOCK
The DAKINE Micro Lock has a 30-inch retractable cable securing a pair of skis or a snowboard. While it won’t deter a thief with a bolt cutter, it will prevent the grab-and-go snatcher who just fancies the gear. The lock is small enough to fit in a jacket pocket, and owners can invent their own combination for easier memorizing.
SWIX F4 UNIVERSAL PASTE WAX
If a hot wax is unavailable, the next best thing is Swix F4 Universal Paste Wax. To improve gliding on snow, it provides a quick solution. Use the applicator pad to rub it on in a jiffy, and then brush the wax into the base (brush not included). The wax especially prevents stickiness in wet snow conditions, plus keeps bases conditioned so they don’t dry out.
THINKSPORT SUNSCREEN SPF 50
In a three-ounce tube that tucks easily in a jacket pocket, water-resistant Thinksport Sunscreen can go on the slopes or in carry-on luggage for airline travel. The UPF 50 provides protection from harmful UV rays. Without chemical absorbers that you might not want on your skin, the sunscreen relies on a mineral base of zinc oxide that provides immediate protection when applied to skin.
BANANA BOAT SPORT SUNSCREEN LIP BALM
For lip protection while skiing or riding, Banana Boat Sport Sunscreen Lip Balm uses a SPF 50 formula to block harmful UV rays. The tube fits in any pocket to go with you all day long to keep lips moisturized at high elevations and protected under the intense glare of sunlight bouncing off snow.
This polyester microfiber Buff Original comes in multiple colors with fun designs to spice up any wardrobe on the slopes. With versatility, the seamless tube can serve as a neck gaiter, hat, or chin protector. It can even work as a hairband and fit under a helmet or hat. The fabric has a host of plusses—it is moisture-wicking, fast-drying, breathable, and wind resistant.
REI CO-OP POWER WOOL BALACLAVA
For ultra-cold days, this REI balaclava may not be pretty, but it’ll protect the face and head from frigid, blustery weather in the mountains. The warmth comes from merino wool, and a water repellent finish on the exterior synthetics sheds snow and rain. A bit if stretchiness makes a trim fit without baggy gaps to let in cold air or snow.
TOKO T8 Waxing Iron
Hot waxing your own skis or snowboard is the sure way to improve glide on the slopes. The TOKO T8 Waxing Iron gets the heat up to 212-320 degrees Fahrenheit to melt wax for different snow conditions and temperatures. The base plate adds structure grooves for smoother gliding, and even when waxing in a cold garage, the plate sustains a consistent temperature.
TRANSPACK TRV PRO BOOT PACK
Wrangle ski or snowboard boots, plus a helmet into one pack with three exterior pockets to corral all the little accessories. A sturdy, coated ballistic nylon shell tops a rubberized base to protect the gear inside. Padded shoulder straps ease the carry to and from the car while at the airport. The water-resistant central storage keeps clothing dry, and the outer boot compartments are vented to let moisture escape.
CAMELBAK SNOBLAST HYDRATION SYSTEM PACK
This CamelBak pack does the job for snow sports. A 70-ounce hydration system replenishes fluids on the slopes to keep the body working at peak performance. To prevent water from freezing in the sipping tube, it zips into an insulated sleeve on the shoulder strap. A unique three-way zipper eases digging for an additional layer at the bottom of the pack.
SMITH PARALLEL D-MAX SUNGLASSES
With polarized lenses to protect the eyes on snow, the Smith Parallel D-Max Sunglasses are a favorite choice for skiing or snowboarding. The impact-resistant and scratch-resistant lenses translate into durability, and the extra-large lens size adds a wide field of vision to catch the action to the side.
DRYGUY FORCE DX BOOT DRYER
After a day on the slopes, pop the boots on this dryer to get them ready for round two. With adjustable tube lengths, the dryer accommodates a pair of ski or snowboard boots, plus a pair of mittens. A combination of forced air and heat dries liners to prevent smells, build up of bacteria, and starting out the next day with damp gear.
