The Best Gifts for Skiers and Snowboarders
Shopping for a winter sports lover? Find the perfect gift for the skier or snowboarder in your life with these great (and practical!) gift ideas.
Whether they’re a future Olympian or still working on the bunny slopes, any skier or snowboarder needs to gear up to have a successful run. Help them out with one of these unique gifts that will keep them happy (and warm!) on the slopes.
A cute winter hat in their favorite color might be the perfect gift for that skier or snowboarder on your list. Not only will it keep them warm and cozy on the slopes, but it will also serve double duty around town on those chilly winter nights. For men, the The North Face’s Salty Dog Beanie ($26) comes in tons of cun colors and for women, they make the slouchy cute Shinsky Beanie ($32).They’ll think of you every time they wear it—and they’ll be wearing it a lot!
Ski and Stay Package
The most obvious gift of all: Book a ski and stay package for that special someone on your list. Who knows? They might even ask you to come along. Most major resorts offer a plethora of options for ski and stay packages, and if you check Travelzoo or another major deals site, you might score a great deal at a fantastic resort.
Cameras like the GoPro Hero7 ($200) or Sony’s Action Cam (from $200) are great gifts thanks to their versatility, especially when it comes to capturing the high action of pursuits like skiing and snowboarding. Hook them up with accessories too, like a suction cup mount ($40) to attach to their helmet to capture the coolest downhill footage.
Travel Power Adapter
Traveling outside of the US comes with its own set of challenges—namely, powering up your gadgets. Don’t let that trip to the Swiss Alps be ruined by differing power adaptors, and plan ahead with a travel power adaptor ($60). After all, what good is an action camera if you can’t charge it?
That skier or snowboarder on your list knows that when you spend as much time on the mountain as they do, there isn’t much time for drying boots. A boot dryer, like the DryGuy Force Dry ($50) will get their boots and gloves dry within an hour, and have them comfortably back on the slopes. Their toasty warm and dry feet will thank you!
This is a gift that will show your loved one you are looking out for them. Avalanche beacons make great gifts for people who spend a lot of time skiing or riding in the backcountry. The Mammut Barryvox Avalanche Beacon ($500) particular beacon has a 70-meter search range and three digital antennas, to make it as easy as possible for search-and-rescue teams to find victims should the unthinkable happen.
Few things are more annoying than being unorganized when traveling. The trick? Using a few tools to keep your suitcase in tip-top shape. A set of packing cubes($28) can make a ski trip—or any trip, for that matter—less stressful. Add a Pack-It Specter Clean Dirty Cube ($30) to keep wet, snowy gear separate from clean clothes for the trip back, too. And don’t forget compression cubes ($37) for helping them fit all of their bulky sweaters and clothes in their suitcase.
This is another great choice for a gift that will get used for more than just a day on the mountain. Help keep the bright mountain sun out of your loved one’s eyes with a pair of sunglasses, like these performance shades from Smith Optics (from $139) suited for the mountains, but look great off the slopes too.
Smart travelers know that keeping essentials in a carry-on bag is key for a successful trip — even on a ski trip, when gear and clothes are bulkier than usual. Buy your favorite winter sports buff a carry-on bag that fits in the overhead compartment—and saves space in the trunk for those skis. The Gear Warrior Duffel Carry On ($249) is waterproof with oversized treaded wheels, making it perfect for any ski or snowboardtrip.