The Best Gifts for Skiers and Snowboarders

An epic array of apparel, hard goods and accessories any serious shredder will be stoked to unwrap.

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Skiing and snowboarding have high barriers to entry thanks largely to the vast array of gear required just to get started. The upside is that shopping for a skier or boarder will never leave one bereft of options. Witness the following list, which is packed with apparel, hard goods and accessories — at a variety of price points — that any powder hound will love.

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OutdoorMaster Ultra XL Snow Goggles and Lens Bundle
xl snow goggles and lens
Outdoor Master

$76 at OutdoorMaster

Get the skier or snowboarder in your life (or yourself) the gift of clear vision on the slopes with these premium goggles from OutdoorMaster. Made with Super HD technology, a powerful anti-fog coating, Toric Lens-Ultimate field of vision and with multiple lens options for variable conditions, the Ultra XL is sure to help pick out every nuance on the snow surface and protect your eyes while you tackle the slopes. OutdoorMaster is the official supplier to the U.S. Ski Team, so it stands to reason that if its goggles work for the nation's top athletes, they are sure to work for you. Plus, Gear Patrol readers can take 15 percent off their next order — simply use the code OutdoorMasterGP15 at checkout.

Carhartt Acrylic Watch Hat

This comfy beanie keeps the noggin warm on and off the slopes and is bound to score some street cred points with the lifties. Bonus: it’s available in 27 colors.

GSI Outdoors Boulder Flask

A little nip can be just the ticket to calming those nerves before a big run, and that's more easily managed with a flask. This one is lightweight, translucent (so you can see how much is left) and shatter-proof — meaning it's perfect for the slopes.

Zippo Hand Warmer, 12-Hour - Blaze Orange
Amazon
Zippo
Now 12% off

Refillable, flameless and safe-to-the-touch, Zippo's Hand Warmer is perfect for keeping anyone's digits warm between runs. And they're so small, you don't have to worry about how much space they take up with the rest of your kit.

Yeti Rambler 12 oz Bottle
Yeti

A half-twist of the HotShot cap allows for easy sipping, while double-wall vacuum insulation keeps beverages warm (or cold) from first tracks to last chair. It's also available in 12 handsome colors.

Vermont Smoke & Cure 3-Flavor Beef and Pork Sticks

These easily shareable BBQ, Cracked Pepper and Chipotle-flavored snacks are free of artificial preservatives, antibiotics and added hormones. They’re also freakin’ delicious. 

Airblaster Classic Ninja Suit

This toasty first layer boasts a variety of smart-fit features, including four-way stretch AirTech fabric, a full-length front zip and a 350-degree waist zip to accommodate all of nature’s calls. (Price varies with color and size.)

The North Face ThermoBall Bootie
The North Face

With a water-resistant ripstop upper, cozy PrimaLoft synthetic insulation and a grippy rubber outsole, these après booties are a welcome respite from even the least oppressive ski boot. (Price varies with color and size.)

Saxx Viewfinder

Saxx's cozy new midweight base layer ups the comfort with merino wool, outfacing seams and an ergonomic fit. The half-zip adds a measure of climate control. 

Goal Zero Venture 35 Portable Charger Power Bank
Amazon

With its weatherproof and crushproof exterior, 9,600mAh battery (good for 2+ iPhone charges), integrated 50-lumen flashlight and compact format, this is the perfect adventure-ready battery pack for mountain-going adventurers.

Burton GORE-TEX Mitten
Backcountry
Burton

Dryride fabric and GORE-TEX insert means these mittens are going to keep hands dry and toasty.

Bombas Merino Wool Ski & Snowboard Sock 3-Pack
Bombas

Traditionally, socks are looked at as a dud gift. But they're imperative to keeping your feet warm and protected on the slopes. When paired with their fun colors, these ones are a surefire hit.

DryGuy DX Forced Air Boot Dryer
Amazon

Not only can this handy device warm up some boots before heading out in the snow, but it can also be used to dry them out after a long day on the slopes, which will even help curb the growth of bacteria in your snowboard and/or ski boots, meaning they'll be less stinky, too.