DAKINE SUPER TUNE KIT
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For any hard-core skier or snowboarder that likes to keep his or her own boards tweaked to perfection, the DAKINE Super Tune Kit tucks all the necessary tools into a zippered case. It includes an iron, plastic scraper, metal scraper, and all-temperature wax to keep the bases from drying out and increase the glide factor on turns or sailing along the flats. For sharpening and reshaping the edges to personal taste, it adds an edge-tuning tool, file, wire brush, and pocket stone. P-Tex is included for base repairs on bigger divots and scrapes.
HOTRONICS S4 HEATING ELEMENTS FOOT WARMER KIT
This rechargeable setup will keep the feet warm even during the coldest days on the slopes. The setup comes with 2 battery packs with 4 temperature settings plus 2 heating elements. It also has a recharger with adapters for traveling to North American or European destinations. For installation, attach the heating elements to any footbeds.
SMITH QUANTUM MIPS SNOW HELMET
For the ultimate in head protection, the Smith Quantum helmet is for serious skiers and riders with Koroyd cylinders that crumple on impact. Airflow helps eliminate fog from goggles, while the low-profile design reduces weight and clunkiness. With two sizes available, the fit system allows for some customization.
GOPRO HERO6 HELMET CAMERA
For recording all the action on the slopes, nothing does it better than the newest GoPro helmet cam. It has twice the frame rate as the previous generation, and the new GP1 chip grabs smoother footage, especially in low light. For improved audio, three microphones filter out wind noise. Controls are easy via touch or voice commands.
GIFTS FOR SKIERS
THE ART OF FEAR
World renown extreme skier Kristen Ulmer knows about fear, and she has tackled it head on in her 2017 book The Art of Fear. For skiers, her advice on using the emotion of fear in a more positive way can aid those in attempting to step up to greater challenges.
FLYLOW SKI BUM TRUCKER HAT
Feed the inner ski bum with this Flylow trucker hat. The ball cap comes with an adjustable back strap to fit most heads, and the mesh back keeps the head cool. It’s the perfect head topper for warm spring skiing or just wearing to the bar for beers. The unisex hat works for girls or guys.
PROUD EVOLUTION SKIER T-SHIRT
From Neanderthal to skier, this T-shirt gives a different nod to the evolution of the sport. In sizes for men, women, or kids, the tees come in solid or heather colors. It’s for those who want to boast about skiing as their sport of choice.
SWIX JAW ECONOMY SKI VISE SET
Three steel vises give flexibility for waxing and tuning skis. The Swix Jaw Economy Ski Vise Set can swap between horizontal, vertical, and angled positions for waxing bases or tuning edges. The jaws spread wide enough to clamp most regular downhill skis from 60mm to 90mm (fat powder boards may be too wide).
SPORTUBE SERIES 2 TRAVEL CASE
For the utmost protection for skis during travel, this hard-sided case goes far beyond soft bags. Due to the wheels, traveling through hotels and airports becomes a much simpler task. The Sportube Series 2 holds two pairs of alpine skis plus two pairs of poles. It adjusts to accommodate skis from 122 cm to 207 cm. Padding at each end helps cushion skis, and the polyethylene hard shell foils outside objects from dinging and scratching prized boards.
MARKER GRIFFON ID SKI BINDINGS
For fat board skiers who relish sinking into powder runs, these Marker Griffon bindings have wide 110 mm brakes. The bindings steer with precision and transfer energy efficiently in turns from boots to skis. They are designed to absorb action without pre-releasing, which thwarts headers into tree wells or deep powder pillows.
MARKER DUKE ALPINE TOURING BINDINGS
For backcountry skiers, the Dukes have long been a solid choice. They go up the hill in walk mode with three climbing positions and downhill when locked. These beefy bindings rely on a DIN range of 6-16 to handle the force of steep lines, plunging drops, high speeds, and big carves. The strength weighs in at slightly more than six pounds per pair.
GIFTS FOR SNOWBOARDERS
DAKINE HIGH ROLLER SNOWBOARD BAG
This wheeled DAKINE bag protects snowboards during travel and makes walking through airports easy. The fully padded bag will protect one board with bindings. On the interior, removable bags can fit a pair of boots, jacket, and pants. On the exterior, stash pockets stow accessories such as gloves, hats, and goggles. Bags come in two lengths: 165 cm and 175 cm.
