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Gift Guide: Expert approved snow gear

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As snow returns to the mountains and the peaks all turn sparkling white, skiers, snowboarders and adventurers dream of powder days. Help the snow lovers in your life explore their favorite winter wonderlands with top gear at a low price.

1. Layer up in a fully-featured ski jacket: Mammut Stoney HS Jacket   

The perfect hard shell for layering at the resort, the Stoney jacket is packed with features. Using Mammut DRYtechnology and an elastic material, this jacket provides freedom of movement alongside waterproof breathability.

“Lots of great features for such a simple jacket. I’m a big fan of the helmet-compatible hood, wide cuffs, simple powder skirt, and pit zips. I chose this jacket because of the pocket configuration and longer fit, and both are great. The Stoney has a nice long torso with a bit of room for layers, which is…” Read More

 Nils Aberg
Gardenswartz Outdoor – Durango Sport Retail Employees
ExpertVoice member since 2021

2. Get cozy in stylish base layers: Corbeaux TJ Pant

Colorado-based Corbeaux makes fashion-forward and high-performance next-to-skin apparel for athletic pursuits. These breathable base layers can handle a variety of weather and are made for quick-drying comfort.

“Great fit. Warm all day long without being bulky. Excellent movement while skiing.”

 Justin Murray
Vail Resorts Employees
ExpertVoice member since 2020

3. Surf powder with a pop of color: Kemper Aggressor Snowboard

Kemper puts the fun back in snowboarding with bright colors, ‘80s graphics and epic boards. The Kemper Aggressor is an all-mountain snowboard built to perform on groomers and epic pow days alike.

“This was my first board by Kemper, and I am impressed. I’ve used it on the Whistler slopes in various conditions all season (powder, soft packed, crud, etc.), and this thing is a friggin snow plow. The balance is great and it really does want to help you stay on your feet. Powder days are great and I don’t…” Read More

Sukh Jhangri
Canada Snowboard
ExpertVoice member since 2021

4. Prepare for the backcountry: Mammut Barryvox

The Barryvox® offers top-of-the-line beacon technology with simple navigation and clear instructions. From an easy-to-read display to buttons that can be operated even wearing gloves, shock-proof housing and a simple visual interface, the Barryvox® shows that powerful performance and sophisticated search guidance do not need to be complicated.

“I really like the simplicity of the display. In the field I need clear information without bells and whistles. I usually carry my beacon in the chest harness, and I like that the design of the Barryvox is that you can’t put it away with out it switching it back to send mode. I’m also a fan of the switch, it makes it easy to use with gloves on.”

Mcevan Scofield
ExpertVoice member since 2013


5. Warm up fingers fast:  Swany X-Cell 2.1 Mitt

Swany makes performance gloves for people who live and breathe winter. Swany’s full lineup of gloves has your hands and fingers covered in toasty warmth and dryness. The X-Cell 2.1 Mitt uses high-quality leather and insulation for toasty fingers on chilly days.

“Mitts are crafted & stitched very very well. Quality is evident throughout the mitt. With activity the mitts are very warm but the built in hand warmer pocket on the top side of the mitts is genius!!! Provides warmth over blood circulation which is immediately noticeable and definitely provides warm…” Read More

Chris Rinna
Law Enforcement
ExpertVoice member since 2019

6. Protect the noggin: Switcher Mips Helmet

The award-winning Switcher helmet offers low weight and volume with extra reinforcement in critical areas for protection on the mountain. With 22 vents and Mips technology, this helmet offers safety on the slopes.

“A sign of good gear is when you don’t have to think about it when skiing. Comfortable helmet and the venting is super adjustable to get the right temp for the conditions. The magnetic chin strap hook works great and is easy to use with gloves on. Ear pieces are comfy and don’t hurt the ears. One of the best I’ve had.

Kurt Anderson
Mt. Bachelor Employees
ExpertVoice member since 2020

7. See through any conditions: Clockwork RIG Goggles

The Clockwork RIG Goggles are low-volume, snug-fitting goggles that provide a massive field of view on the slopes. With Sweet Protection top goggle technology, the Clockwork RIG Goggles offer 100% UV protection with a crystal-clear view on the slopes.

Product features: 

  • RIG lens technology: Superior contrast, minimal color distortion, and reduced eye fatigue.
  • GORE protective vents: Equalizes pressure for minimal optical distortion. 
  • Clear AF inner lens technology: Triples anti-fog effectiveness compared to standard inner lenses.
  • 100% UV protection.

8. Earn turns in the backcountry: Weston Ridgeline Splitboard x Vernan Kee

Inspired by Colorado’s backcountry, Weston empowers boarders to go forth and slay pow. The Ridgeline combines the best of all-mountain and freeride splitboards to take on open bowls, steep terrain and powder days.

Product features: 

  • Wood Composition: 71% Poplar, 26% Paulownia, 3% Bamboo 
  • Shape: Tapered Directional 
  • Camber profile: Freeride

9. Ski free on any terrain: Weston Skyline Skis x Haa Aaní Alliance

From lapping frontside groomers to sending cliffs and popping offside hits, the Skyline excels all over the mountain. This nimble 95mm-underfoot ski uses a freeride camber profile to float through powder while still offering pop and a steady edge.

Product features

  • Wood composition: 80% Poplar, 20% Bamboo
  • Camber profile
  • 95mm underfoot width

10. Take on mountains one step at a time: Snowfoot Zugspitze

Snowfoot offers award-winning snowshoes from the Italian alps. Using a hybrid design for 360° mobility, steep slope performance and all-terrain conquests, the Snowfoot Zugspitze looks and acts totally different from other snowshoes.

“I’ve used quite a few and the Snowfoot is easily the best and the most versatile. No more annoying floppy snowshoe. No more cumbersome storage. Small, light, and easy to use for anyone. Have two pairs but would not hesitate to add another” 

Camden Moore
USA Cycling
ExpertVoice member since 2018

11. Better your balance: The Skill Board

This game-changing balance board builds functional balance and strength in a full 360-degree range of motion. The Skill Board is the perfect training tool for increasing balance, especially to prep for days on the slopes.

“More challenging than an Indo board, but not to the level where it’s hard to get started. Great progression. I think the front-to-back movement has improved my snowboarding especially balance staying up in low pitch thick powder. Some things worth mentioning: – Grip tape appeared harsh…” Read More

Jeffrey Eimer
IMBA Members
ExpertVoice member since 2021

Happy shopping! 

We hope you have fun getting all the gifts crossed off your shopping list this season. To check out everything our brands are offering for friends-and-family purchases, visit this page.

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