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Boarding School Is in Session
From top, BOLLE's 5-0 sunglasses ($100; 800-222-6553, www.bolle.com) blend retro cool with today's optical superiority; the waterproof nylon on the OAKLEY ANORAK ($160; 800-414-5215, www.oakley.com) keeps you dry through powder, slush, and sleet; with sticky rubber on the palms and fingers, DAKINE's GORE-TEX BRONCO GT gloves ($60; 541-386-3166, www.dakine.com) let you grab both rails and railings with ease; side vents on THE NORTH FACE's waterproof-breathable SURVEILLANCE PANT ($189; 800-447-2333, www.thenorthface.com) will help you keep your cool; the leather on RIDE's IO boots ($195; 800-757-5806, www.ridesnowboards.com) makes them fit like a glove; SALOMON's SPX7 bindings ($280; 800-225-6850, www.salomonski.com) join forces with the DAVID BENEDEK ERA PRO snowboard ($550; www.benedek-era.com) for a setup that can whip-snap you through turns yet hold steady on steep descents.

Best in Class
From top, see the light (and terrain variations) with a pair of SR5 goggles from VERSION OPTIC ($75; 866-734-5748, www.versionoptic.com); the four-way stretch fabric on HELLY HANSEN's SANTO JACKET ($350; 800-435-5901, hellyhansen.com) is the right stuff for aerial moves; the CONVERT AMPED GLOVE ($60; 800-547-8066, convertboardwear.com) has a topside pocket to hold a heat pack; wear cords while you're on the corduroy with SALOMON's TENEIGHTY pants ($149; 800-225-6850, www.salomonski.com), then hold your lines with help from Salomon's CUSTON-FIT PRO MODEL SC SPACEFRAME ski boots ($675); park-and-pipe hounds, all you need to succeed is a set of K2 PUBLIC ENEMY FREESTYLE SKIS ($475; 800-972-4063, www.k2skis.com) and poles ($75), MARKER COMPY FREE 14.0 bindings ($340; 800-453-3862, www.markerusa.com), and, of course, brass cojones.

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