Do you have a skier or snowboarder in your life that you’re shopping for this season? If so, choosing the right gift for them can be a bit of a challenge. From large to small, there is a lot of great gear out there to choose from. Don’t worry though we have you covered. Here’s our holiday wish list for those in your life who eat, sleep and breathe winter stoke.
Wildhorn Dover Ski Jacket – $129.99
Ski and snowboard jackets have a tendency to break the bank, but not Wildhorn’s Dover Men’s ski jacket. Insulated but not to the point you can’t move it offers an extremely comfortable fit that you’ll love and the waterproofing will keep you warm and dry on the mountain. Affordable and technical, it’s an excellent gift option.
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Made from 100 % merino wool this sweater regulates body temperature while offering a soft, comfortable and warm fit. It’s the ideal comfy sweater for hot chocolates or drinks when sitting by the fire in the lodge.
North Drinkware – $48
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This is the ultimate set of glasses for the après ski lover in your life. Each glass is hand blown in Oregon to represent a variety of the most iconic mountains in the U.S. Yes, that’s right, the glasses actually have a representation of a mountain in the bottom of the glass. Choose from a collection of rocks or pint glasses with your favorite mountain from America’s top ski states.
Wyoming Whiskey Outryder – $59.99
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Not quite bourbon, not quite rye, the Outryder is true to its equestrian name and stands apart in Wyoming Whiskey’s lineup. A blend of Wyoming-grown winter rye, corn and barley, its taste is highly unique. Rye forward, it produces layers of flavor including nutmeg, cinnamon and molasses that is sure to warm any skier and snowboarder up on a cold winter’s day.
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Flannel shirts are the tuxedo of the mountains and this is the one that can take you seamlessly from the slopes to the bar. The thermal lining is warm enough for you to rock it as a mid-layer. When the lifts stop spinning, ditch your ski jacket and the High Sierra becomes your Swiss Army Knife of après ski shirts. Seriously, there are pockets for your bottle opener, beer and a waterproof zip up one for your phone and wallet. They’ve even added a new pocket this season for your cannabis pen. Talk about thinking of it all.
Do you know someone who checks all of the boxes when it comes to après ski? Belly up to the bar when it opens, no doubt. Believes nachos cover every major food group, obviously. They’ve done so many shotskis they need a calculator to add them up, truth. That’s the après ski instructor in your life and this shirt is most certainly for them.
LIVSN Flex Canvas Pants – $99
These are the do it all pants that you’ll want to wear every time you visit the mountains. The flex canvas material is not only durable but also quite comfortable. They are filled with many cool features like the zippered pockets for security and the reflective cuff straps to keep you visible while commuting. But ultimately, despite their rugged billing they still look good with the flannel of your choice, allowing you to wear them out, if you so choose to.
Forsake Phil Mid – $140
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Durability, comfort and style all in one shoe. Waterproof leather offers supreme protection from the tough mountain elements. Their super grippy trademark Peak-to-Pavement out sole allows you to move around with ease. And, the classic style gives you the the look and feel that you’ll want après ski.
Gaia GPS App – Pricing varies from $20-$160
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The Gaia GPS App makes for a perfect stocking stuffer-friendly gift for those exploring the backcountry this ski season. This app does it all including Identifying avalanche terrain, viewing incoming weather and tracking your location even without cell service. You can even recap your day’s performance with distance, vertical and speed tracking and then plan the perfect route. It’s an absolute necessity as more people head into the backcountry this winter.
Spy Marauder Snow Goggle – $180
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The Spy Marauder is a top notch option for any mountain rider looking for a frameless goggle. The over sized design offers expansive vision while the next level ventilation allows for supreme breathability. However what really makes this goggle special is the magnetic Deadbolt lens changing system that is not only secure but easy to swap in and out. Then when you’re done shredding for the day, pop on the Helm 50/50 sunglasses and you’ll be après-ready in an instant.
Deckers X Lab KO-Z SNPR – $150
Besides the beers and nachos, the best part of après ski is getting out of those ski boots. When you do, you’ll want to slide into these. By merging a funky fashionable look with the comfort of a slipper the SNPR is heaven for your feet. Warm and cushiony beyond belief your feet will thank you.
For skiers and riders who spend most of their day on the resort with a few occasional side country expeditions this kit is an excellent choice. Heavy duty for a backcountry kit, it’s added weight offers a supreme amount of durability and therefore longevity. Both the jacket and the bib are also extremely waterproof and have strategically placed oversize pockets to carry all your necessities. Built with the rugged burliness you’ll need to move seamlessly from the resort to sidecountry this kit is an excellent pick for the skier or snowboarder that likes to do it all.
Rich Stoner is the founder of the après-ski lifestyle clothing and media brand, All About Après. No stranger to the ski and après-ski scene, Rich has been a long time contributor for many publications on topics like skiing, gear, beer and food. However, his passion is on the slopes and enjoying good times with good people. You can find him perfecting his craft carving turns and drinking beers in the Green Mountains of Vermont. @allaboutapres