If you are looking for a special gift for a skier or rider, you are in luck. With advancements in technology, 2016 offers more choices for great gifts that are sure to please any skier/rider. We have compiled a list of some of the best gift ideas for skiers/snowboarders this year to help you during this holiday season.
Rossignol & PIQ Wearable Ski Sport Tracker
If they are an avid skier/rider that not only tests their limits but love technology, check out the PIQ Wearable Tracker. This is a featherweight wearable device that attaches to your boot to monitor your performance during each run. It will track carves, turns, twists and other movements and analyze the information to provide them with details about how well you are doing. The device measures carve angle, transition time, G-Force, jump height, rotation and air time to give you a complete overview of your run and how to improve.
Kulkea Boot Trekker - Ski Boot Backpack
We’ve mentioned this boot bag in our best boot bags article. This is, in our opinion, the best boot bag on the market. It’s also a great gift for any snowboarder or skier. What makes this bag special is that it is designed so there is a place for everything you need to bring on the mountain (except for skis and poles). The bag is also constructed from high quality materials. This is sure to please anyone receiving it as a gift. If the person is smaller, check their Powder Trekker model.
Brunton Pulse 1500 Portable Charger
Maybe you don’t usually need a portable charger, but on those rare occasions you really got stuck. The Pulse 1500 is a small emergency power source for those times when you need. This charger is extremely small at 2.75x2.75x.5 inches and easily fits into a pocket. It uses USB ports allowing charging on multiple devices.
Waterproof Cell Phone Case
These days, it seems that everyone has a cell phone. It’s become a part of ourselves and eventhough we are on the mountain, we need our phones. But, these devices aren’t cheap and we want to protect them from the cold and snow. A great way to do that is with a waterproof case. This particular case will keep your device dry while still allowing you to use it. The case features crystal clear windows on both sides, allowing you to take pictures or videos, checking your emails and all other touch screen functions. The case is IPX8 Certified to 100 feet below water.
DryGuy BootGlove Boot Covers
If the person your shopping for complains about having cold feet on the mountain, take a look at BootGlove Boot Covers. These provide a Thermal Protection Layer of Insulating neoprene on your Ski Boots that help keep your feet warm in extreme wind chill and winter snow conditions. The company claims that these will add up to +20-degrees F/7-degrees C to your boot's toe box. It is also waterproof.
DryGuy Boot & Glove Dryer
If you are shopping for an active skier/rider that is constantly on the slopes, a sure bet is that they have wet gloves and boots. A great gift for them is a boot and glove dryer. With these, at the end of the day they can simply put the gloves or boots on the dryer and leave them until dry. These special dryers are simple to use and inexpensive. Another great use is to warm up the gloves or boots before skiing.
Hotronic Electronic Foot Warmer
Keeping your feet warm on the hill is a constant battle for some people. Probably the best way is with electronic foot warmers inside the boots. Hotronic has been constantly improving their batteries and the latest S4 model is the best yet. These can be installed on most any ski or snowboard boot and use attachable battery packs. The batteries are rechargeable and can provide a full day of warmth.
JayBird Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
With their devices on the slopes, a lot of people love to be able to listen to music on the slopes. Even better now days is wireless Bluetooth technology. The Jaybird Sports Wireless Headphones are an excellent choice for Christmas. The headphones have a battery life of 8 hours to last throughout the day on the hill. The headphones also allow you to take calls with a remote control and are very comfortable with secure Over/Under-Ear Fit Options and Memory Foam Ear Tips.
Goal Zero Mini Phone Recharger
We don’t know many skiers or riders that have not had the cell phones die on them when they were on the hill. It makes it hard to text them and know where they are at. The solution is a recharger. This recharger by Goal Zero is extremely compact and is easy to just throw into a pocket and leave it there for when you need it. Also, check out Goal Zero’s line of portable solar panels that allow you to anywhere there is sun.
Oakley Flight Deck Prizm Goggle
Googles are a necessity for anyone on the hill and receiving a great pair is always appreciated by any rider or skier. Ski Goggles have greatly advanced the last few years and one of the best is the Oakley Flight Deck Prizm. It features a rimless lens design, F3 Anti-fog coating, and a sub-frame attachment for fast and easy lens changing. The Prizm lenses provide unprecedented control of light transmission for maximum contrast and enhanced visibility.
BearTek Bluetooth Gloves
Imagine you are riding the lift and all of a sudden someone calls you. You could take off your gloves, grab your phone, and risk dropping your gloves or your phone. BearTek Bluetooth gloves solves this problem by allowing you to control your phone directly from your gloves without having to remove them. Not only can you control your phone, you can also control your GoPro® camera.
These gloves are designed to not be a high tech toy. Even without the technology, they are high quality gloves that will keep you warm and comfortable. Also, BearTek uses premium weatherproof goatskin leather which allows you to remotely control your devices. The gloves have two interchangeable modules: the Phone Module or the Camera Module to control your GoPro® products. The gloves use touch points on the glove that gives you wireless control of your phone, music and camera - letting you answer calls, play/pause and skip music tracks, and capture your adventure in video or photos.
Handmade Snow Ski Wine Rack
A great gift for skiers who like wine (or wine drinkers that like skiing) is a ski wine rack. This particular company makes the wine rack from recycled skis and they are made in the USA! This gift offers a unique way to display wine and share the love of the sport in their home or ski chalet.
Mengde Ski Balaclava Full Face Mask
If you gift is for someone that likes to stand out on the mountain and have fun with it, checkout these full face balaclavas. If you aren’t familiar with what a balaclava is, it is simply a full face mask that keeps your whole head warm in any kind of activity. These kinds of masks have been around for a long time, but now designers are getting creative with them and offer numerous looks to suit every kind of skier/rider.
Ski/Board Shoulder Carrier Strap
Every skier or boarder needs to carry their skis to and from the hill. Add a good boot bag that can handle most of your equipment and you still need to get the skis and poles. A great way to make things easier for anyone (young or old) is a good carrier strap. These not only will hold the skis together, but with the shoulder strap, you can easily throw it on your shoulder making it much easier to carry. Plus, the strap is small and easy to throw into your boot bag. Great stocking stuffer!
Sometimes the best inventions are the simplest and this is one example. This is simply a coiled up plastic cord that you attach from your phone to your jacket. By having it strapped, it will prevent you from losing your phone. Anyone who has ever dropped their phone off the lift or even off the trail in deep snow, wishes they had one of these.