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6 Slope Gadgets Guaranteed To Give Your Ski Day a Boost

Some tech gadgets detract from the ski experience. Not these smart accessories.

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Let’s be clear: You don’t need fancy gadgets to have fun on the hill. We’d argue that some ski days are enhanced when you accidentally-on-purpose forget your phone, headphones, and smartwatch at home. But there’s no denying that the right technology can also add to your day on the slopes, especially when that technology is designed to keep you safer or help you learn and make smarter decisions when you’re out exploring. Here, we list our favorite new tech gadgets designed for the slopes and beyond. They’re not essential, but they’re nice to have.

Somewear Labs Global Hotspot

Somewear Labss Global Hot Spot Device
(Photo: Courtesy of Somewear )

This 4-oz., palm-sized hotspot connects your smartphone to a satellite network that lets you text, get weather updates, track and share your location, and send an SOS alert from anywhere in the world, with or without phone service. It also has the most affordable and flexible data subscription plan we’ve seen at $100 a year with the option to pause for months of inactivity. $280 + data plan; somewearlabs.com

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Garmin Fenix 6x Pro Solar

Garmin Fenix 6 Solar
(Photo: Courtesy of Garmin)

With ski-specific apps powered by GPS, a compass, and a barometric altimeter, the new 6X now comes in a slightly larger casing that makes room for a longer battery life, including up to 46 days of Expedition GPS Activity. Extend it even longer with adequate sunlight for solar charging through the watch’s face. $950; garmin.com

Read more: 5 smartwatches that will improve your skiing experience 

Carv Digital Ski Coach

Carv Digital Ski Coach
(Photo: Courtesy of Carv)

This insole system takes underfoot pressure and motion measurements while giving real-time audio feedback as you ski and delivers technique analysis after each run. With 72 pressure sensors analyzing data on 35 metrics like balance and weight distribution, this coach never misses a turn. $149 + membership; getcarv.com

Nuraphone NuraTrue

Nuraphone NuraTrue

These sleek earbuds sit flush with your ear so they fit comfortably under your helmet’s flaps. Big things come in this small package, like active noise canceling, social mode that won’t drown out conversation on the chairlift, and a personalized hearing platform that you can adjust and share with other devices. With six hours of continuous music playback, you can drop deep bass while you drop your line. $200; nuraphone.com

Chubby Buttons 2

Chubby Buttons 2
(Photo: Courtesy of Chubby Buttons)

Leave your gloves on to operate this big-buttoned bluetooth remote that controls your music, answers calls, and even snaps selfies while your hands stay warm with your phone in your pocket. No app download required and it’s extremely water-resistant, so no storm is too wet to wear it on the arm band outside of your jacket. $75; chubbybuttons.io

Lifeproof Eco-Friendly Band for Apple Watch

Lifeproof Eco-Friendly Band for Apple Watch
(Photo: Courtesy of Lifeproof)

The company known for making bombproof accessories uses 99 percent ocean-plastic yarn in this watch band with a buckle closure and wear- and faderesistant strap. They donate a dollar of every purchase to a nonprofit, giving you and your watch a little extra something to feel good about. Choose from seven different colors, flat or textured. $40; lifeproof.com

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