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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.