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He used to shred. You’re pretty sure he did, at least. He’s got a lot of stories about when he used to drop Corbett’s in the 80s. But these days he’s content to get up early to gently swerve his way down a few groomers before the crowds show up. Consider one of these gifts this year for your father. Click to the next slide to see gift ideas.
For your groomer-shredding dad: Get him a DVD of the new ski documentary, Swift.Silent.Deep., a flick about the good ol’ days of the Jackson Hole Air Force, starring Warren Miller, Doug Coombs, Scot Schmidt, and other badasses your dad looks up to. [$24.95; swiftsilentdeep.com]
$1,200 (with binding)
Damp and stable with a giant sweet spot, the Recon is the most user-friendly ski in the category. Point it and it adapts to any terrain, moving from short to long turns with nary a hiccup. [k2skis.com]
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For your groomer-shredding dad: For when he’s shoveling the driveway or taking the dog for a walk, your dad needs a good down jacket. Try the Sierra Designs Flex Down Jacket, which is as warm as a 0-degree sleeping bag and as light as a bed sheet—both things he’ll appreciate. [$249; sierradesigns.com]
Whether your girlfriend drops cliffs into fresh powder or is into après-ski hot toddies, she’s going to want some stuff that’s feminine and ski-oriented. We have some gift ideas for her. Click to the next slide to check them out.
For your ski-bunny girlfriend: She doesn’t want to soak her feet tromping around the base village, and she’ll need a pair of winterized shoes that don’t crimp her style. Get her a pair of waterproof, fur-lined boots, like Sorel’s Joan of Arctic. If you don’t know her size, ask her. [$130; sorel.com/JOAN-OF-ARCTIC]
For your ski-bunny girlfriend: For cruising the groomers or drinking margaritas on the deck, she’ll need a pair of Hollywood-style sunglasses that will still protect her from UV rays. We like Oakley’s Liv for anything, sporty or urban. [$185; oakley.com/women]
For your ski-bunny girlfriend: Girls like skis made just for them. And nowadays, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re short and pink. Roxy’s Shazam is perfect for entry-level skiers looking for a fun, snappy, and responsive ski that won’t overpower them. [$650; roxy.com]
For your ski-bunny girlfriend: Admit it, there’s nothing like a good massage after a day of skiing. You’ll probably want to get yourself one too while you’re at it. You can buy her a spa gift certificate—which is redeemable at a number of ski-town spas, from Colorado to Vermont. [spafinder.com/Catalog/spagiftcertificates.jsp]
Your old roommate was totally stoked when he landed that post-college liftie gig half a decade ago. He sold everything he couldn’t fit in his car and drove to the ski town he always dreamed about during school. What’s he up to these days? He’s still there. But he drives a snow-cat instead of running a lift. Check out these gifts for your ski-bum buddy. Click to the next slide to see gift ideas.
For your ski-bum buddy: Booze is a ski-town staple. Get him a cool flask, like Stanley’s stainless steal Nineteen13 flask ($20; stanley-pmi.com) and a bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey. He’s probably going to want to shoot this stuff. But in case that’s not his style, he can mix it with Coke or put some in his coffee.
For your ski-bum buddy: Your buddy loves discounts. Especially discounts on skiing. So give him the gift of cheap chair lift rides at liftopia.com, a one-stop shop for discount lift tickets at ski resorts around the country. You pick however much you want to donate (from $25 to $500) to his lift fund and e-mail him the gift certificate all in one easy step. [from $25; liftopia.com/gift_cards_print.php]
For your ski-bum buddy: Stoic is the newest softgoods line from Backcountry.com. If your pal hasn’t heard of this new line, he’ll be impressed that you have. Get him the Stoic Inbounds gloves, which have a leather exterior and a wool interior and were built to handle harsh weather. [$79; backcountry.com]
The young generations of park rats go through fads quickly, so you must be up to tempo when playing Santa for your niece or nephew or the neighbor kid down the street who’s always attempting to ride the handrail on the staircase in front of your house on his twin tips. Click to the next slide for gift ideas.
For your park-rat nephew: Jibbers like music when they ride—but don’t even think about trying to pick out a new album for them. Instead, get the kid an iTunes gift certificate and some Skullcandy G.I. Rasta headphones. [$70; skullcandy.com]
For your park-rat nephew: We’re still not totally sure why, but skiers in the park like looking like robbers holding up a bank. They all wear bandanas covering their face. But don’t get him a classic western doo-rag. Go for Line Skis’s Bandana—that’s much cooler. [$10; lineskis.com]
For your park-rat nephew: You might remember Raichle ski boots, the overlap construction boots used by the extreme skiers of the 80s and 90s. Well, the Raichle revival is in full swing in the form of Full Tilt Boots, which are now popular with the park-and-pipe crowd. You’ll truly impress if you opt for the Hot Dogger boot and gift it with a custom insole. [$550; fulltiltboots.com]
For your park-rat nephew: Kids like getting all juiced up on taurine, the main ingredient in Red Bull. Get him a case of the sugar free variety (his mom will at least be happy about that) and a water bottle to encourage him to stay hydrated while he’s over-caffienating himself. We like Klean Kanteens, which won’t put icky toxins into your system [$3; redbull.com, $17 kleankanteen.com].
This is a tricky person to buy for: He spends most of his time earning his turns in the backcountry, and he claims to be a minimalist and environmentalist who doesn’t believe in gift wrap or unnecessary consumerism. We have some ideas. Click to the next slide to see the gift ideas.
For Your Ski-Mountaineering Uncle
It’s about time Uncle Bob upgraded those worn-out AT boots he’s been wearing since the Reagan administration. Check out Dalbello’s brand new line of touring boots, which come in three models and hit retail shops at the end of November. We’re guessing he’d like the Tour, which weighs 1890 grams per pair and will fit in his Dynafit bindings. [$900; dalbellosports.com]
For Your Ski-Mountaineering Uncle
Ski touring freaks are notorious for wearing too-tight, super-light pants. But you can get the performance and technical fabrics now without the nerdy Spandex look. Check out Patagonia’s new Primo Pants, which are durable but light and made with a waterproof three-layer fabric. [$350; patagonia.com]
Help him analyze the snowpack with this handy plastic map tool card, whichl at four-by-seven inches, fits easily in a pocket. It has all the UTMs, scales, and slope indexes typically used on topography maps in the US, Alaska, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and Japan. And it doubles as an inclinometer and compass rose. [$11.95; brooks-range.com]