No offense to your mom, but we’re going to assume that she’s not stomping 30 footers and blowing out of her bindings all the time. But, since she birthed you, she’s probably pretty tough. For a touring binding that light but still burly get her the Marker Tour F10.  $400;

Holiday Gift Guide: Backcountry Mom

Is your mother a dawn patrolling, avi savvy, soft snow junkie who can out hike all of your bros? Here’s what you can add to her BC setup, along with a couple of thing she'll want off the hill.

One of my buddies loves to get on the slopes but doesn’t have the means to get up to the mountains as much as he would like or buy the best gear. His bargain bin goggles are probably the best example. Sure, they work, but they put a very uncomfortable orangish-brown spin on an otherwise colorful world. To remedy the situation, I’m getting him a fresh pair of Smith I/O goggles. They come with two high quality spherical lenses— a light one for overcast, a dark one for sunny days. The lenses can be switched easily thanks to Smith’s tricky quick release lens system. Plus, the goggles fit well with a helmet and are about as stylish as goggles can get. -K.L. [$165;]

Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

Last minute shopping? Stumped on what to get your your high-maintenance mama or lifitie cousin? Still need some ideas for yourself? We’ve got your back. From our slightly-crazy families to yours.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Heli-Skiing Dad

Is your dad headed out on a heli-ski trip to shred spines in Alaska or to ski blower powder in British Columbia? Here's what he'll need to make the most of his trip, including a helmet cam, skis, and avalanche gear.