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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.
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Smith has caught on to the goggles under helmet style and made the Holt Park without ear pads, so he can wear his goggles, beanie, and headphones underneath it. $60; www.smithoptics.com

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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;smithoptics.com]

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.

The two-buckle Ghost is the boot that Salomon's big mountain athletes, like Cody Townsend, ski. It's stiff and burly, but it's also designed with a shock-absorbing footbed and shin guard, so it won't chew up his feet when he's stomping cliffs.$875; Salomon.com

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My younger brother and his fixed-gear bicycle recently moved to Harlem where he’s been perfecting his rolled-skinny-jeans-to-boat-shoes ratio and unearthing obscure Bon Iver remixes. He would probably grow a moustache if he could, but he can’t. Underneath his trappings of hipsterdom, though, he’s basically incapable of buying himself clothes. So I’m getting him this Reversible Flannel Jacket which is cool looking enough for New York (I guess. I live in Boulder, so I wouldn’t really know.) but won’t be out of place when he heads up to Jay either.-H.H. $149; http://www.patagonia.com

Editor's Holiday Gift Guide: Part Two

This holiday season, to help you find presents for the people in your lives, we're sharing what we're getting for the people in ours. Part Two: What editor Heather Hansman is getting for her wannabe-hipster brother, boozebag co-workers, and her mother, who may or may not currently be wearing leather ski pants.

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My roommate hates on helmets, but he skis like a chimpanzee on speed. I think it’s a self-conscious image thing. A helmet protects your noggin first and foremost. After that, it’s all style. I think he’d like the simple, matte-black look of the Bern Carbon Watts. The brim gives it a little steeze and the carbon construction makes it extra lightweight, which I would appreciate if it were strapped to my pack on the skin track. The Watts also meets all of the ASTM helmet standards for snow sports.-K.L$250; bernunlimited.com

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