BURTON GORE-TEX MITTENS FOR MEN
Don’t give up a day on the slopes during frigid temperatures. These mittens deliver warmth for the hands and fingers to extend a day skiing or riding in a blustery powder dump. Waterproof and windproof shells ward of dampness, snow, and biting winds, but breathability prevents clamminess. For faster drying, take out the removable synthetic insulation and microfiber liners.
BURTON GORE-TEX GLOVES FOR MEN
These snowboarding gloves do the job out riding due to their windproof, waterproof, but breathable shells. Features include gauntlet cuffs, wrist shock cords, hand-warmer pockets, and removable fleece liners. For almost any hands, the gloves come in five sizes to get the perfect fit.
BURTON GORE-TEX GLOVES FOR WOMEN
With removable fleece liners, these gloves for women can adapt to cold mid-winter or warm spring days. The breathable Gore-tex shell cuts the wind and prevents snow from soaking into the synthetic insulation. Wrist shockcords and gauntlet cuffs allow for bundling up while sliding a hand warmer into a zippered pocket adds a little more heat.
SP GADGETS REMOTE POLE CAMERA MOUNT
This telescoping remote camera pole extends 14-40 inches for capturing selfies of park tricks and powder shots. It’s designed to work with a GoPro (not included), but also can work with a Smartphone with an additional mount. The 360-degree swivel allows for shaping the perfect angle for one-handed shots.
THULE UNIVERSAL SNOWBOARD CARRIER
For rooftop gear hauling, these Thule snowboard carriers use a universal clamp to connect to Thule, Yakima, or Barrecrafters car racks. They will also fit some vehicle factory racks. The carriers hold two boards at an angle, and the locks prevent theft.
BURTON GLORIA SNOW PANTS FOR WOMEN
For female riders looking to stay dry and warm, these Burton snow pants do the job, but with a jean-cut look rather than bagginess. The breathable, waterproof outer fabric maintains protection from the elements, and the interior lining wicks moisture away from the body. Other features include internal gaiters, scuff cuffs, thigh vents, and cargo pockets.
JONES SNOWBOARD NOMAD SPLITBOARD CLIMBING SKINS
For Jones splitboard riders, these climbing skins handle the uphill grunt work, so the ride down can pack in the fun. The water-repellent combination of mohair and synthetic nylon makes for the right combination of glide and grip. Tail clips and toe bars keep the skins in place.
JONES FLAGSHIP SNOWBOARD
In seven sizes, the Jones Flagship Snowboard is designed for versatility on groomers, in powder, and on hardpack. This 2017-18 model, which comes in at a lower price point than the carbon version, amps up flotation with a directional rocker nose and tail. The board composition contributes to responsiveness, edge grip, and stability.
BURTON AK GORE-TEX CYCLIC SNOW PANTS
The Burton pants for men pile on the features with windproof, waterproof, and breathable Gore-Tex. Designed and cut for active snowboarding, the pants allow freedom of movement while pulling tricks in the park or ripping into deep powder.
BURTON AK GORE-TEX CYCLIC JACKET FOR MEN
Burton styles this jacket for men who like free, unrestricted movement while snowboarding. It has the three main elements—waterproofing, windproofing, and breathability—to battle winter weather. Pull the hood over a helmet for riding lifts on ultra nasty days, and a waist gaiter serves as a barrier in deep powder to keep snow out of the jacket’s interior.
BURTON EASTFALL INSULATED JACKET FOR WOMEN
For women, this stylish Burton jacket has a patterned fabric for the sleeves, hood, and front pockets to offset the plain off-white body. Plenty of pockets allow places to stash goggles, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip protection, and hand warmers. The interior waist gaiter keeps snow out when riding in deep powder, and insulation provides the warmth.
K2 HAVEN SNOWBOARD BOOTS FOR WOMEN
These 2017-18 snowboard boots can help increase skill levels with a customized fit. No swimming in boots that are too loose! Get the perfect fit with Thermoformable foam liners, external J-bars, ratcheting laces, and dial fine-tuning. The medium-soft flex makes them best for beginner or intermediate riders.
