Oakley Radarlock Sunglasses
Easily interchangeable polarized lenses diffuse the winter brights, and a rubberized nose and ear tips give this sleek eyewear a comfy, secure fit for all-day wear. ($220; oakley.com)
Skis & Boots
Sure, you can rent gear almost anywhere you go, but if you ski more than a couple of times a year, it’s better to buy your own. Choose a light, nonmetal-edged system boot with matching binding, and a ski with a waist width of 48–70mm for maximum terrain versatility. Our pick: an easy-entry ski like the Atomic Mover 48. ($280; atomic.com)
Snowshoeing also melts the pounds away—about 650 calories per hour—giving you a minimal-gear option to singe calories when the white stuff has staked its claim. Our favorite shoes on the market are the cutting-edge, adjustable snowshoes with clip-out crampons from Kahtoola. ($279; kahtoola.com)
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