Smith Vantage Helmet ($220)
The Vantage is a standout performer, with a protective honeycomb polymer and a low profile.
Kastle BMX 105 HP Skis ($1,249)
At 105 millimeters underfoot, this is a solid daily driver for western skiers. A silver fir core and hollow tips keep it relatively playful.
Giro Contact Goggles ($240)
We could rave about the superfast lens-swap system or the insanely wide field of view through top-notch glass. But we really love the Contact for its big-mountain steeze.
Truck M2 Gloves ($65)
The M2’s check both the durability and warmth boxes, with tough four-way-stretch nylon and goat leather built around PrimaLoft Gold synthetic fill.
Nordica Speed Machine 130 Boots ($799)
These stiff, 130-degree-flex boots are ideal for hard chargers who want ultimate precision. The secret: the fit system, which uses infrared heat to quickly mold the shell to your foot.
Original Buff Android Jones ($20)
Buff has single-handedly evolved the humble neck gaiter. Its trippiest design to date is based on works by Boulder-born digital artist Android Jones.
Flylow Chemical Pants ($340)
These tough three-layer pants, with reinforced knees and cuffs, should outlast every other item you ski in. Ample venting along the thighs keeps them comfortable in a range of climes.
Smartwool Men’s PhD Ski Light Elite Socks ($24)
It’s tough to beat this blend of merino and synthetic fibers for the best mix of warmth, plushness, and sturdiness.
Marmot Torbin Half Zip ($120)
Base layers don’t get much cozier than the Torbin, which is made from a mix of brushed and regular fleece
Faction Mitchell Jacket ($309)
All the cool kids wear Faction. Makes sense when shells like the Mitchell offer style and resort-centric features (like a high, fleece-lined collar) at a digestible price.
Soul Poles Limited Edition ($350)
These handmade bamboo sticks don’t boast high-tech carbon-fiber anything. But they look and feel fantastic.