It’s holiday time—the season for giving. What should you get for someone who loves skiing? Skiing is a gear-intensive sport, and you can’t go wrong with buying something that will help your favorite skier have a better time on or off the slopes.
From jackets to a digital ski coach to a once-in-a-lifetime ski trip, you’ll find reviews of items both essential and aspirational. Whether you’re looking for a cool gift for the avid skier who has everything, or practical gifts for adults or kids, the following 25 gift ideas for skiers will give you a wide range of options to consider.
Ski Gifts For Him
Best Jack-of-all-trades Wool Hoodie for Men
Voormi Treeline Hoodie, $199
The Treeline Hoodie is designed as a jack-of-all-trades layer: It can be used as a mid-layer or a standalone piece, thanks to Voormi’s Surface Hardened wool, which sheds water, and a full-cover hood. It also features soft, anti-microbial wool with wicking properties, which makes a suitable mid-layer for resort or backcountry skiing. The Treeline’s surface also has stain-resistant properties so that it retains its original look. voormi.com.
Best Gift for the New School Look, Old School Vibe
Flylow Men’s Sinclair and Women’s Penny Insulated Flannel, $130
It’s a shirt, it’s a jacket, no…it’s the Flylow Insulated Flannel. The Sinclair and the Penny have the look and feel of a button-up flannel, but with an interior insulated with 40 grams of Spaceloft synthetic down and lined with silky taffeta. The heavy-duty, quick metal snaps can be buttoned on the fly and the chest pocket adds an attractive flair to the poly-brushed flannel exterior. Both the Sinclair and the Penny come in three colorways. flylowgear.com.
Best Gift For Him/Her That Suits Different Environments, Levels Of Intensity
ODLO’s New Nordic Ski Collection
Langnes is the perfect jacket for cold cross-country laps, while Markenes performs well in temperatures just below freezing or even lower if the intensity level is high. If there a full day’s work ahead on the snow then Engvik’s lightweight construction is an ideal solution and if it’s simply affordable quality required for recreational use, Brensholmen is a solid favorite. The pinnacle style, the Merino-wool-insulated Silsand, is for those sub-zero days that take your breath away.
Ski Gifts For Her
Sustainably-made Ski Jacket for Women
Picture Exa Jacket, $285
Picture showcases a new line of apparel made with Bio-Sourced polyester—a fabric made from sugarcane waste that’s blended with recycled PET. The fabric is even sweeter, thanks to Picture’s Dryplay recyclable membrane, which offers 20k/20k waterproofing, along with a PFC-free durable water repellent treatment. The Exa has a helmet-friendly hood, fully taped seams, pit zips, a snow shirt, and wrist gaiters. picture-organic-clothing.com.
Helmet/Goggle Combo for Women
Smith Women’s Vantage Helmet, $270; Smith I/O MAG S Goggle, $270
The Smith Vantage Helmet combines elements to enhance safety, comfort, and durability. Zonal Koroyd works with MIPS technology for energy-absorbing impact protection. 21 vents allow for airflow adjustments, while the BOA 360 Fit system can micro-adjust for a snug fit. The Vantage integrates well with the I/O MAG S Goggle, which features Smith’s ChromaPop lens, designed to enhance color and contrast on the slopes. The bright light and low light lens swap out quickly, thanks to the MAG lens system. smithoptics.com.
Baselayer and Legging for Women
Krimson Klover Stargaze, $109; Krimson Klover Dream On, $89
Designed in Boulder, Colorado, with recycled fabric, the Stargaze Baselayer Top and Dream On Baselayer Legging hold up to the elements thanks to UPF 50+ sun protection and moisture-wicking fabric. Movement and comfort are paramount, thanks to 4-way stretch properties, flat seam construction and a brushed back for a soft feel next-to-skin. The Stargaze’s deep zip allows for venting, and the Dream On features a high-rise fit. krimsonklover.com.
Jacket for the Storm Chaser
Arc’teryx Sentinel AR Jacket, $675
The “AR” in the Sentinel AR Jacket stands for “all-round” and it can withstand severe winter weather around the mountains. A GORE-TEX membrane, WaterTight pit zips, a StormHood, and taped seams all add to it being weatherproof. The women’s relaxed freeride fit offers freedom of movement and is compatible with backcountry ski packs. Pair with the updated Sentinel LT Pant ($499) for full use of Arc’teryx’s Slide’n Lock system, which integrates jacket and pants for a snowproof pair. arcteryx.com.
Down Jacket for Active Skiers
The North Face Steep 50/50 Down Jacket, $350
Uphill skiing or downhill skiing, the Steep 50/50 Down Jacket is your ticket to a breathable insulator. A waterproof shell fabric has the soft hand-feel of a softshell, with stretch properties that work with the body during activity. A baffled construction uses body mapping to place insulation in necessary areas. Water-resistant 800-fill ProDown has a high cluster-to-feather ratio and holds to the Responsible Down Standard, which The North Face helped to create to ensure responsible practices in the goose-down supply chain. thenorthface.com.
