Skiers love gear, but it’s hard to know what to get them as they usually already have everything. Here we have a few choices that’ll be sure to please any skier. You can never go wrong with a pair of quality ski socks, and we’ve included our favorites here. Don’t be afraid to mix it up with some more creative options.
O-Frame® 2.0 PRO XM Snow Goggle
One of the classic frames from Oakley never goes out of style. The skier on your list will certainly be stoked to be rocking a pair of O-Frames this winter. With the mid sized fit these will be a good choice for most faces. We’ve always been big fans of Oakley’s High Definition Optics and the latest version of the O-Frame comes with corrected optics to make sure there is no distortion while you are ripping down the mountain. 12 color combinations make it easy to match anyone’s style. If you’ve got a skier on your list they will be stoked to find this pair of Oakley under the tree.
Smartwool Women's PhD® Ski Light Elite Pattern Socks
Your ski socks are one of the most important pieces of ski gear, cold feet, blisters, sock slippage, any number of these could have you sitting in the lodge rather than out on the slopes where you belong. A proper pair of ski socks can make your day much better. Smartwool makes some of the best socks in the game. This women’s specific model has all the right cushioning, compression, and ventilation to keep you comfortable all day long in your ski boots. Smartwool has some of our favorite merino and with their Indestructawool™ technology you can expect these socks to be in your rotation for years to come. With the light cushioning it keeps the socks low profile which seems counterintuitive to keeping your feet warm, but we find that thinner socks keep the blood flowing to your feet better and in turn keep your feet warmer. Although giving socks as gifts is sometimes frowned upon, there is no doubt these socks will buck that trend.
Having wax on your skis is one of the easiest ways to make sure your day on the hill is a good one. Most skiers don’t wax their skis enough, and we are here to change that! One major downside of waxing your skis often can be the environmental and health impacts. Many waxes use chemicals that are both bad for the environment and bad for your health. That is where mountainFLOW eco-wax comes out above the rest. Made out of plant-based biodegradable materials this wax will keep you moving quick down the slopes without harming you or the environment. With 4 different temperature options you’ll be sure to have the right wax for any conditions.
Outdoor Master PRO Plus Goggle
With the style and tech of a more expensive pair of goggles but the price to make it more reasonable for anyone looking to get into skiing. With super HD lenses you get a crisp view of your surroundings. A magnetic lens change system makes adapting to changing light conditions simple. Complete with Anti Fog coating, 100% UV400 protection and impact and scratch resistant lenses you’ll be getting a pair of goggles that could cost twice what these do.
Nike Pro Warm Men’s Tights
On extra cold days we like to layer up on the hill. These tights fit nicely under ski pants and can make the cold weather much more bearable. The sweat wicking fabric keeps you nice and dry so you don’t risk the dreaded freezing sweat. The light compression keeps the tights in place while moving about the mountain. Be sure to include these tights on those extra cold days when you want to stay warm and on the mountain.
Marmot Men’s Randonnee Gloves
Randonnee is French for Alpine Touring or backcountry skiing; that’s exactly what these gloves were made for. Featuring a waterproof and breathable glove insert and DriClime lining to wick moisture away from the skin and keep you comfortable as you earn your turns. Good articulation and dexterity so you can keep your gloves on while transitioning from skin to ski saves time and keeps your hands protected from the elements.
Darn Tough Alpenglow Over-The-Calf-Light
Darn Tough has some ultra classic tried and true sock designs, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t always tinkering and improving. The Alpenglow is the latest addition to their ski sock lineup. Containing all the features that Darn Tough socks are known for with an updated fit, these socks will be your new favorite ski socks.
Airblaster Hoodless Ninja Suit - Women's
This one-piece baselayer is perfect for the lady shredder on your list. With a form-fitting design and stretchy fabric, this piece hugs your body making for an ultra-comfy and warm baselayer. A 360 degree makes using the bathroom a breeze and the zippered turtle neck keeps cold air from seeping in.