If you’re stuck for a gift to get a skier or snowboard, look no further than our list of ideas for that powder hound in your life.
Keep your recipient warm with a cozy baselayer from either Helly Hansen or Icebreaker.
HH has been at it for a while, and its lineup of proven base layers are solid staples for any skier or snowboarder.
Icebreaker’s Merino line is one of the newer kids on the block, but the clothing is just as warm as HH’s. Because its natural wool resists odor, you don’t need to wash it for days, and sometimes weeks (depends on how active you are).
You can also scan a barcode on Icebreaker Merino garments to see which farm the wool came from.
Normally, we’d suggest that you stay away from goggles as a gift, since it can be a really personal choice. But the exception is with super cool smart goggles that connect to your smartphone and give you heads-up data displays.
No, we’re not talking about a feature from the James Bond movie Spectre. There are already several high-tech goggles on the market, such as the Oakley Airwave goggles.
They connect via Bluetooth to your smartphone to give you control of data while you ski or ride.
With the built-in heads up display, you can see analytics such as distance, height, air time and location.
Users can also see incoming calls, read texts, and get updates of their friends’ locations with the heads up display.
Ski boot heaters
I wish these things were around when I was learning to ski.
Therm-ic boot heaters heat ski boots with a thin cut flexible insole that you place inside the liner. Two thin wires attach to a battery pack on the outside of the boot at the back, keeping your toes nice and toasty no matter how frigid it gets outside.
From getting down bunny hills to dropping cliffs, skiers and snowboarders can relive their adrenaline rush moments by capturing it on video.
There are several different flavours of action cameras to chose from, but you can’t go wrong with a camera from GoPro.
Their range-topping model is the Hero4 Black, which retails for about $500. It can capture video in super high resolution 4K detail at 30 frames per second, or record fantastic slo-motion action at 120 fps in 1080p HD. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth lets users pair the camera with their phone or tablet to share and stream the action. Less intense models are available for less money.
This one may be a little tricky, but find out if your recipient needs an extra pair of gloves or mitts. If they have a pair of mitts but don’t have gloves, a safe bet would be to opt for the set they don’t have.
Quality-wise, make sure what you’re getting is on par with what they already have. If they swear by leather gloves with padding, a pair of cheapo synthetic gloves will be relegated to the top shelf, seldom used. If they’re OK with inexpensive gloves, a leather upgrade will be a very welcomed addition.
A skier or snowboarder can never have too many socks in their arsenal, especially those who go on week-long trips in the mountains.
Hand and toe warmer packets
Widely available at your local winter sports shop, these hand and foot warmers are small packets that heat up when exposed to air. Your best bet is to get these as a stocking stuffer for the skier or snowboarder in your life, since they’re fairly cheap. Avid wintersports enthusiasts will go through quite a few of them every year.
Ski lock (SkiKey)
If they already have a good snowboard or pair of skis, find out if they have a look to go with it. If not, a ski key is a great gift that offers peace-of-mind. Whether they’re popping in to the lodge for a pee, or unwinding at the bar after a day on the slopes, they’ll be able to relax knowing that their gear is secured.
Overall, don’t get:
Skis, boots, bindings, jackets, snowpants, sugnlasses – unless you know exactly which model they want.