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Ski season might seem far away, but it’s never too early to get dad excited for the winter months. And it’s not too late to get him that perfect gift for Father’s Day. Here are eight of our favorite picks for the skiing-obsessed dad in your life.
Watch heads swivel when dad pulls this slim-yet-stunning flask from his jacket. With no poky corners to compromise comfort when carried close to the chest, the Snow Peak’s Round Titanium flask also includes a funnel for easy filling. And because titanium imparts zero flavor (it’s chemically inert, like glass) this five-ounce flask makes a vessel fit for the finest whiskey.
Dads who juggle work, play, and parenting don’t have time for costume changes. This sumptuous Merino wool fleece looks sharp around town, but also scored high marks from testers for its on-hill performance. It’s made of Nuyarn, a uniquely spun—not twisted—Merino wool that’s faster-drying, more elastic, and more abrasion-resistant than traditional twisted wool yarns.
Goggles inevitably get scratched, so of course Dad could use a new pair. The MagFlight packs maximum optical technology into a minimum price: It includes two interchangeable Italian-made lenses with two layers of anti-fog and scratch-resistant protection. Their curve mimics your retina’s arc for optical sharpness, and the extra-wide field of view provides outstanding peripheral vision.
Dad doesn’t know he needs these yet, but once he tries them on, he’ll vow to never take them off. Made with a thin, 40-gram layer of stretchy PeakFill Active synthetic insulation (using spiral filaments rather than lofted padding for superior elasticity), these boot-height pants feel as comfortable as a second skin. Breathability is outstanding—testers never clammed up during powder-day hot laps—making them a must-have for shredding hard in the mid-winter cold.
Give Dad the gift of time: Instead of hitting the lodge for drink breaks, he can use this one-liter collapsible bottle to stay hydrated while riding the chair. It fits neatly inside a jacket’s interior drop pocket, and the food-grade plastic is free of concerning chemicals (such as phthalates, BPA, and BPS). The comfortably low-bulk cap design comes in two options: A pull-push system for convenience, or a threaded cap for security (testers confirmed it’s leakproof).
Yes, we love our Theragun—when it isn’t out of battery. The R8 Plus requires no such babysitting, and delivers muscle-rejuvenating magic anytime, anywhere. It’s compact enough (13”x10”x3”) for travel by car or air. Its adjustable pressure ranges from deep-tissue intensity to light stimulation. And although we adore using it on our quads and hamstrings after a big ski day, it’s versatile enough to target the calves and glutes.
We’ve all seen the homemade carriers made of PVC pipe segments, but Thule (Sweden’s stuff-hauling specialist) made the Yuba, so of course it includes every convenient feature you could want for a bike-mounted ski rack. Designed for Yuba’s Spicy Curry cargo e-bikes, this lockable rack holds four pairs of skis and poles and attaches to the end of the bike to preserve passenger space—meaning dad can pedal himself and two tykes to the resort.
Gauging any slope’s avalanche potential starts with knowing its steepness, and this clever sticker makes that measurement easy. Affixed to the top of Dad’s ski pole, it provides graduated lines that let him estimate the pitch—not just when looking at the slope from the side (as most inclinometers do), but also when he’s standing at the top, looking down at the run. This affordable system helps him make an informed decision and might just help you rest a little easier, too.