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SKI's 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

The time has come to treat your favorite skier—and yourself—to something nice.


One of the best things about having a passionate skier in your life? There’s always some new and exciting accessory or piece of gear they’re pining for. So get out that wish list and take note: We’ve collected some of the best gifts for skiers here. Goodness knows, we all deserve a little happy this season.

Best Ski Gifts for Skier Dudes

WNDR Vital 100

WNDR Vital 100
The WNDR Vital 100Photo courtesy of WNDR

This revolutionary backcountry ski is made with bio-based materials, not only keeping it lightweight but producing a ski that’s designed for maximum edge hold—and to stay out of the landfill. [MSRP: $699]

Saxx Viewfinder Long-Sleeve Crew

Saxx Viewfinder Hotdogs
Get some hot dogs on your favorite hot-dogger.Photo courtesy of Saxx

On colder days, he’ll appreciate this cozy midweight recycled polyester, Merino, and Elastane baselayer that’s designed for comfort, warmth, and performance. Bonus: mini hot dogs. Also comes in a half-zip. [MSRP: $75]

Tactica M100.X Bundle Pack

Tatica M100.X Bundle Pack
The Tactica M100.X Bundle pack is a great gift idea for skiers.Photo courtesy of Tactica

Tactica M100.X Bundle Pack For the MacGyver type in your life, this handy tool comes with 12 hex bits that turn it into the ultimate get-out-of-a-jam gizmo that he never knew he needed. [MSRP: $55]

Forsake Davos High Boot

Forsake Davos High Boot
Step up your gift-giving with the Forsake Davos High BootPhoto courtesy of Forsake

The classic leather boot gets a style update without skimping on any of the technology that makes it suited for the trails, yet the oiled-leather upper keeps it looking sleek enough for the office. [MSRP: $170]

Ortovox 3+ Avalanche Transceiver

The Smart Antenna Technology in the Ortovox 3+ matches your beacon signal to your burial orientation to maximize the range of the signal. In short,…
The Ortovox 3+ avalanche transceiver.File photo

Ortovox’s compact transceiver automatically switches to the strongest of the device’s three transmission antennas so a buried skier has the absolute best chance of being found quickly. [MSRP: $310]

Deso Supply Ralston Snap Pullover

Deso Supply Ralston Pullover
So comfy, it’ll make you smile.Photo courtesy of Deso Supply

A winter staple in Sherpa fleece, the Ralston sports a zipper pouch pocket plus a side zipper for easy on-and-off access. He’ll reach for this so often you might want to go ahead and get a back-up for laundry day. [MSRP: $149]

Darn Tough Socks

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Camo OTC Cushion

Darn Tough Camo OTC sock
The Men’s Camo OTC Cushion Ski Sock from Darn Tough.Photo courtesy of Darn Tough

You only found this sock because we wanted you to. Don’t let the camouflage fool you, this is a Guaranteed for Life, Merino Wool sock in plain sight. What you can’t see is 15-20mmHg Graduated Light Compression that keep the good vibes flowing all day. Men’s and Women’s ($35)

RFL OTC Ultra-Light

Breathe easy. Bringing together smooth Merino Wool feel, next-to-skin fit, flex and fatigue-zapping arch support, and targeted venting — the ultra-lightweight RFL is the sock experience your hard-charging feet have been dying for, lap after lap. Men’s and Women’s ($25)

Pennant RFL OTC Ultra-Light

Darn Tough Pennant RFL OTC sock
The Pennant RFL OTC Ultra-Light ski sockPhoto courtesy of Darn Tough

Minimalist checklist: fit, comfort, style. The Pennant sock checks all the boxes with its next-to-skin, no-slip boot connection, fatigue-easing arch support, Merino Wool performance, and a dash of drop-needle design. It’s the best sock for skiing and riding because it’s also Guaranteed for Life. Men’s ($25)

