Valentine's Day Gifts for your Ski Love
Updated: Feb 10
Valentine's Day falls right in the heart of ski season. So if skiing is on your mind, or the mind of your valentine, consider a gift to enjoy while skiing or riding. We cover little things like the perfect coffee mug for ski inspiration, convenient ski rentals, gear to stay warm and cozy, comfy boots, and even some tools for recovery.
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Little Things for Off of the Mountain
Mug with Your Favorite Ski Resort
Mugs are a fun reminder of a favorite trip or inspiration for your next adventure. Sip your coffee or tea and dream away. We especially like the 15 ounce mugs for pour overs. This collection includes various resorts like Park City, Aspen, Whistler, and Stratton and comes with matching coasters.
Temperature controlled heated Ember mug. We were content with a traditional ski mug until this temperature controlled delight joined the scene. The Ember is intelligently designed with an app on your smartphone to control the temperature of your drink, a charging station coaster and newly improved battery life of up to 1.5 hours. Never drink cold coffee again!
Spice it up with Chili Crunch. To spice things up, we’ve been putting Momofuku's new Chili Crunch on everything this season. With three types of pepper and an umami base, it’s especially delicious with eggs and avocado toast. It's also portable and perfect for adding a burst of flavor to lunch on the mountain during your ski adventures. Or have some waiting at home to warm you up! Vegan and gluten free.
Rent Skis in Style
The freedom and hassle-free nature of renting skis has always been one of our pro tips. We tried Ski Butlers during our travel in January and found the service to be a game changer. Relax, enjoy your coffee, and let Ski Butlers meet you wherever you are with top of the line Rossignol Gear. See our full post here or head directly to the Ski Butlers website here.
Staying Warm & Cozy
Lightweight ski socks. Who doesn't appreciate new socks? While it may seem counterintuitive, 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.
Hand warmers. With lodges operating at limited capacity, keeping your hands warm is critical. These are easy to stuff in your pockets and will keep your hands warm for hours at a time. Perfect if you're always taking your gloves on and off to snap photos or helping the kids with hats and jackets. Resorts charge a premium so come prepared. Get them here for less!
Comfy, warm base layer. Your base layer can make your day and is well worth the investment for a solid foundation. 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 and comfortable base layers.
Mittens. We’re big believers in mittens, generally, and Hestra makes some of our favorites. Though pricey, they're extremely durable, and we’ve used the same ones for 4-5 seasons straight. Keeping your fingers in contact with one another keeps them warmer. These come in lots of fun colors in women's and men's sizes. A version with a three-finger "claw" design for added dexterity is also available.
Heated socks. Do your feet get really cold? Splurge and go for heated socks. While these are not always our favorite for performance on the mountain due to their thicker design, they're perfect on frigid days. They’re also essential for enjoying the outdoor après scene and outdoor dining this season. The Lenz 5.0 package includes heated socks and rechargeable lithium battery packs.
Heated Vest. Going inside is more restricted this season. The Ororo Heated Vest will keep you warm, is light-weight, and good for layering. Of course, you can turn the heat on or off if you start to overheat. This is good for skiing as well as generally embracing the outdoors this winter. Available in Women's or Men's sizes.
Men's Snow Boots. The Danner Mountain 600 Hiking boots are warm, waterproof, lightweight and stylish enough to wear in the city. The red laces should seal the deal for this occasion.
Women's Snow Boots. For ladies, this season, we are enjoying the Sorel Explorer Joan Boots. Changing our boots in the parking lot has become routine and there is no shoe we'd prefer to return to at the end of the ski day. Don't wait, these are on sale now!
Foam Roller. Lots of spas are closed or operating with limited capacity this season and that group hot tub may be less appealing. Recovery is still essential, so we share some of our favorite tools to recover in the comfort of your accommodations. At a minimum, consider traveling with a small (13 inch) Trigger Point foam roller.
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Hypervolt Hand Held Massage Gun. For greater recovery, get the one you love a Hypervolt Handheld Massage Gun. This powerful device has 5 different attachments so it can reach all the sore spots and runs on technology so quiet that you can easily 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. If your valentine enjoys running or cycling, the Hypervolt speeds recovery from those sports too.
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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