SALOMON LAUNCH BOA SNOWBOARD BOOTS FOR MEN
For beginner or intermediate riders, the Salomon Launch snowboard boots employ a forgiving medium-soft flex for mastering heel-side and toe-side turns. The design keeps the heel in place while quick-pull laces allow for adjusting the comfort and action.
GIFTS FOR HIM
SMARTWOOL PHD MEDIUM SKI SOCKS
These Smartwool socks do the trick for skiers and snowboarders. Their breathability keeps the feet from feeling like a sweatbox. Merino wool provides the warmth, and nylon with a tidbit of elastane makes the socks fit snugly without bunching in boots. The over-the-calf height and cushioning prevents boots rubbing the shins.
THE NORTH FACE SALTY DOG BEANIE
This North Face beanie can pull on when the helmet comes off. Its lining gains softness from jersey fabric while the outer acrylic knit provides the warmth. The cuffed bottom struts The North Face logo.
ICEBREAKER WINTER ZONE LEGGINGS
These midweight layer leggings for winter sports are designed to keep men warm, even on frigid days. Made from merino wool with a touch of lycra for maintaining fit, the leggings have added polyester in the knees to prevent abrading the fabric with skiing or snowboarding movement. Flatlock seams help minimize chafing.
ICEBREAKER OASIS LONG UNDERWEAR TOP
For a top underlayer, this crew neck Icebreaker Oasis provides a base for warding chills during winter sports that mix heating from expending energy on downhills with cooling from sitting on chairlifts. The merino wool adds the warmth while the snug body fit prevents bulkiness. For ultra-warm spring days, shedding down to this layer still protects from the sun due to the UPF 50-plus fabric.
SMITH I/O CHROMAPOP SNOW GOGGLES
He’ll be able to attack the slopes better with these goggles with a wide field of vision, anti-fog technology, and clear optics without distortion. Lenses block 100 percent of UV rays, preventing eye damage. Light transmission varies by the choice of lens color. The goggles come in eight colors with a silicone-backed strap to keep them in place.
BLACK DIAMOND GUIDE GLOVES
These guide gloves are not just for ski guides, but men who want a functional glove for skiing with dexterity for easy movement. Warmth comes from wool, synthetic microfiber insulation, and fleece surrounded by waterproof, abrasion-resistant shells. Leather palms ensure a sturdy grip on poles and equipment.
OAKLEY JUPITER SUNGLASSES
These Oakley Jupiter Sunglasses rely on a standard-style frame with squared, polarized lenses for a long day in the sun. Lightweight nylon frames make them easy to wear all day, and the lenses reduce glare, cut UV rays, and give side coverage to protect the eyes in bright light.
ARMADA ARV 116 JJ SKIS
These powder boards with rockered tips and tails rely on a lightweight wood core for spring action off the groomed runs. Underfoot camber and sidecut aid turning in powder and on firmer snow. The skis come in three lengths: 175 cm, 185 cm, and 195 cm. Width dimensions are 139-116-135 mm. Strength and durability are added with tip and tail caps plus heat-treated edges.
THE NORTH FACE THERMOBALL TRICLIMATE 3-IN-1 JACKET
This ski or snowboard jacket has super versatility. Its 3-in-1 features can go from frigid days to spring. Waterproof fabric on the shell ensures staying dry while the insulated liner adds warmth. Wear either one separately or both together for maximum warmth. Other features include pit zips, a powder skirt, internal goggle pocket, and removable hood that is helmet compatible.
OUTDOOR RESEARCH SKYWARD JACKET
This breathable, waterproof shell jacket works to ward off the winter elements with storm flaps, taped seams, waterproof zippers, and a drawcord hem. Plenty of pockets can stow energy bars and sunglasses while the hood fits over a helmet. The shell allows for varied under layers based on weather and temperatures.
ARC’TERYX THETA SV BIB
These top-of-the-line bibs battle the elements well for winter mountain sports. They have all the necessary attributes for the nastiest weather: windproof, waterproof, durable, and breathable. The low-cut bib, articulated knees, and gusseted crotch allow freedom of movement, and powder cuffs keep snow out of downhill, snowboard, or backcountry boots.
