Every year, people are searching for gift ideas for family and friends. If that person is a skier or snowboarder, it may be easier than you think. There are always new technologies and products coming out that will make that person grateful for the gift. We have compiled a list of some of the best gift ideas for skiers/snowboarders this year to help you during this holiday season.
Regular skiers replace there gloves yearly due to wear and tear. Getting a nice new pair is always appreciated. Below are a couple of models that stand out.
BearTek Bluetooth Gloves (Retail $250)
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.
Eddie Bauer Touchscreen Claim (Retail $179)
People are constantly texting on the slopes and these gloves do an excellent job of allowing you to keep the gloves on while texting. The gloves are made of two types of PrimaLoft to keep your hands warm and has a waterproof/breathable nylon shell. Conductive polyurethane on the fingers lets you operate a smart phone or other touchscreen without removing gloves.
Seirus Heatwave Glove/Mitt (Retail $75.99)
Of late, there has been a surge in battery operated heated gloves. But, you don’t need these expensive gloves/mitts to find more warmth. These utilize Series' Dual Stage Heating System. There is a thermal reflective layer made with a high wicking, polyester/nylon blend. This helps retain 20% more warmth inside the glove than traditional linings. A kinetic process creates a 4-5 degree increase in this heat from wicking energy. This is an excellent gloved for those with constant cold hands without needed to spend a lot of money.
Ever been caught at the end of the day on the mountain where you need to call or text someone but your phone is dead. By keeping a phone charger in your bag, you’ll never get stuck.
Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger (Retail $99.99)
This is a rugged and weatherproof recharger that is light and compact. It is not only good for phones, but will power up anything with a USB port. It also has 2 USB ports so that you can power up 2 devices at the same time. The indicator light can also be used as a flashlight. Not only is it great for the mountain, but anywhere including the airport. This makes an awesome gift.
Brunton Pulse 1500 Portable Charger (Retail $29.99)
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.
Custom Skis (Retail $950 - $1200)
Can there possible be a more perfect gift than getting a pair of skis that are perfectly designed for someone? From the size and shape to the graphics, the skier works directly with the manufacturer to get that perfect set of skis. Even if you don’t know anything about skis, Parlor knows what questions to ask to get you into that perfect ski. At Parlor Skis, this passionate crew works with the skier by getting to know them. By getting to know the terrain they like to go and most importantly “how they ski”, Parlor Skis can create a high quality custom designed ski that they will cherish for a very long time.
Top of the Line Snowboard
Burton Mystery Snowboard (Retail $1,599)
At $1599, this is not a cheap snowboard. Basically, this is Burtons attempt to put everything into a snowboard to make it the lightest snowboard that Burton has. The lightness was created by using a combination of a precision milled Ultrafly Core and proprietary carbon-fiber matrix. It also has a Methlon base and stainless frostbit edges. These are all terms that you don’t hear every day with snowboards. What you need to know is that this is a very versatile all-mountain snowboard with excellent durability and float. In short, without regard to price, this is the best that Burton can do.
Taking videos on the mountain has become very popular and their are some amazingly small cameras that take high quality video.
GoPro Hero 4 Session (Retail $299.99)
The GoPro Hero 4 Session is the smallest, lightest, and most convenient GoPro ever. But, not only is this camera small, it is versatile and takes remarkable video. This camera is essentially a cube approximately 1 ¼ inches wide or about the same size as the lens and sensor on the Hero 4 Black and Silver models. This is quite remarkable. Making a new camera significantly smaller and more durable makes the Hero 4 Session the most versatile action camera available on the market.
Kodak PixPro 360 (Retail $349.99)
Another small action camera coming into the action camera market is the Kodak PixPro SP360. The unique things about this camera is that it can capture 360-degree video without the need for multiple cameras with its unique wide angle lens. Users can download a FREE iOS or Android 360 Remote Viewer App and control and view what you are recording through a Wi-Fi/NFC wireless connection. With the app, you can toggle between viewing options, start and stop record, snap photos and more. The camera is shockproof and freeze proof.