Best Holiday Gifts for Lady Shredders

Houdini Power Air Crew

Houdini Power Air Crew lifestyle
Ideal for traveling.Photo courtesy of Houdini

It’s time to reconsider fleece insulation, and Houdini does just that in this comfy layer featuring Polartec’s Power Air insulation. This low-shedding fleece fabric offers warmth while making you feel good—inside and out. [MSRP: $160]

Glerups Boots with Rubber Sole

Glerups Boots with Rubber Sole
Super comfy, perfectly grippy.Photo courtesy of Glerups

Indoor slipper meets a utilitarian rubber sole to make the ultimate weekend-warrior shoe. Wear these wool booties for the trip to the resort, then slip out of ski boots into something a little more comfortable after the last lap. [MSRP: $115]

Black Diamond Helio Carbon 95 Backcountry Ski

Black Diamond Helio Carbon 95 ski
The Unisex Black Diamond Helio Carbon 95 ski.Photo courtesy of Black Diamond

Help her get up to get down with the backcountry-specific Helio Carbon 95. With a more moderate waist width, lightweight wood core, and pre-preg carbon construction, these skis feel like air underfoot but punch above their weight in downhill performance. [MSRP: $850]

Maloja Hagarm Jacket and Dagalam Tight

Maloja Hagarm jacket
The Maloja Hagarm JacketPhoto courtesy of Maloja
Maloja Dagalam jacket
The Maloja Dagalam TightPhoto courtesy of Maloja

This multisport outfit easily transitions from slopes to town thanks to stylish prints and functional fabrics. The Hagarm makes for a windproof and water-resistant midlayer, while the Dagalam complements with quick-dry, four-way stretch fabric. [MSRP: Jacket $249, Tight $99]

Dakine Boot Pack DLX 75L

Dakine Boot Pack DLX 75L
An ideal bag for any pair of ski boots.Photo courtesy of Dakine

Protect your most important piece of gear with this durable pack featuring a water-resistant ripstop outer and tarp-lined compartment that keeps boots separate from the rest of your gear. [MSRP: $120]

Maui Jim Glory Glory Sunglasses

Maui Jim Glory Glory Sunglasses
Pretty sweet to look good and look through these sunnies.Photo courtesy of Maui Jim

Shield the eyes and throw some shade in these modified cat-eye frames featuring Maui Jim’s PolarizedPlus2 lens technology. [MSRP: $300]

Hotronic Systems

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Hotronic Heat Socks XLP ONE Surround Heat
Hotronic Heat Socks XLP ONE Surround HeatPhoto courtesy of Hotronic

Hotronic’s Heat Socks XLP ONE begin with BootDoc’s Power Fit Socks Surround Heating Element, ergonomically positioned delivering heat that blankets the toes. Slim profile, rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Packs provide three base level settings for comfort and warmth with a fourth “timed” setting for additional heat when needed. [MSRP: $289]

Hotronic Foot Warmer Power Plus S4+
Hotronic’s Foot Warmer Power Plus S4+Photo courtesy of Hotronic

Hotronic’s Foot Warmer Power Plus S4+ offers up to a combined 30% more in heat and duration at each of the three base level settings for added comfort and warmth. A fourth “timed” setting provides additional heat when needed. Features slim profile, rechargeable NiMH batteries designed for cold-temperature operation. [MSRP: $254]

Best Ski Gifts for Little Rippers

K2 Indy Skis

K2 Indy Kids Skis
The K2 Indy SkisPhoto courtesy of K2

A solid junior-ski option for your little ripper, the Indy utilizes K2’s Catch-Free Rocker to make turning as intuitive as possible, and the 70mm waist helps keep groms stable in variable conditions. [MSRP: $250]

Marker Bino XS Helmet

Marker Bino XS Helmet
The brighter the yellow, the easier to see on the hill.Photo courtesy of Marker

At 350 grams, the Bino is one of the lightest kids helmets out there. Its in-mold construction, RTS fit system, and 180-degree Edge Protection with an extra polycarbonate plate on the lower half make it one of the safest. [MSRP: $65]