GIFTS FOR HER
DARN TOUGH YETI MEDIUM SKI SOCKS
The Vermont company famed for their lifetime warranty on socks designed this breathable, moisture-wicking Merino wool pair of socks with a mountain theme. The medium cushion and over the calf length protect the legs from boot rubs.
Stuff a bandana in your pocket, and it serves multiple purposes during while skiing or riding. Use it for an extra neck layer, or when in the lodge for lunch, pull it over hair flattened from a helmet. These bandanas come in five colors with varied batik patterns.
SMARTWOOL MIDWEIGHT BASE LAYER BOTTOMS
Help her bundle up warm against the chill of riding chair lifts. These Smartwool bottoms made from non-itch merino wool have flat lock seams to prevent chafing and machine-washable, UPF 50+ fabric to protect against UV rays. The wide waistband, women’s cut, and snug fit are designed for a non-bulky feel.
SMARTWOOL MIDWEIGHT BASE LAYER TOP
For women, this crew-cut base layer top provides the first line protection against wind-chill and frigid temperatures. Merino wool adds the warmth while the UPF 50+ fabric protects against UV radiation on spring sunny days when shedding to this layer is necessary. Sculpted side panels add a slimmer fit while flat lock stitching and shoulder panels reduce chaffing.
SMITH I/O CHROMAPOP SNOW GOGGLES
Designed with a smaller frame especially for women, these ChromaPop goggles perform well on snow. With a wide field of vision, 100 percent UV blockage, and anti-fog properties, they increase safety on the slopes. For style matches, they come in 17 color combinations of lenses and frames.
DAKINE SEQUOIA INSULATED MITTENS FOR WOMEN
For ultra-cold days on the slopes, these insulated mittens will keep the fingers and hands warm. Treated shells repel water while a breathable, waterproof insert adds more protection from the elements. Synthetic insulation increases layers for warmth. For more adaptability, they can be worn with or without the fleece liners, and hand warmers slide into zippered pockets.
PATAGONIA SNOWBELLE INSULATED PANTS
The Patagonia Snowbelles are classic ski pants designed especially for women. These insulated, windproof, waterproof pants are made for snowy days riding chairlifts. Extra features include gaiters, scuff guards, and RECCO reflectors. The relaxed fit allows room to add long underwear as a base layer.
GIRO ERA MIPS SNOW HELMET
Designed in smaller sizes with internal adjustments for women, the Giro Era MIPS helmet helps protect the head from rotational forces that may be encountered when skiing or riding the most challenging runs on the mountain. Its low profile never feels clunky, and colors jazz up the feel. Vents add breathability.
MARMOT AVANT FEATHERLESS INSULATED HOODIE
This Marmot jacket looks exactly like a down puffy with a hood, but it’s featherless. For insulation, the synthetic fill copies the heating properties of down. But contrary to down, the synthetic material keeps warm when wet. For packing, you can squish the whole jacket into a pocket.
OUTDOOR RESEARCH SKYWARD SHELL FOR WOMEN
This helmet-compatible Outdoor Research shell lets you swap under layers to adapt to the weather of the day on the slopes. It’s waterproof, including the zipper, and has storm flaps to prevent snow from creeping inside.
GIFTS FOR KIDS
SMARTWOOL SKI RACER SOCKS
Even when kids are just beginning skiers or riders, send them out on the slopes decked out in Smartwool Ski Racer Socks for inspiration. The merino wool will keep them toasty while the name boosts confidence. Additional cushioning protects feet and shins from boot rubs.
REI MIDWEIGHT LONG UNDERWEAR BOTTOMS FOR BOYS
Cut and designed for boys, the REI Midweight Long Underwear Bottoms have features that parents like, such as odor-free fabric and UPF 50+ protection against UV rays. Kids just know that they are warm, and the moisture-wicking and quick-drying features keep them from feeling clammy and cold.