Phone Case / Accessory
Keeping your phone dry and safe from drops on the slopes is very important. Here are our ideas for excellent phone cases to get the job done.
OtterBox Defender Series (various models and prices)
A skier or snowboarder will appreciate an OtterBox case for their phone. The Defender series will handle the harshest conditions and allow phones to survive some tough drops. The phone is completely covered and has multiple layers to break the falls and properly protect.
LifeProof Case – Fre Series(various models and prices)
Some of the nicest and most durable case available. These case are Waterproof up to 2 meters, dirtproof, snowproof, and dropproof. They are sealed from snow and can withstand a drop from 6.6'. While there are other cases that can do this, the LifeProof case is less bulky. This is why LifeProof is considered among the best waterproof cases available.
MyBunjee Classic (Retail $9.99)
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.
Yurbuds Leap Wireless Earbuds - Women`s (Retail $98)
Wireless makes every workout better. yurbuds® LEAP™ Wireless For Women in-the-ear earphones offer core yurbuds ergonomics for a comfortable, secure fit sized for smaller ears. Get 6+ hours of music and call time, visual and audible battery alerts and easy audio control, all without wires to get in your way. Bluetooth connectivity allows seamless integration with your device, so what are you waiting for? Discover the bright side of wireless.
Outdoor Tech Chips Helmet Audio System (Retail $129.95)
Music lovers can drop these sturdy headphones into the earpads of a compatible helmet and connect wirelessly for sound. You can adjust volume, change tracks, pause/play and answer calls by tapping or pressing through your earpads. Uses rechargeable lithium battery that gives 10 hours of play time.
Frequent Skier Card (typically less then $100)
Any skiers or snowboarder loves to get a free lift ticket. But, if you want to go even better than that for just a little extra, get them a frequent skier card. Most all mountains now offer these cards which include one free day plus discounts on all additional days they go to that mountain in the future. Since these cards are only slightly more money than a lift ticket, they make a great value and any skier/snowboarder would love it.
Peet Dry Glove and Boot Dryer (various models and prices)
Having dry gloves and boots is important to any skier/boarder. Wet boots or gloves will make you cold and also will start to smell. Boot and glove dryers have become more common and getting one for home can be relatively inexpensive. The PEET® Dryer company specializes in these type of dryers. They offer compact and efficient dryers with various designs.
Ski USA Playing Cards (Retail $11.35)
Maybe you don’t intend on spending a lot on your gift. That’s ok, there are plenty of stocking stuffers. One of our favorites Ski USA Playing Cards. From Arapahoe Basin in Colorado to Whiteface Mountain in New York, these cards depict your favorite skiing, snowboarding and hiking terrain in full color 3-D modeling maps.
Goggles also make a great gift. Goggles range in proce and quality. Here are 2 of our favorites:
Anon Mig Goggles (Retail $189.95)
These goggle have integrated full-face protection that is powered by magnets. You will be able to seal the googles and the facemask seamlessly with four magnets. There are breathe holes that prevent fogging. They have a wide field of vision and thinner face foam for a close fit. It includes two lenses.
Smith I/O (Retail $225)
The Smith I/O is a high end goggle that offers a great value. You won't find a better snow goggle than the Smith I/O. It has an interchangeable lens system and offers superb optics and a comfortable fit with great ventilation.
Base Layers – The right base layers are essential for an enjoyable day. If the person on your list currently layers with t-shirts, hoodies, and a variety of other bulky things to stay warm, buy them some base layers. If they already have some, buy them some more. You can never have enough.
Boot Bag – Boot Bags are great for skiers or snowboarders. Winter sports require a lot of different pieces, and a boot bag is specifically designed to carry all of your shred accessories. One of our favorite companies for bags is Kulkea (cool-kee-ah). Designed by skiers and snowboarders, they make high quality durable bags that are designed to be compact, efficient, and comfortable.