The ultimate 2020 holiday gift guide for the skier or snowboarder in your life
Preface: Picking out gifts for that skier or snowboarder can seem difficult, especially with personal style and color options ranging so drastically between one person to another. But have no fear, we at Snowledge have compiled an ultimate list to help guide you with options any avid skier or snowboarder would love to get this holiday season. With a range of prices and options you are sure to find something to suit that special someone.
$200 and up, location and facilitator dependant
Whether you are an inbounds powder lover or want to take your adventure into the backcountry, knowing how to read snowpack and rescue a friend are important skills to have in any arsenal. Taking an avalanche course is the best way to learn, so therefore giving the gift of knowledge is not only a great way to keep that special someone safer in the sport they love, but maybe even join in on the class and get yourself up to speed as well. Due to the increased popularity of backcountry skiing this season spots are filling up fast in every region, so pop onto your local avalanche forecast website and check out the courses offered near you. Another option is the intro to backcountry courses where skiers can start to hone their backcountry skills and begin their educational journey.
Who doesn’t need more socks??? Most all people that have feet like a good pair of socks. Options range from ski or snowboard specific to the woolie apre variety. Add in a classic design and everyone’s feet will be happy.
Multi-Functional Mid Layer
A light jacket that works under the outerwear keeps you looking good in their transition from the mountain to the city/ski town too. Guys and gals can enjoy this look with easy snaps and a light insulation layer.
Trew Snap Jack
$18.50 or a set of 4 for $65
Keeping our gear waxed and ready for any condition is a true skier or snowboarder’s labor of love. This season why don’t you throw in a little love for the environment too with MountainFlow Eco-Wax, a plant based wax that is not only super fast and a high performing, but also biodegradable. It’s a great way to protect the place all these mountain enthusiasts love.
Mountainflow eco-wax Hot Wax
Whether your special someone likes to venture into the backcountry or ride around resorts, we at Snowledge find endless uses of our radios and love having them around. Even though they are designed for backcountry use, they are also a great way to chat with family and friends if they are riding in different areas of the resort and cell service is poor or too clogged up from crowds. It is a good idea to purchase two or make sure their friends also have BCA link radios to use together.
BCA Link Radios
These merino wool liners will keep hands warm on the coldest days and are a great addition to anyone’s kit. They work with phones and keep that skin protected from the elements when they need to take their hands out of the gloves.
Volta Glove Liner
Restaurant/Cafe Gift Card
Is there that cafe or eatery where your special someone loves to grab quick snacks before they head up to the hill. Or maybe the ready-to-go meals for those “I’m too tired to cook from riding powder all day” situations. Even though in-door dining may not be available at this time, takeout is in full swing, and a hot and ready meal for them to enjoy at any time is a win-win.
Crest Cafe (Tahoe)
Thinking of taking a few weekend vacations together and want to explore somewhere new besides your home resort, check out the Indy Pass. The Indy Pass accesses a variety of resorts all over the US and Canada. Also the Indy Pass access resorts different to the Ikon and Epic passes. If you and your special someone are avid travelers there are more options to choose from, and chances are together you will discover a new favorite mountain in the process.
$45 and Up
This is a friendly way to help with their boot stink and keep those feet happy by letting those wet boots dry out after a big day out. Options range from travel compact versions on car power to full multi-stand options for the whole family. It is a very practical gift but as a frequent user of a boot dryer it has been a wonderful gift that keeps on giving.
The ultimate parking lot collapsible chair
Not only will it fit nicely in the boot of the car, but now that lodges will be closed this season it is all about the parking lot chill these days. They can pop it up to put those boots on in comfort, or enjoy a cold one (or a hot one), after a big day. Keeping it on-trend from a rider inspired ski brand like 4FRNT and they will be chilling in style this winter.
Coollapsible Lot Chair
Quality gloves or mittens
Anyone will appreciate a quality new pair of gloves or mittens. With the Leather Fall Line you can’t go wrong selecting a new hand cover for that special someone. Hestra has been around the game for a while and they make a solid product that this skier or snowboarder can get many days of use from.
Hestra Leather Fall Line
Some fun and interesting artwork is always going to brighten someone’s day, like the Paul Ge miniatures Sports edition. Looks like fruit but look closer and those skiers are riding some epic lines.
Skiing on banana little people on food