PATAGONIA MIDWEIGHT LONG UNDERWEAR BOTTOMS FOR GIRLS
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In hot pink or blue for girls, these Patagonia long underwear bottoms retain warmth from capilene, a combination of polyester, and sueded jersey spandex. In addition, the fabric has odor control, moisture wicking, and soft properties that make it more comfortable to wear. Its slim fit works well as base layer without creating bulkiness.
REI MIDWEIGHT LONG UNDERWEAR TOP FOR KIDS
In Indian Ocean blue that appeals to boys and girls, the REI Midweight Long Underwear Top doles out the warmth-factor with its polyester yarns and a flexing fit due to spandex. With the back hem slightly lower, the shirt stays tucked in even with falls over into the snow. Comfort and freedom in movement comes from flat seams, side gussets, and raglan sleeves.
ROSSIGNOL STOVE PIPE JUNIOR SKI POLES
These Rossignol poles are big on features built for kids. Their lightweight aluminum shafts are easier on the arms for a full day of skiing, and small grips fit kid-sized hands. Choose from five lengths that come in 5 cm increments, 85 cm to 105 cm.
SMITH DAREDEVIL OTG SNOW GOGGLES
With colors to appeal to girls or boys, these goggles are designed to be compatible with helmets and wearing glasses beneath. Safety comes from the 100 percent UV blockage, anti-fog treatment, and impact resistant lenses. The foam membrane eases pressure from eyeglasses.
REI PUFFY MITTENS FOR KIDS
Want to help your kids stay out on the ski slopes having fun? Keep their hands warm with REI Puffy Mittens. Puffiness comes from silk insulation, and inserts provide the protection from water and wind. By cinching down the gauntlet cuffs, you can keep snow out of the insides.
SUNCLOUD SONNY SUNGLASSES
For long ski or snowboard days under the sun, kids need sunglasses. These protect their eyes with polarized lenses that are impact resistant and cut harmful rays. Designed for kids ages 6-10, these lightweight lenses are easy to wear all day long.
SMITH HOLT JR. SNOW HELMET
Protect the kids with this Smith helmet. Fourteen vents allow for adjustments to the airflow to regulate temperature, and the special fit system adds customization of the two sizes. The injection-molded ABS exterior adds protection while earflaps provide warmth.
COLUMBIA BUGABOO SNOW PANTS
Just for kids, the Columbia Bugaboos keep the little rippers warm, dry, and out on the slopes having fun. The windproof and waterproof fabric defends them from the elements while the insulation adds warmth. Six sizes and adjustable options allow for easy fitting and a couple years of use during growth spurts.
VOLKL MANTRA JR. SKIS FOR KIDS
Get kids rocketing down the slopes with confidence in these Volkl Mantras designed especially for young skiers. They’ll love the maneuverability of the full rocker, and the 118-86-111 mm sidecut creates the turning fun. The Mantras come in two lengths: 138 cm and 148 cm.
TECNICA COCHISE TEAM SKI BOOTS
For pre-teens who are budding intermediate ski racers or freeriders, these stiff Tecnica boots can get them sailing on their way. The boots come in 4 sizes, with 4 ratchet buckles and thermoformable liners making the fit snug. Best of all, they flip between walk and ski mode to explore non-lift accessed zones.
GIFTS FOR BACKCOUNTRY SKIERS AND SNOWBOARDERS
BACKCOUNTRY ACCESS SLOPE METER
For skiers and snowboarders who travel into the backcountry, this slope meter helps assess risky pitches where avalanches may be more prone. Small enough to fit in a pocket, the meter is easy to use. Set the bottom edge on the gradient, and the tiny ball floats to the degree of the slope, from 0-50. Color coding helps identify the slope angles with the greatest potential for avalanching.
SNOW CLAW GUIDE SNOW SHOVEL
This snow shovel transforms from bendable to rigid when the handles squeeze together. As a shovel, its two handles make it a backcountry ski or snowboard tool for digging victims out of avalanches. But it can also serve as a snow anchor, emergency splint, or sled. Due to its flexibility and 12-by-12.5-inch size, it can fit easily inside a pack.