Ski Gifts for Kids
Best Ski Boots for the Ripping Junior Skier
Rossignol All Mountain Alltrack Jr 80 Ski Boot, $375
The right boot will help junior skiers progress on the slopes. The Rossignol Kid’s All Mountain Alltrack Jr 80 offers all-mountain performance, including Optimized Hike Mode, which allows kids to get a 50-degree range of motion in walk mode and confidence-inspiring downhill performance in ski mode.
The 100mm last balances fit and comfort for growing feet, while the Generative Design Grid shell reduces weight without sacrificing power. The rubber GRIPWALK soles (sold separately) increase traction and add a more natural walking motion for kids. rossignol.com.
Skis for the Junior Freeskier Who Shreds like an Adult
Atomic Bent Chetler Mini, $360 (sizes 133-143); $425 (sizes 153-163)
Freeskier sensation, Chris Benchetler designed the ski and the cool top sheet graphics based on the popular adult version of the Bent Chetler. The Mini has a generous 90mm waist and Atomic’s HRZN tip and tail, which adds more surface area without adding weight. Dura Cap Sidewalls add a performance on the groomers as well as more durability for active juniors. atomic.com.
Best Gift for Ski Enthusiasts with a Sense of Humor
Grass Sticks Ski Pole Plunger, $38
Grass Sticks, producer of bamboo ski poles, debuts a ski pole plunger this season. Designed from the scraps of cut-off ski pole orders, the 20-inch handle is made from bamboo—a sustainably harvested type of grass with the tensile strength of steel. A black plunger head fits most toilet and sink shapes, and the strap is made from recycled polyester for a pole plant feel. It includes a 5-year warranty. grasssticks.com.
Most Practical Gifts for Skiers & Snowboarders
Best Way to Hydrate on the Slopes for Around $100
Osprey Glade 12 Skiing Hydration Pack, $110
The unisex Glade 12 works double duty as a hydration system and storage pack. The slim silhouette doesn’t take up too much room on the chair, yet provides enough room to store extra layers, snacks, and goggles. The 2.5-liter reservoir has an insulated hose and bite valve cover to keep water from freezing on the slopes. Durable nylon holds up to heavy use; Osprey designed the pack with recycled materials and a PFC-free water repellent coating. Quick and easy diagonal ski carrying capability makes sidecountry adventures a snap. Osprey.com.
Unique Skiing Gifts
Best Gift For the Skier Who Wants to Support Diversity in the Backcountry
Weston Backcountry Summit Ski, $849
Weston is best known for designing award-winning snowboards, but the new Summit Ski is the culmination of five years of R&D for Weston to move from one plank to two. The Summit is constructed with lightweight paulownia wood, aluminum stringers, and a carbon topsheet, resulting in a light but responsive backcountry touring setup. Artist Brooklyn Bell designed the topsheet, and a portion of the proceeds go to Powder to the People Scholarship, which fosters inclusion and diversity in the backcountry. westonbackcountry.com.
Best Ski Trip of a Lifetime
Ski Glen Plake’s Chamonix, $15,5000
Alpin Luxe offers exclusive trips with championship coaches in a small group setting. Founded by Aspen-native and U.S. Ski Team coach Gary Miller, Alpin Luxe trips include luxurious accommodations, delicious food and expert instruction. Skiing icon Glen Plake has called Chamonix, France, his home for many seasons, and in March 2022, you can ski Chamonix like a local as you follow Glen on adventures to ski some of the most breathtaking off-piste runs in Europe. alpinluxe.com/product/ski-chamonix-france-with-glen-plake-26-feb-5-march-2022/.
Best Gift for the Traveling Skier
HEAD Boot Carry On, $79
Dubbed the briefcase for your boots, the HEAD Boot Carry On is designed to fit in overhead compartments and tightly packed cars or vans. Depending on the journey, the messenger-style bag has a padded shoulder strap or backpack straps, for ease of carrying. The compact bag weighs a mere 700 grams and ensures that your boots arrive at your ski destination when you do. head.com.
Best Gift for the Skier Who Loves Taking Off Their Boots
Deckers X Lab KO-Z SNPR, $120
The KO-Z SNPR combines the coziness of a slipper with the performance of a sneaker for a shoe that feels comfortable after a day in plastic ski boots. Made in a factory that supports HER project—which helps empower and educate women in the workplace—the KO-Z SNPR is constructed from EcoTan sheepskin and cow suede leather and recycled wool, used for their thermo-regulating properties designed to keep your feet at an even temperature. A grippy outsole adds traction and the anatomical memory foam insole adds comfort. deckersxlab.com.
