They might be home for the holidays, but it's clear that a skier's mind is in the mountains. Bring them back to the living room for a minute by giving them something to look forward to. Here are our picks of the best gear that will make their time on the mountain that much more epic.
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Line Sick Day 102 Skis
The Sick Day 102’s are an award-winning mix of narrower-waist skis better on the groomers and the wider, more powder-specific models. A do-anything ski that can shred first tracks in the morning and rip arcs on hard-pack groomers all afternoon.
Full Tilt boots' three-piece shell design might look a little strange, but trust us, they do the job. First Chair 10 ramps up the boot’s stiffness for better control and responsiveness without sacrificing Full Tilt’s well-earned reputation for comfort and warmth with their Intuition custom liners. One of the lightest boots on the market with replaceable rubber soles for added traction and durability make them the perfect boot for hardcore skiers.
The Holden Faber Bib Pant combines the features and functionality of a one-piece without the unfortunate layering and bathroom break pitfalls. This bib is just as comfortable during a day at the resort as it is shredding deep powder in the backcountry thanks to fully sealed seams, relaxed fit, and waterproof but breathable 20k Ottoman fabric.
A fun throwback to skiing’s rowdiest era, the 1970’s, the Howler Bro’s Disco Beanie, made with a warm acrylic knit and large fold-over cuff and sporting a multicolored ball topper keeps it classic. Available in Red, White, and Blue “Patriot” colors or the sand rust color and sky blue “West Coast.”
One of our favorite new down jackets this year is the superwarm, lightweight Fuego Jacket from Cotopaxi. Combining body-mapped panels of water-resistant 800-fill goose down and breathable Porlartec Alpha insulation, the Fuego jacket locks in core warmth while releasing excess heat. Where the Fuego really sets itself apart is when action of any kind is involved. Instead of immediately overheating, the Fuego transforms into a high-performance breathable shell. Perfect for the transition between a long, cold chairlift ride and heart-pumping mogul run.
Not every ski enthusiast can hit the mountains every day, much less every weekend. That's what ski movies are for. Our favorites this year are TGR’s newest snow film Tight/Loose and Powder Magazine’s Monumental. Tight/Loose celebrates TGR’s 21st birthday and is a fast-paced, multi-continent, powder-filled smorgasbord of snow porn. Monumental is a bit slower, following backcountry skiers as they explore the mountains within U.S National Parks.
What skier doesn’t love a new pair of goggles? Smith’s new I/O7 Chromo Pop’s are one of the best new pairs out this year. A single-pivot quick release makes changing lenses easy, and Smith’s patented AirEvac ventilation and 5X anti-fog technology keep them fog-free while the expertly designed contoured frame hugs any-shaped face tightly. The I/O7 goggles integrate seamlessly with Smith’s range of helmets and the spherical lenses provide a large field of view while Chromo Pop makes colors come to life and handle flat light conditions extremely well.
Every skier needs a good gear bag — something big enough to fit all their bulky winter equipment and clothing in but easy enough to carry on their back. Mystery Ranch’s new Mission Duffle 90 does this and more. Tough and rugged, waterproof TPU-coated 1000D Nylon keeps the duffle’s contents dry, and a horseshoe-shaped zipper allows easy access into the middle of the bag. Backpack straps make carrying a heavy load easy without the added weight and rust-prone hassle of wheels. With 90L of volume, it will fit all their ski gear with room to spare.
Perhaps the ultimate gift for skiers who like to travel and check out a bunch of different resorts. The Mountain Collective Pass gives the gift of 28 total days of skiing and 50 percent off lift tickets on any additional days. There‘s also lodging deals available to Mountain Collective pass holders and no blackout dates. This includes two days riding at some of the best resorts in the world. Ski areas like Alta/Snowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Revelstoke, Banff, Squaw Valley, Stowe, Sun Valley, Taos, and Telluride along with Southern Hemisphere destinations like Thredbo in Australia and three different Queenstown, New Zealand, resorts.
The go-to gift for any skier, long underwear should always be made of merino wool. The Shaun-Off 3/4 Long John is a great choice. The length matches up with ski socks, avoids overlap, and wicks sweat like no other base layer we've tried.
The Long Sleeve "Duct Tape" from Mons Royale is made with breathable and ultra-soft merino wool from New Zealand that's perfect for layering but comfortable enough for a Sunday nap by the fire. The merino wool wicks sweat away from the skin with the added bonus of being odor resistant.
The North Face’s Kelvin Glove is a workhorse that keeps hands and fingers dry and warm in any type of winter weather. Fit-specific features like a Ladder Lock wrist cinch and North Face’s patented 5-Dimensional Fit and Radiametric Articulation help keep hands in their natural and relaxed position and increase dexterity. Made from a buttery soft and durable cowhide leather, the gloves feature GORE-TEX technology to keep them waterproof and comfortable. The lifetime warranty is also pretty nice.
A great stocking stuffer for the early-rising skier, Pourtables Coffee offers a delicious, fresh, small-batch, pour-over-quality brew in an easy to-go package. The only thing you need is hot water. Each packet is filled with pre-ground organic coffee in a pour-over filter. Open the pouch, set the filter on top of a coffee mug or thermos and pour the hot water over it.
Long days on the slopes means skin gets exposed to a combination of elements. Wind, cold, snow, and sun all combine to brutalize skiers, especially their faces and lips. Give them the gift of protection from the elements with the natural zinc oxide–based sunscreen and lip balms from Beyond Coastal.