The North Face Snomad 45L Backpack

Designed for skiers and snowboarders alike (and with built-in storage for both), this weatherproof pack is spacious, convenient, and even boasts a construction of partially recycled materials.

The Best Travel Mugs Money Can Buy
rambler
Yeti

When you’re on the go or off on a big adventure, a top-notch coffee keeper is critical — and these picks are just perfect.

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Zeal Beacon Goggles

It's hard to tell but these goggles feature an aggressively angled lens. The innovative design cuts glare, increases vertical peripheral vision and helps you focus on what's important: the way down.

Smith Aleck 006 Wireless Helmet Audio Kit

Not only can this device turn any helmet into a one-touch walkie-talkie, but it also has Bluetooth connectivity and Siri/Google Assistant compatibility, so you can also connect it to your phone for longer-distance calls. Oh yeah, and it can pipe music into your helmet.

California Cowboy High Sierra Shirt

The High Sierra is packed with après-friendly features: a thermal lining, a dry pocket, a locker loop for gloves and an extra pocket in back for stashing, well, an extra beer. 

Duer Fireside Denim Slim

These stylish jeans have a secret ingredient perfect for mountain towns: a fleece lining woven into the fabric ensures that even when temperatures get low, the wearer will be riding high.

Dakine Fall Line Ski Roller Bag
Evo
Dakine

If you're looking to gift the best ski bag, look no further than the Dakine Fall Line Ski Roller. 

Burton Covert Insulated Jacket

Sharp style, technical quality and affordability convene in the Covert, which boasts Dryride fabric to ward off wind and wetness, mapped Thermolite insulation to deliver much-needed warmth to the core and Living Lining for breathability. 

Tipsy Elves Santa Fe Shredder Ski Suit

A waterproof shell, handy pockets, adjustable cuffs and zippered ventilation at the underarms and inner thighs ensure this suit performs as good as it looks. 

Sweet Protection Grimnir II MIPS TE Helmet

With a lightweight carbon-fiber shell, MIPS to minimize rotational forces and EPS foam to absorb and spread out impact, the Grimnir II just might be the smartest helmet money can buy. 

POC Obex MIPS Communication Helmet
Backcountry

The chief difference between this and other MIPS helmet options is that this one has an integrated wireless communication system, meaning you can keep in touch with friends on the mountain with just the push of a button. 

686 GLCR Gore-Tex Stretch Dispatch Bib Pant

Waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex keeps precipitation out while letting sweat escape. Hip vents allow additional heat dumping, and stretch fabric permits even the most acrobatic ski stunts.

Mammut Barryvox Beacon

The mountains can be a dangerous place, especially when chasing after fresh powder. That's why every backcountry skier or snowboarder should keep an avalanche beacon handy, in case disaster strikes. Better to be safe than sorry.

Theragun PRO Percussive Massager

Skiing and snowboarding are both deceptively strenuous activities, which may leave you much sorer than other types of exercise. Curb the soreness and relieve your muscles with this top-tier percussive massager so you can get back on the slopes faster.

GoPro HERO10 Black Action Camera

The must-know name in the action camera space, there's no better way to capture anyone's off-the-beaten-path adventures than with a GoPro. This is the latest and greatest and is loaded to the gills with top-notch tech and a suite of easy-to-use features.

Rossignol XV Sushi LG Splitboard

Detach this board's two halves and strap on some skins to hike deep into the backcountry. Then reassamble for a ride so smooth and surfy, you’d never guess it's a split. We know because we've tried it!

Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition Skis

Our pick for the best skis available right now, these planks are favored by amateurs and professionals alike and they're made to perform beautifully across every run on the mountain, be that fresh backcountry powder or a well-groomed, highly-trafficked one.

Black Diamond Equipment Jetforce Tour Pack 26L
Now 20% off

In an avalanche, this pack instantly inflates to float you above the snow and potentially save your life. It also recharges for re-use in less than an hour, but if you happen to trigger two avalanches in one day, it’s high time to hit the bar.

The 12 Best Down Jackets of 2021
best down jackets gear patrol lead full 970×650
Chandler Bondurant

These top picks for lightweight, innovative down jackets will keep you warm from when the leaves fly until the snow melts next spring.

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