Winter is here, and the mountains are calling. And with a new ski season comes the holiday shopping season. As snow enthusiasts gear up for another ski season, the search for the best gifts for skiers and snowboarders begins. Whether you’re shopping for the daredevil carving the mountains with finesse or the laid-back spirit reveling in the beauty of a snowy wonderland, we’ve got you covered with some of the coolest gifts for skiers and snowboarders for the 2023 holidays.
From stylish snow gear to essentials like ski socks to high-tech accessories, these gifts for skiers, snowboarders, and winter sport enthusiasts will upgrade your ski season. Let’s dive into the top gifts for skiers and snowboarders for the holiday season.
The Best Gifts for Skiers From OnTheSnow’s Partners
Jamie Anderson, Olympic gold medalist, lifelong snowboarder, and free spirit, has left her mark on these unique Oakley snow goggles. The tie-dye base pattern blended with a touch of snow leopard print creates a one-of-a-kind style that resonates with her flower child vibe and adventurous spirit. Jamie’s Wild Ride Snow Goggles were created with a cylindrical design to provide users with the ultimate peripheral vision for a wide variety of face shapes and helmet styles. In an intentional head-to-ankle approach, this style can be merchandised with multiple items across the assortment. oakley.com
Crafted for resort skiers and riders, Darn Tough’s Function X Over-the-Calf socks are one of the company’s most tech-savy snow socks, redefining comfort and warmth. The midweight merino wool construction ensures a smooth and cozy feel, perfect for extended sessions on the slopes. Terry cushioning in the shin and a strategic ‘X’ on the top of the foot alleviate slipping and bunching. Darn Tough’s Function X Over-the-Calf socks are perfect for confidently conquering the slopes and staying warm and comfortable while doing it. darntough.com
Hotronic – XLP 2P BT Heat Socks, $444.00 a set
Embrace the joy of winter sports without the chill with Hotronic’s XLP 2P BT Heat Socks. Compact and lightweight, these socks boast intelligent charging, Bluetooth connectivity, and advanced lithium-ion batteries that offer up to 18 hours of continuous heating power. Bid farewell to cold toes and extend your ski days with this cutting-edge solution, providing warmth and comfort at every step. bootdoc-hotronic.com
Fairmont – Luxury Ski Vacation Packages, Up to 30% off stays
Give the gift of travel by gifting the ultimate mountain resort experience at one of Fairmont’s incredible mountain destination hotels in Canada. Fairmont presents irresistible winter ski vacation offers with up to 30% off stays at their iconic Canada resort hotels at the Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, and Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Book from now until March 29, 2024 for stays through April 30, 2024. This is the perfect gift for those seeking luxury and adventure on a breathtaking Canada ski trip this winter. this-is-canada.com
Communicate seamlessly on the slopes with the Packtalk Outdoor by Cardo, the world’s most advanced sports communicator. This wireless, hands-free, waterproof intercom is packed with cutting-edge technology and a sleek design that offers a smooth communication experience between you and your companions when out on the mountain – no internet or cellular network required. Enjoy hands-free conversations, phone calls, and music streaming via Bluetooth connectivity, all with the exceptional sound quality of JBL mounted right on your helmet. Versatile mounting options, waterproof design, and the durability to withstand harsh conditions make this communicator a must-have for year-round outdoor enthusiasts who like to stay connected. cardosystems.com
Take the fun of skiing to après-ski with Moguls, a fast-paced, easy to learn, family-friendly dice game for skiers and riders alike. With the Moguls dice, each side of the dice has a ski trail color, representing the various levels of difficulty, like on the slopes, and with ascending point values. Roll the highest combination of points by selecting and keeping the right dice. It’s a great addition to your après-ski routine, whether that’s playing while enjoying patio drinks at the resort or playing back at your cabin to cap off your day. It’s an on-the-go game that fits in your pocket. skihousegames.com
The Best of the Rest
The Flylow Puffer Pant takes warmth and insulation to the next level on those cold weather days. These fleece-lined underwear bottoms are accompanied by a warm down panel around the thighs, glutes, and hamstrings, where most riders could use a little extra coverage to keep warm on chilly lift rides or under light-lined snow pants and bibs. Bonus: They double as stylish loungewear for après-ski, hut trips, long drives, and more.
Skida Buff Alpine Neckwarmer, $30
Skida is well-known for making high-quality neckwarmers, hats, and headbands for all kinds of outdoor activities, and especially winter sports. Made of a variety of fun colors and prints for men and women, the Alpine Neckwarmer is perfect for keeping your face cozy from neck to nose on colder days. Its poly-blend outer fabric wicks away moisture and a Polartec micro-fleece lining stays dry and soft against the skin.
