When approaching your holiday gift-giving strategy it’s important to first think about your loved one's passions. If they dig snowboarding, or if a ski trip is on the agenda this year, surprise the skier or snow boarder in your life with any of the following gift ideas:
The North Face Mens Powder Guide ABS Vest ($1,199)
Originally designed for ski patrollers, The North Face ABS Guide Vest doubles as a backpack with the ability to carry all your backcountry gear without the added weight of an angry midget on your back. The ABS Avalanche Airbag System has a 95% success rate in the field. It’s no wonder TNF Team rider Xavier De le Rue had this to say about ABS
“I’d never go riding without it, I think people should take note of that and freeriders should use it all the time.”
Black Diamond Storm Headlamp ($49.95)
Stay safe while riding your townie around with the Black Diamond Storm fully waterproof headlamp. The lamp features 100 lumens of power giving you the ability to see for 70m (290 feet) or the equivalent of ¾ of a football field. You can even submerge the Storm down 1m (3.3 feet) underwater for up to 30 minutes.
Heli Guide Course ($1,995)
A seven day heli guide school course offered in the lower 48’s at the Alta ski resort. Clients will learn the ins and outs of using snowcats, snowmobiles, helicopters and chairlifts in challenging terrain. The course curriculum includes high-angle rescue, snowpack assessment, terrain selection, complex avalanche rescue scenarios and real-time guiding situations on authentic terrain.
Smith I/O Recon Goggle ($649)
Smith Optics has teamed up with Recon Instruments to create the I/O Recon Goggle featuring a head up display showcasing real time data that has never before been seen in the ski industry. All the information you could ever want is now in front of your eyes. Users can track how fast they’re going on the mountain; find the GPS locations of their friends, toggle between calls and songs via Bluetooth and best of all record airtime and distances. Claiming that 30 foot cliff just got a whole lot easier.
ResQLink Personal Locator Beacon ($280)
If you travel in remote areas a small handheld personal locator beacon is essential. Cell phones only work in certain locations as opposed to a satellite system that provides location data to assist Search and Rescue operations by using a universally recognized 406 Megahertz (MHz) frequency. Once the ResQLink Personal Locator Beacon is activated the position of the user is forwarded to the local Search and Rescue.
Delux Spark XV Boot ($399)
Splitboarders for years have been trying to find a boot that works for snowboarding and mountaineering. The Delux Spark XV, named after big mountain charger Xavier de Le Rue does both with ease. Great for riding, hiking and even when using crampons the XV’s have a Vibram sole and extended lips on the front and back of the boot. For the rider that can’t get his boots tight enough there’s a power strap and 3 separate lacing controls.
Jones Snowboards Carbon Solution Splitboard ($1099.95)
The Jones Snowboards Carbon Solution Splitboard will be dominating the backcountry for generations to come. A directional rocker freeride board with Magnetraction, camber under foot and a lifted tip and tail allow you to float effortlessly though deep snow. Jeremy even teamed up with Karakoram to provide the best locking system on the planet. A fully wood core and carbon top sheet provide a very natural surfy feel to the board.