Patagonia Retro-X Fleece Jacket

Patagonia Retro X Fleece Jacket
The Patagonia Retro-X Fleece JacketPhoto courtesy of Patagonia

The brand’s classic fleece looks precious on the littles, and its 70-percent recycled polyester construction and the fact that it’s Fair Trade-sewn sounds great to parents. [MSRP: $129]

Hydro Flask Insulated Lunch Box

Hydro Flask Insulated Lunch Box
Looking good in Grasshopper Green.Photo courtesy of Hydro Flask

Say goodbye to luke-warm lunches. This double-lined insulated lunch box keeps food cold until chow time, and comes in four fun color options that will stand out in the lunchroom. [MSRP: $45]

For Techies That Love to Ski

Skullcandy Vert

Skullcandy vert headphones
These things clip anywhere to keep the beats bumpin’.Photo courtesy of Skullcandy

These Bluetooth headphones tailor-made for skiers make piping in tunes a cinch thanks to a control dial you can clip to the outside of a jacket or helmet. No more doffing your gloves on frigid chairs to adjust volume or skip tracks. [MSRP: $80]

GoPro Hero9 Black

GoPro Hero9
The 9th generation of the GoPro Hero.Photo courtesy of GoPro

This newest iteration promises 30-percent more battery life, better resolution, and a new, detachable Max Lens Mod that delivers Max HyperSmooth stabilization and GoPro’s widest-angle perspective yet. [MSRP: $450]

DJI OM 4 Gimbal

DJI OM 4 Gimbal
This thing makes for Instagram videos that slap.Photo courtesy of DJI

Got an inspiring cinematographer in the family? This foldable phone gimbal makes shooting videos on the go a piece of cake thanks to a magnetic design that clips to any phone, dynamic zoom, and video stabilization, among other cool features. [MSRP: $149]

Floyd’s of Leadville

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Floyd's CBD Gummies
Floyd’s of Leadville CBD Gems.Photo courtesy of Floyd’s of Leadville

Floyd’s of Leadville’s New Full-Spectrum Gummy-style 25mg CBD Gems are a perfect and delicious way to Relax and Recover after a long day on the slopes. They’re made from organically-farmed American hemp and come in fun Cotton-Candy and Cola flavors. Floyd’s Full Spectrum Gems will make a great holiday gift!

Best Gifts for Skiers’ Homes

Rumpl Keep Me Warm NanoLoft® Puffy Blanket

Rumpl Keep Me Warm NanoLoft® Puffy Blanket
It looks good and is very warm.Photo courtesy of Rumpl

Rumpl’s machine-washable, packable puffy blankets now feature designs that showcase aspiring and established artists. This Native American print is designed by Northern Cheyenne artist Jordan Ann Craig, and a portion of sales benefit the First Peoples Fund. [MSRP: $199]

Vintage Winter Ski Bookends

Vintage Winter Ski Bookends
Books not included.Photo courtesy of Vintage Winter

Bring the ski chalet vibe home with these handcrafted bookends. Made from solid wood and accented with authentic-looking leather bindings with metal fastenings, these ski tips are a beautiful piece of skiing nostalgia. [MSRP: $49]

More Vintage Winter Decorations

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Vintage Winter coatrack
Single Ski w/ Large Gear Hook. ($39 ea)Photo courtesy of Vintage Winter
Vintage Winter Coatrack 2
Ski Coat Hooks – available in 36” Brown and 47” Brown, Black, Light Finish ($79)Photo courtesy of Vintage Winter

Vintage themed and authentic vintage Items that make great gifts. Unique pieces to decorate your Alpine Lifestyle. 