Best Gift For the Skier Who Brings His Own Holiday Cheer
TINCUP X VSSL Flask, $110 for flask; $129 for Mountain Mule Kit
Aprés-ski aficionados can have their cup and whiskey, too. TINCUP Mountain Whiskey, distilled in Colorado and named after the tin cups miners once drank from, has a bourbon-style profile. VSSL created a special-edition flask in a TINCUP-inspired colorway, with a rugged construction of stainless steel and military-grade aluminum in a sustainable, reusable design. Proceeds from this collaboration benefit Leave No Trace. cocktailcourier.com (Mountain Mule Kit); tincupwhiskey.com (standalone flask).
Best Gloves for the Resort Skier
Hestra Tarfala Glove, $135
Hestra has been keeping skiers’ hands warm with handcrafted gloves and mittens since 1936. The classic Tarfala Glove is made with goat leather, which uses an eco-friendly tanning process that results in a soft and pliable exterior. The special fiber blend of G Loft insulation creates a high warmth-to-weight ratio. Velcro closures at the wrist keep out snow, but the lining is removable if drying is needed. hestragloves.com.
Best Midlayer for Active Skiers
Patagonia Men’s and Women’s R1 Air Zip-Neck Midlayer, $119
The R1 Air Zip Neck fleece is a technical mid-layer for outdoor adventures. The R1 Air is named after two important components: R for regulation of temperature and odor, and Air for its lightweight, breathable properties. The quick-drying fabric is made from uber-soft, 100 percent recycled polyester in a moisture-wicking zig-zag structure, and is Fair Trade Certified sewn, which means the seamstresses earned a premium for their labor. Pair with the Patagonia Long-sleeved Capilene Cool Daily Shirt for a quick-drying, odor-controlling combination. patagonia.com.
Best Piece of Gear for the Backcountry Skier
BCA Tracker4 Avalanche Transceiver, $389
Whether new to the backcountry, or a seasoned backcountry skier, an avalanche transceiver is a must-have piece of gear. The updated Backcountry Access Tracker4 is an easy-to-use beacon with a large LED display, glove-friendly controls, and rubberized case. Light and small, the beacon includes a harness and batteries, plus a limited 5-year warranty. backcountryaccess.com. For backcountry neophytes, pair the Tracker4 with an AIARE Level I avalanche course. avtraining.org.
Best Gift For Under $40
100 Slopes of a Lifetime: The World’s Ultimate Ski and Snowboard Destinations, $31.49
Filled with beautiful National Geographic photography, wisdom from experts, need-to-know travel information, and practical tips, this inspirational guide offers the planet’s best ski and snowboarding experiences on breathtaking slopes around the world.
Complete with a foreword from celebrated Olympic alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, 100 Slopes of a Lifetime is divided by interest and skill level: cross-country routes to intermediate downhill moguls to expert-only backcountry terrain, skiers and snowboarders will find the perfect destination for their dream terrain. From dreamy Colorado escapes to Hokkaido, Japan, where Siberian storms dump more than 60 feet of snow every year, you’ll find countless slopes to add to your bucket list from the wilds of Alaska to breathtaking Morocco. Available on Amazon
BruTrek Double Shot Travel Press, $39
Designed in Montana, the BruTrek is the perfect French-Press for the skier on the go—whether making coffee in the parking lot on a powder day, or in the backcountry. The Double Shot 3.0 Travel Press mug is BPA-free, has a double-wall vacuum insulated stainless steel body, and can brew 16 ounces at a time. The press and drink lid combine to create a spill-proof top for traveling, while a lower storage canister can hold tea or coffee until you’re ready to brew. planetarydesign.com.
Best Gloves and Mitts for Professional Skiers
Kinco Women’s 1927KW Gloves, $26; Kinco Women’s 901TW Mitts, $39
Kinco is a family-owned company located in Portland, Oregon. The 1927KW Glove and 901TW Mitt follow the work-glove ethos, in a skier-friendly design. Kinko uses premium suede pigskin, which stays soft and flexible even when wet. The elastic knit of the polyester wrist prevents heat from escaping, and Heatkeep thermal insulation is laminated to the soft lining to trap heat. The 1927KW features Kinko’s recognizable striped cotton canvas fabric for increased breathability. A Nikwax Waterproofing packet is included. kinko.com.
Best Stocking Stuffer for under $20
Swiftwick VISION Six Impression National Park Socks, $19
Made in the US, Swiftwick VISION socks are designed with a contoured fit, medium cushion, a seamless friction-free toe box, and fibers that promote breathability and wicking properties. The graphics, however, will delight any National Park enthusiast, thanks to the vibrant 360-degree printed designs that feature six iconic National Parks including the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon. swiftwick.com.
Best Gift for the Tech-savvy Skier Looking to Improve Technique
Carv Digital Ski Coach, $348
Taking a ski lesson is a great way to improve your skills, but what if you could get an in-depth analysis of your skiing—all through an app on your phone? Enter the Carv: Some assembly is required, but tech-minded skiers will geek out on installing the Carv liners inside the boot shell and attaching the liner cables to the trackers, which collect data. The Carv app reports your Ski:IQ score and offers tips from world-class instructors to help you improve your turns—all in real-time. getcarv.com.