The Gear Guy's Holiday Picks

For the Skier

Volkl AC4 Titanium, Dakine Blade Pack, and 180s Storm Shell Earwarmers    

Volkl AC4 Titanium
A serious ski for serious skiers, the newly designed AC4 Titanium is an all-around ski with the binding built straight into the ski, creating stupendous responsiveness and nominal weight. Plus it has a full wood core and aggressive sidecut, making it ready to rip from here to Whistler.
$1,115; www.volkl.com

Dakine Blade Pack
'Boarders and skiers will both appreciate the Blade's ability to comfortably lug snowboards or skis, along with a day's supply of clothes and snacks. A zippered waist pocket holds most digital cameras, while an insulated pouch for water reservoirs ensures your fluids don't freeze.
$99; www.dakine.com

180s Storm Shell Earwarmers
Light but warm, these earwarmers are ideal for cross-country skiers. They're made with Polartec Powerstretch, so ears stay warm and dry. And they fold up flat for easy pocket storage.
$25; www.180s.com

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