Coral & Tusk Downhill Skiers Pillow

Coral and Tusk Downhill Skiers Pillo
Cute and comfortable.Photo courtesy of Coral & Tusk

Part of the new Downhill Skiers Collection, the linen Downhill Skiers Pillow adds a fun accent to any dedicated skier’s bedroom or living room ensemble. [MSRP: $172]

Wanderwide Ski Register Print

Wanderwide Ski Register Print
A detailed look at the print and stamp created by WanderWide.Photo courtesy of WanderWide

Track and proudly display your ski adventures with this artsy and unique screenprint featuring the top 40 ski resorts in North America. Each 15.5” x 40” handmade print includes a stamp and ink pad to mark the destinations already visited. [MSRP: $59]

New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon & North Drinkware Glasses

New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon and North Drinkware Glasses
Did someone say après?Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

Aged in new American oak barrels then finished in New Holland’s Dragon’s Milk barrels, this bourbon is unique and offers notes of vanilla and smooth dark malts. The perfect gift for your whiskey connoisseur. [MSRP: $30]

Handcrafted in Oregon and inspired by the mountains, these unique glasses come in a variety of sizes and feature a relief of mountains or topographical maps of entire areas (like Lake Tahoe) at the bottom. Drink up and enjoy the view. [From $48]

uKeg Go Carbonated Growler

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UKeg Go growler
The uKeg Go system.Photo courtesy of Growler Werks

The uKeg Go is GrowlerWerks’ most convenient, most affordable, most “go anywhere” growler yet. The rugged yet lightweight vacuum insulated vessel keeps your beverage of choice cold, fresh and carbonated far beyond the boundaries…where beers always taste better. Available in 64oz and 128oz sizes, and three colors including the all-new Midnight Blue. A perfect gift for the thirsty powder hound in your life.

Online Exclusive: Best Gifts for Skiers Who Love the Grateful Dead

Atomic Bentchetler 100 Special Edition Skis

Atomic Bent Chetler 100 Grateful Dead skis
The Grateful Dead limited edition Atomic Benchetler 100Photo courtesy of Atomic

Based on the success of the now impossible to find Atomic Bentchetler 120 Grateful Dead edition skis, Atomic released a slightly-less limited edition version of the Bentchetler 100 ski this year. With kicked tails and carbon reinforcement, the ski is a great option for freeride oriented resort skiers and backcountry skiers who have spent a little time on the mountain. [MSRP: $975]

Dakine Team Baron Gore-Tex Mitt

Dakine Team Baron Mitt Grateful Dead Edition
Steal your face. And keep your hands warm.Photo courtesy of Dakine

Mittens with Gore-Tex are as good as it gets: Hands stay warm and try, plus high-fiving your friends feels better. Gore Grip tech means that there is still just enough dexterity to keep a good grip on your poles or can during après. [MSRP: $115]

Smartwool PhD Ski Ultra Light Ski Socks

Smartwool PhD Ski Ultra Light Grateful Dead ski socks
Warm, thin, and psychedelic.Photo courtesy of Smartwool

Smartwool’s PhD ski socks have proven to be the industry standard for years, and the latest edition uses professional skier and artist Chris Benchetler’s Grateful Dead-inspired art to create socks that look as good as they function. [MSRP: $33]

Fire on the Mountain Book and Vinyl

Fire on the Mountain Vinyl
The Fire on the Mountain soundtrack on Vinyl.Photo courtesy of ChrisBenchetler.com
Fire on the Mountain book
Learn the story behind the creation of ‘Fire on the Mountain.’Photo courtesy of ChrisBenchetler.com

Fans of skiing and the Grateful Dead should take some time to watch TGR’s “Fire on the Mountain.” It’s a ski, snowboard, and surfing film that takes everything to a different level, all to the sounds of the Grateful Dead. The soundtrack and book combo, for sale on Chris Benchetler’s website, give deeper meaning to the movie and everything that went into it. [MSRP: $80]

Charlotte’s Web Sleep Gift Set

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Charlotte's Web Sleep Gift Set
CBD to help you snooze.Photo courtesy of Charlotte’s Web

Enjoy silent nights this winter with the Charlotte’s Web Sleep Gift Set. Their Sleep Gummies include the renowned natural sleeping aid melatonin and Charlotte’s Web full-spectrum hemp extract with CBD. This natural blend will support sound and regular sleeping cycles during this holiday season – perfect for a loved one ready for quality sleep. [$164.97 to $346.96]

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