Updated: Nov 29, 2021
The Avant Ski Team has shared our favorite ideas for the skier or rider on your shopping list. We’ve included gifts priced as low as $24 along with our favorite ways to get stoked for the season, top picks for essential gear, best ideas to stay warm, new ways to track your stats, and tools to recover.
These items were independently chosen by The Avant Ski Contributors. Avant Ski LLC may earn a commission on purchases through these links.
That's right, a book (the Ultimate Ski Book). Amp up the stoke and explore new resorts all year round. The Ultimate Ski Book is packed with the insider tips, the best in ski fashion, style, accommodations and après. Follow skiing through the centuries to appreciate contemporary ski culture. Perfect for striking up a conversation, trip planning and discovering new resorts.
A jigsaw puzzle of your favorite ski resort. There’s no better way to become intimately familiar with the trail map while getting excited to make some turns. We completed this Park City Puzzle before heading there last winter. Round out your trail map puzzle collection with Vail, Killington, Mount Snow, Keystone, and Breckenridge.
Integrated Helmets & Goggles. Enhance visibility and safety by matching your goggles with your helmet. Smith is top notch in both categories. For the ultimate combination of style, fit and function we recommend the Vantage Helmet with either the 4D Mag or I/O Mag Goggles. Each are available in both Men's and Women's sizes. For a custom fit, Smith has recently introduced the I/O Mag Imprint 3D - a custom 3D printed goggle created from a facial scan.
Turtlefur Active Performance Balaclavas. Face coverings are critical to staying warm. The Turtlefur Active Performance Balaclava fits well, stays in place, and offers UPF 50+ protection. Breathable, quick drying and comfy. One size fits all adults. Also available in youth size!
Hestra Mittens. Hestra makes some of our favorite mittens; though pricey, they're extremely durable. We’ve used the same ones for 4-5 seasons straight. Keeping your fingers in contact with one another keeps them warmer. These come fun colors in women's and men's sizes. We've never had a bad day wearing these, even when it’s below 0º and the wind is blowing 20 mph.
Do-It-All Jackets. Flylow makes some of our favorite gear and we particularly love the Albert (men's) and Daphne (women's) jackets for their versatility. Both feature PrimaLoft Eco insulation, which will keep you warm while maintaining breathability so that you don't overheat if you decide to take a quick hike. The jackets also features 20k/30k waterproof membranes and fully taped seams to keep you dry and comfortable all day.
The Warmest Jacket for the Coldest Days. If you run a little colder want to stand up to the elements, the Helly Hansen Alpha (men's) and Alphelia (women's) LifaLoft insulated jackets are for you. Helly Hansen has taken their most popular jackets (worn by the Swedish ski team) and added their new LifaLoft insulation, an innovative material that provides maximum heat retention while creating a jacket that is still lightweight and easy to pack. As always with Helly Hansen, extra features abound, including a detachable and helmet compatible hood, a RECCO® Advanced Rescue system for findability, a LIFE POCKET+™ to keep your phone battery alive in cold, a ski pass pocket and a goggle shammy.
Most versatile jacket. The Arc'teryx Atom Insulated Hoodie is warm, lightweight and breathable. Designed with Coreloft™ Compact 60 insulation this is the perfect jacket for all of your adventures. Wear it alone or layer on a cold day, you won't want to travel with anything else.
Comfy, warm base layer. Investing in your base layer will pay off in spades. We recently upgraded to the Smartwool Merino 250 bottoms and are pleased to report they are very soft, durable and warm. Also available in women's sizes. Black Diamond also makes warm, comfortable base layers.
Lightweight ski socks. Start the season with fresh, lightweight socks. Thicker socks restrict mobility, impede your boot fit, and hold moisture that results in cold feet. Good circulation (being able to wiggle your toes!) is the key to keeping your feet warm. We’re big fans of the Smartwool Lightweight Socks, available in both men's and women's sizes.
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Senger Boots. Inspired by the retro style of après ski boots from the 70s and 80s, the Senger Scouts for men are a functional, yet stylish, water-resistant boot. This all-weather shoe is temperature rated as low as -25 degrees Fahrenheit and has been described by ski-patrollers as similar to wearing slippers to and from the mountain.
Level up your Tech
Fitness Tracking. The Garmin Forerunner 645 can record all the details of your skiing or riding based on movement and will automatically pause when you’re on a chairlift or take a break. This watch is an easy way to keep track of time on the mountain, distance traveled, maximum speed, average speed, and total vertical descent including a visual record in the form of a map of your day. It also seamlessly sinks with Strava, the leading social network for athletes, so you can share and inspire your friends and followers all winter.
Communication Device (In Resort). How many times have you successfully stayed together with your ski group all day? That's what we thought. A two-way radio is the easiest way to maintain contact with friends and family on the mountain, even without cell reception. Any radio with a full-day battery life should do. We recommend the Motorola T-482 – a reliable, water-proof unit that stands up to use in cold, snowy conditions. Sold in sets of two.
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Action Cameras Everyone knows that if it's not on film, it didn't happen. Make sure you capture your sickest tricks, biggest lines, and silliest shenanigans with a portable action camera. GoPro is the long-standing industry leader, and their latest release, the
Hero 10 Black, offers ridiculous 5.3K video and incredible image stabilization. To get even more creative, consider the Insta 360 ONE X2. This handheld or helmet-mounted camera captures 5.7K video in an astounding 360˚.
Added comfort and flexibility
Backpacks are helpful to have on the mountain. Though most lodges will be operating at normal capacity, avoid crowded spaces by keeping snacks/food and extra layers handy. Bonus points if the pack is capable of carrying a board or skis. We like the Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Pack. This do-it-all backpack is built for the slopes whether you are going on an all day tour or shredding in-bounds at the resort. Made for skiers and snowboarders alike, this pack has a spot for your camelback, ice axe and everything in between.
Recover with the Hypervolt Hand Held Massage Gun. The Hypervolt Handheld Massage Gun is the perfect antidote to a day on the slopes. This device has 5 different attachments so it can reach all the sore spots; it runs on technology so quiet that you can have it on in the background while watching TV of chatting with family or friends. The rechargeable battery lasts up to 3 hours per charge. Great for speeding recovery from running, hiking and biking too.
Avant Ski Swag
Beanies, Buffs and Stickers. Support our new company and show that you are in the know with all new swag. Our beanie is wonderfully warm and eye-catching with a two-tone pom pom and hand-knit front logo. Our Buffs are manufactured by Blackstrap, wick away moisture, dry quickly, have a UPF 50+ rating and are only $15.
Demoing Skis or Snowboards
For a useful and fun experience, consider a gift certificate to demo skis or snowboards from a shop at the base of the mountain. The recipient will be able to try multiple skis in a day, optimize for current conditions and even allocate their demo costs to the purchase of a new pair of skis. Learn more with our Guide to step-by-step demoing considerations and ski recommendations.
All prices quoted were checked shortly before publication, but prices are subject to change and may not match what is found online. Readers should also make sure to check in-stock and delivery status.
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