The Season's Coolest Gifts: On the Snow

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Everything you need to be prepared in the backcountry, stylish in town, and warm and happy at the resort.

Cloudveil Headwall jacket $250 877-255-8345;
Gore Windstopper material keeps you warm; subtle Western styling says you're cool.

Ibex backcountry pants $235 800-773-9647;
Breathable but weatherproof, these wool-lined softshell pants feature reinforced abrasion patches on their cuffs.

Salomon X Wave 10.0 boots $675 877-272-5666;
Salomon's stiffest freeride boots are tops for on- and off-piste skiing.

Deuter Freerider backpack $89 303-652-3102;
This 2,100-cubic-inch top-loader carries skis, a snowboard, or snowshoes; an internal shovel pocket and removable mat for sitting on snow are nice touches.

Helly Hansen Sapphire jacket $150 and Proxima pant $200 425-378-8700;
To reduce bulk, both pieces are lightly insulated in strategic spots. The jacket comes stock with a powder skirt, underarm vents, and a snap-off hood; the pants have low-profile cargo pockets.

Northwave Legend Lady boots $199 206-762-2955;
Soft enough for the ups but supportive enough for the downs, the Legends are Northwave's com-fiest.

Bula powder hat $20 514-270-4222;
Merino blend, with sassy brown-velvet ribbon.

Timbuktu duffel bag $60—$100 415-252-4300;
Way cooler and—thanks to heavy-duty stitching, ballistic nylon, and reinforced straps—tougher than your average duffel.


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