STAYING ALIVE IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN
Bruce’s Tremper’s Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain is a bible for backcountry skiers and snowboarders. Tremper, an expert in snow science, uses diagrams and pictures to illustrate step-by-step procedures for evaluating the hazard of avalanches, executing a safe travel plan, and preventing common human errors that cause accidents. The second edition includes up-to-date snow science.
BACKCOUNTRY ACCESS SNOW STUDY KIT
Everything needed for an assessment of the snowpack in the backcountry fits into this 11-ounce collection. The travel bag includes a slope meter, aluminum crystal card, magnifying loupe, and thermometer. Using these items helps to assess the snowpack stability, which contributes to making safe decisions for skiing or riding.
BLACK DIAMOND QUICKDRAW TOUR PROBE
When time is of the essence when searching for victims in an avalanche, the Black Diamond QuickDraw Tour Probe is a fast tool to put into action. One pull on the top loop snaps the segments into alignment. Markings every centimeter of the 240-centimeter length make for easy depth assessment, and the non-slip grip helps control the shaft.
OSPREY KAMBER 42 SNOW PACK
This internal-frame pack serves as a workhorse for winter ski trips. With the main compartment divided into two parts, gear can be separately stowed based on whether it is dry or wet. The outside has features to carry a pair of skis or a snowboard, a helmet, two ice tools, shovel, and probe. Best of all, it has buckles and zippers that you can operate with gloves.
BLACK DIAMOND EXPEDITION 3 SKI POLES
Give the backcountry skier on your list the gift of versatility. These aluminum ski poles adjust quickly with a flip of the locks (two per pole) to shorten or lengthen for hiking uphill, skiing downhill, or extended sidehill traverses. The poles collapse for travel and come with two basket styles to use them year-round for skiing or hiking.
G3 ALPINIST CLIMBING SKINS
These climbing skins use nylon material to provide grip for skiers ascending uphill and glide for sliding the skis forward. Waterproofing prevents snow sticking to the outer skin, while the adhesive on the inner side is designed to anchor the skins onto the skis well below zero. Stainless steel clips hook onto the tip and tail of skis. These 115 mm-wide skins come in other widths and can be trimmed to fit ski lengths and widths.
BACKCOUNTRY ACCESS TRACKER 3 AVALANCHE TRANSCEIVER
The updated Backcountry Access Tracker 3 takes the good parts of the Tracker 2, but goes smaller, thinner, and lighter for the backcountry where ounces matter. It has a real-time display with less lag, a multiple-burial search function, and 3 receiving antennas to help with precision when time matters. LED lights show the direction of victims, the display reads out the numeric distance, and a loudspeaker dittoes the information. A must-have for backcountry safety.
GIFTS FOR TRAVEL
DRYGUY TRAVEL BOOT DRYER
Slide a boot dryer into each liner after skiing or snowboarding, and in several hours they will be ready to go for more runs. A small fan in the front each element moves heated air around to speed up drying. Cords go to a plug-in adaptor for 120V AC drying at a lodge or 12V DC for drying in the car while traveling. The compact design stows easily in luggage.
SWIX F4 UNIVERSAL EASY GLIDE WAX
Perfect for waxing on the fly, Swix Universal wax works for giving ski or snowboard bases a spruce up to prevent sticking. Wipe it on with an easy-to-use rub-on applicator, and let it dry. With quick application, boards will be back in shape gliding through turns.
PATAGONIA BLACK HOLE WHEELED DUFFEL
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This 70-liter duffel can fit all the gear for a long weekend or a week on the slopes. It’s sturdy enough to stand up to the rigors of flying or a road trip. The outer fabric battles the elements with weatherproofing while internal and external pockets corral little items. An expandable handle and wheels make for easy hauling through resort lodges or along an icy cabin driveway.
THULE SNOWPACK 6 SKI/SNOWBOARD CARRIER
For road trips to the mountains, you can load six pairs of skis or four snowboards on top of the car in this Thule Snowpack 6 Carrier. The rack can accommodate different vehicles with height extensions, and the locking mechanism protects gear from theft. With a universal mounting system, the carrier can attach onto a variety of roof rack crossbar styles.