Not sure what to get your snow crazed loved ones for the holidays? Not to worry! The SnowBrains team has compiled a list of the best ski/snowboard gifts to give (and get) this holiday season. We’ve got gift ideas for every budget from ski bum to ski millionaire.
The 2015 SnowBrains Holiday Gift Guide
– UNDER $5 –
Does your ski resort only have bluebird days? Thought so. This simple device slips onto one of your glove fingers and is a life saver in wet days. It’s a windshield wiper for your goggles!
– UNDER $20 –
Do you love skin cancer? Neither do we. Shred those warm spring days in style with a Buff, which blocks out 95% of harmful UV rays. These puppies also help with keeping wind and snow out of your face in the winter.
– UNDER $50 –
Don’t you hate it when you can’t make it to full extension on that spread eagle because your pants are sagging? Get the super comfy, low-profile arcade belt and upgrade any pair of ski pants. Better yet, upgrade any pair of pants period. The stretchy belt doesn’t feel restrictive like a leather or canvas belt and will make any pair of pants feel like sweat pants!
If you’re not skiing with Booster straps on your boots, you’re not skiing to your full potential. Boot Fitter’s Tip: place booter strap so it is only touching the tongue of the boot in front and none of the plastic. You want to be able to flex the strap, then have it recoil and give you energy.
– UNDER $100 –
To the delight of those with smaller faces, Oakley has added a midsized offering to its Flight Deck series, the Oakley Flight Deck XM Goggles. Its field of vision is outstanding, even in the more compact package. It fits nice n’ snug with most helmets, and lens swapping is a breeze with the lens-to-subframe Ridgelock system. We recommend the Prizm Jade Iridium lens (shown) for kick-ass visibility in all conditions.
– Freeskier Magazine
Once you’ve chosen the right ski boots for you, gotten them punched out, gotten custom footbeds made, gotten custom liners made, you’re going to have one helluva pair of powerful, comfortable, high performance boots on your feet. Your ordinary old ski Ford Mustang boots have now been transformed into a Lamborghini Diablo.
If you slay the chimney, but nobody sees it, did it really happen? Make sure to get all that fresh footy on film for the world to see with a slick new GoPro.
– UNDER $500 –
Favorite Features: The PowSlayer Jacket reminded us of that “one friend” who’s annoyingly good at every lawn game at the barbecue. The features and fit on the PowSlayer make it a versatile go-to, whether touring the backcountry or lapping the tow. The multitude of pockets (both internal and external), low-profile powder skirt and 3-layer GOR-TEX Pro fabric will make you the envy of the party come Sunday afternoon.
Fit: The medium (U.S. M) tested fit well on someone who normally wears a large. If you’re looking for a slimmer, more athletic fit, consider sizing down.
– UNDER $1,000 –
What do you get when you combine World Cup technology, a full wood core, two sheets of metal and a small amount of tip and tail rocker? “Easy to ski and plenty of performance,” according to Stoeger. Nordica’s Enforcer impressed testers with its tight 17-meter turning radius, even with its broad 100-mm waist. Many called it a wide, one-ski quiver and awarded it high scores across the board, not to mention dubbing it the most versatile of all the men’s AMB skis. “This ski is good for skiers who like quick, high-energy rebound from their high-performing ski,” says Witman.
– UNDER $10,000 –
“In November 2015, I was fortunate enough to guide 4 fun skiers in Antarctica for a week with Ice Axe Expeditions aboard the 331-foot Sea Adventurer. It was by far the coolest trip I’ve ever been on anywhere. Not just the coolest ski trip I’ve been on, but the coolest trip I’ve been on anywhere.” – Miles Clark
Do you REALLY love your giftee? Or yourself? Do you ever watch the ski movies and think “Yea, I bet I could ski those crazy AK spines if I had a heli.” Well, here is your chance.