Advertisement Skip this ad »
  • Photo: Inga Hendrickson

    1 of 9

    Backcountry.com's X 4Frnt Renegade skis

    The only thing better than fast-but-stiff powder boards? Limited-edition ones like the Renegades ($800). They're hand-built in Salt Lake City, and heaps of rocker and tapered tails ensure they'll float in the fluff.

  • Photo: Michael Karsh

    2 of 9

    Giro Combyn helmet

    Don't lend the flexible outer throw you: the snow-specific Combyn ($120) is designed to take hit after hit. Credit a material called vinyl nitrile, an impact-absorbing foam that, paired with Giro's proprietary shell material, can take repeated abuse, making it perfect for park rats. And because it's more bendy than most, it offers all-day comfort that other helmets don't.

  • Photo: Michael Karsh

    3 of 9

    Dakine Skyline mitts

    Pulling off your gloves to check your phone or cue up music while on the lift is risky business. That's why Dakine designed the Skyline mitts ($60)—insulated, water-repellent gloves with a zipper around the fingers for easy access.

  • Photo: Michael Karsh

    4 of 9

    Mophie OutRide iPhone case

    While it's kind of terrifying to strap your precious iPhone to your helmet for a video shoot, it's less so with the OutRide ($100). The helmet-mountable polycarbonate case makes your phone waterproof and drop-proof while widening the lens from about 51 degrees to 170 degrees—plenty to capture your pole plants.

  • Photo: Inga Hendrickson

    5 of 9

    Discrete Droz neck gaiter

    Thanks to Discrete, the neck gaiter—a fleecy mainstay of skiers back in the eighties—is in vogue again, and it's finally attractive. The Droz gaiter ($18) is stitched from quick-drying polyester and protects your face and neck from sun, sleet, and wind.

  • Photo: Inga Hendrickson

    6 of 9

    Helly Hansen Skagerak sweater

    This versatile sweater ($100) performs brilliantly before, during, and after a day on the hill. That's because the finely knit merino wool combats stink, wicks moisture, and looks great.

  • Photo: Inga Hendrickson

    7 of 9

    Flylow Rudolph jacket

    The 850-fill down Rudolph ($225) is perfect for the hardcore skier who's out charging tree runs even when the mercury drops below zero. Its ripstop fabric is as brawny as its lumberjack styling.

  • Photo: Inga Hendrickson

    8 of 9

    Deep, by Porter Fox

    Much has been written about the fatal 2012 Tunnel Creek avalanche in Washington, but Porter Fox's Deep ($25) uses the tragedy to delve into freeskiing's history and climate-impacted future. Get it for a backcountry enthusiast: it'll change the way they think about powder days.

  • Photo: Michael Karsh

    9 of 9

    Best Made Company Belgian Dart Set

    The gamer on your list will love this classic ($122), which is made from basswood (the board) and birch (the darts), with brass liners between each scoring ring. An ideal après activity for your next ski trip.