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.
Backcountry Cottonwoods Gore-Tex Jacket - Men's
This jacket is burly. If you live for storm skiing you’ll be pleased to know that the Cottonwoods jacket will have you warm, dry, and comfortable so you can keep lapping all day long. Featuring all the bells and whistles you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more feature-rich jacket. We love the big roomy pockets for stashing all our essentials on the mountain. The jacket has a bit of a baggier fit leaving plenty of room for layers and keeping you mobile and keeping the snow out. We’ve tested this jacket both inbounds and in the backcountry. Although Backcountry states it was built for resort riding, if you are looking for a do it all jacket for a great price, this could be your answer. From the park to the backcountry you'll be in good hands with the Cottonwoods Jacket.
Oakley Flight Deck™ XL Snow Goggles
If you have a certified shredder on your list this year they’ll surely love the Flight Deck XL. Inspired by Fighter Pilot helmet visors these goggles give you a super-wide field of view so you can have no obstructions in your vision while flying down the mountain. The Ridgelock lens change system makes it easy to swap lenses for changing light conditions. Some people demand the highest performing gear while on the mountain. If that is you, or someone you are shopping for these goggles are sure to live up to sky-high standards.
Icebreaker Sonebula Long Sleeve Top
A good base layer is a key to staying comfortable all day on the mountain. We’ve been wearing Icebreaker Merino for years and it has never let us down. The Sonebula features Icebreaker’s most versatile merino jersey fabric and a midweight fabric that strikes the balance between too heavy and too light helping you regulate your temperature on the slopes. Icebreaker’s wool is always soft to the touch and incredibly comfortable next to skin. The Sonebula line features flatlock seams positioned strategically to allow for maximum mobility. Sonebula comes in Men’s and Women’s Tops and Bottoms. With unique details and colors anyone would be stoked to get their hands on a Sonebula set from Icebreaker.
The North Face Corefire Down Jacket
When the temps really start to plummet you’ll want a jacket that can keep you warm so you don’t miss any of those epic turns that the storm brings. The Corefire Down Jacket is the ultimate cold weather jacket, featuring a mix of synthetic and down insulation and the FUTURELIGHT™ fabric. You’ll stay warm and dry no matter what the weather brings. Convenient on-mountain features like goggle and media pockets, helmet-compatible hood, and a powder skirt helps the Corefire be right at home on the slopes.
Hestra Fall Line Glove
Hestra has been known to make some of the best gloves in the industry. We’ve been using the Fall Line gloves for 5 seasons of heavy use and they are just now starting to show some signs of wear. With premium cowhide leather the gloves are soft and supple requiring no break-in time. We love the low-profile velcro closure that easily slips under your jacket cuffs. These gloves are warm, but not too warm; you won’t want to rely on these for those truly frigid days on the hill. For the majority of your days, these gloves are the perfect companion.
Kulkea Thermal Trekker Heated Ski Boot Bag
Suffer from cold feet? This boot bag is your ticket to happy feet and longer days on the mountain. With the innovative design from Kulkea, your boots get heated from all sides making sure to evenly heat your boots and a bonus central compartment that you can stash apparel, gloves, or anything you want to keep warm. With pockets and attachments to keep all your ski gear organized the die-hard skier on your list will be eager to have this bag ready for the coldest of days this season.
GoPro HERO10 Black
The 10th Edition of GoPro Hero is here! The HERO10 Black is the latest and greatest from the action camera brand. It is hard to believe we’ve had this many iterations, it seems like just yesterday that we were following friends around toting a GoPro HD Hero 1. The HERO10 Black has certainly come a long way since those days. The HERO10 Black shoots up to 5.3k at 60fps which is a pretty incredible feat for such a small package. The HyperSmooth 4.0 ensures you get the most steady video possible no matter what kind of rough and tumble activity you are trying to capture. Anyone on your list will be stoked to unwrap one of these. We did a more in-depth review of the HERO10 Black here.
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.
Hydro Flask 32 oz Wide Mouth
Whether embarking on a short hike or a serious overnight, hydration is mission critical. Hydro Flask’s double-walled 32 oz wide-mouthed water bottle insulates liquids, keeping hot drinks warm for 12 hours and cold drinks frosty for a full 24. The versatile 32 oz size is perfect for daily life and backcountry adventures alike. In the summer, we stuff this Hydro Flask with ice cubes, then fill it with water or an electrolyte drink mix for long hikes. When ski-touring or camping in the winter, hot cocoa, tea, coffee, or even spiked apple cider are our drinks of choice. No matter the season, this durable, practical Hydro Flask will have you sipping in style for many years to come.
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.
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.