Do you have someone special in your life that enjoys face shots and apres ski drinks? Odds are they will love a gift that they can use when they visit the mountain this winter. From the trails to the bars, these gifts are certain to make them smile as wide as a good pow day.
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Helly Hansen’s new shacket is the ultimate in versatility. Cold weather hikes, hanging out by the fire pit, shoveling snow…it can take anything you throw its way. Made with a lighter LIFALOFT™ insulation you will stay warm without all the bulk. The outer flannel fabric is tough and durable and with an added bit of stretch allows the shacket to move with you. From the trails, to the bar to the firepit, you won’t be disappointed.
BioLite Firepit Cooking Kit – $299.84
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Last winter’s ski season saw a resurgence in après ski tailgating thanks to the pandemic. It was so fun that there is no reason to think that will go away this year. Be prepared with the Firepit Cooking Kit from BioLite. It’s the ultimate apres ski firepit turned tailgate grill all in one. Use it as a firepit and the smokeless radiating fire will keep you and your friends warm. Then convert it into a grill complete with a grate and cooking accessories and serve up some serious tailgate food. It even has a power bank so you can charge your phone and play music. Like I said, it’s the ultimate après ski tailgating accessory.
Wildhorn Pipeline Goggles – $95.99
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For the price point, you just can’t beat the flagship ski goggles of the Wildhorn collection. The lenses are very large and offer an excellent peripheral view of the slopes. Their quick changing magnetic lense system is easy to work with and allows you to pop the lenses in and out with ease. It also fits very well over your helmet and with the little rubber grips on the inside of the strap, doesn’t slide all around. Overall the Pipeline is an excellent goggle choice for under $100.
Atlas Helium-MTN Snowshoes – $219.95
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Some ski and snowboard, others snowshoe. If you’re part of the latter group then the Helium-MTN is an excellent all mountain choice. As one of the lighter snowshoes on the market with a ton of flexibility, you’ll feel like you are gliding over the snow rather than trudging through it. Plus the serrated anodized aluminum teeth provide excellent traction giving you grip and stability while the trails get rugged. The Helium also features the Wrapp™ MTN binding, integrated with the BOA® Fit System and making the Helium super easy to get in and out of.
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Whether you are new to the sport of skiing or a veteran of the slopes, the Snowcrew is a solid choice. Fully insulated with the environmentally friendly VerticalX™ ECO insulation the Snowcrew will keep you extremely warm without all the bulk that you’d normally expect. The stretch fabric moves with you as you rip from trail to trail and the adjustable hood and powder skirt will prevent snow from creeping into unwanted places on deep powder days. Pair it with the equally awesome Snowcrew pants and you have yourself the ideal ski kit no matter what your ability.
Blackstrap Apex Tube – $29.99
Arguably the most buttery soft gaiter on the market thanks to Blackstrap’s Apex thermal liner. Made with a tri-blend fabric on the outside and a brushed fabric on the inside it feels great around your neck. Complete with four way stretch you can wear it in a variety of ways. Pull it up to cover your face and even under your helmet while still maintaining the comfortability.
Wyoming Whiskey Outryder – $79
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Nothing warms you up after a day of skiing and snowboarding better than a nice glass of whiskey. Wyoming Whiskey’s Outryder is one of the best and most popular in their collection. 100 Proof and 100% Wyoming made, the fifth expression of this cult classic has notes of hot chocolate, yeast biscuits drizzled with dark molasses, honeyed hay, and roasted cumin in brown butter. It lingers long and warm and is the ultimate ending to your day on the mountain.
Halftime Beverage – Pricing Varies
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What is après ski without good craft beer? That’s exactly what Halftime Beverage is here to provide. They stock some of the country’s best craft beer, cider and mead with the ability to order as little as a single can up to a case. They even offer craft beer and cider of the month clubs, all of which can be delivered right to your doorstep.
Smith Embark Glacier Sunglasses – Starting at $199
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Après Ski in style with Smith’s first Glacier Style sunglasses. Made to withstand high-alpine environments, they are Available in ChromaPop™ Glacier Photochromic Copper Blue Mirror ($219) or ChromaPop™ Polarized lenses ($199). The wraparound fit, removable side shields and lightweight frame will allow you to rock them on the slopes. Then keep them on for beers on the patio. The neon colored 80’s style is sure to turn heads.
Gregory Targhee FastTrack 24 Backpack – $199.95
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The Targhee FastTrack 24 is an excellent daypack whether you are ripping around at the resort or venture off piste. It’s ski carrying capabilities are a total game-changer. The innovative system allows skiers to load and unload skis without even removing your pack. Additionally, the FastTrack is made of durable lightweight waterproof materials, easy access avalanche tool pocket and a deployable helmet system with an adjustable hook attachment. It’s nothing short of magical!
Do you love après as much as you love skiing itself? Maybe even more? If you are a first chair, last call kind of guy then this is the ski t-shirt for you. Point your ski buddies in the right direction when it comes to choosing the right bars, beers, food and more. They know it will be good coming from a Certified Après Ski Instructor like yourself. Cheers!
Rich Stoner is the founder of the après-ski lifestyle clothing and media brand, All About Après and the co-host of the Beyond the Après podcast. 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