Nothing quite says a fun new ski season like a fun new hat to pair with it. Grab yourself or your loved one a high pile fleece hat from Switch Fleece. These stylish hats, inspired by retro skiwear, come in a wide variety of colors, from lavender to army green, perfect for everyone on your shopping list. Snaps on the “peaks” of the hat give wearers the option of a low-profile look or a bold, edgy style. It’s the hottest new hat for skiers, snowboarders, and everyone in between.
Warm booties for après-ski and parking lots hangs are an absolute must, and LINE skis make the perfect pair for any kind of rider. Available in black, ivory, or purple, these booties were designed to provide warmth and protection, no matter what you decide to do on your snowy winter day. The grip-lined sole, puffy exterior, and fleece-lined interior make these shoes durable enough to withstand the elements and comfy enough to double as house slippers. Rounding out this ultimate après shoe is a thick layer of foam that will mold to your feet with wear.
Goodr Wrap G Sunnies, $45
Looking for a futuristic sunny style for less? Goodr Wrap G Sunnies are designed to take a hit. These frames are constructed with a no-slip grip that eliminates slippage from sweat, and polarized lenses with UV400 protection and an anti-fog coating to ensure they keep your eyes protected on bluebird days. Plus, the frames have a removable nose-piece and two sizing options to customize to any face shape and size in a wide variety of colors and lenses.
The Arc’teryx Atom Insulated Hoodie is all-time, designed with synthetic insulation and water-resistant fabric that retains warmth when wet and wicks away sweat with minimal odor consequences. Stretch side panels improve insulation and breathability, and a storm hood is helmet-compatible, making this layer the perfect companion for any rider who loves the waterproofness of a shell outer layer but doesn’t want to sacrifice warmth. This ski jacket is wearable on the mountain or off, providing protection and comfort no matter where your day takes you.
All skiers, snowboarders, and outdoor gear enthusiasts could stand to have a few extra straps on hand for keeping gear organized in the car, in their packs, and on their racks, and Voile Straps can do it all. Made of tough stretch polyurethane with a UV-resistant additive, these straps are built to withstand the elements and last for years. Meant to act as a durable alternative to duct tape, nylon straps, and bungee cords, these straps are an excellent accessory for any skier or boarder to have on hand to secure, bundle, and repair on the go.
Any rider that wants to take on off-piste terrain, whether inbounds or out of bounds, should know a thing or two about avalanches. As snow years get increasingly unpredictable, knowledge is power. Bruce Temper’s guide to Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain is the perfect place to start for curious skiers and boarders looking to expand their knowledge of snow and challenge themselves on more expert terrain on the mountain. While it’s not a replacement for an avalanche safety course, this book provides easy-to-understand avalanche safety tips and skills that can be applied each and every day on snow for those looking to get started.
Black Diamond Spark Mitts, $119.95
Everyone needs a sturdy weatherproof and waterproof mitten that can hang on both deep storm days and bluebird days alike. Black Diamond’s Spark Mitts can do it all. Designed with a super-tough goat leather shell that keeps hands protected and a waterproof insert that keeps hands dry, these mitts are made to keep up. EVA padding on the outside of the mitts provides extra protection from hard falls and rogue branches, so your hands stay toasty and impact protected.
Dakine makes great backpacks for ski touring and resort riders, and the Poacher series is perfect for both. Made in styles for both men and women, the Poacher 22L offers enough volume for full days on the mountain when you wish to pack avalanche tools, snacks, extra layers, hydration, and more. Made with recycled nylon ripstop that can hang on in brushy glades, and a water repellent finish that will keep your things dry on the inside, this Dakine backpack is a must-have companion for skiers and riders who like to be prepared on the slopes.
NoSo Patches for Gear and Apparel, $9.99-13.99
NoSo Patches are a great gift for loved ones looking to extend the life of well-loved ski gear and ski apparel. Got a hole in your favorite jacket? Slap on a NoSo patch. It’s made with an aggressive adhesive that can withstand the elements – and the washing machine – while personalizing gear to suit any rider’s style and taste. Say goodbye to duct tape repairs, and save money on new gear in style.
Single-use hand warmers are so yesterday. For those with colder extremities, the Celestron Elements Firecel+ is the perfect replacement. This rechargeable, aluminum shell, dual-mode hand warmer provides heat for up to 12 hours, is pocket-compatible, and can charge smartphones while on the mountain. Plus, it’s built with red and white LED flashlight features and an SOS for unexpected emergencies. All-around, it’s an excellent tool for long days on the mountain.
Dermatone Outdoor Protection Kit, $30.99
There’s nothing better than a bluebird day and there’s nothing worse than a bluebird day goggle tan and sunburned lips. But enter Dermatone, and its Outdoor Protection Kit, featuring a lip and face protector, skin protector creme, two lip balms, and a sunscreen stick. The kit can fit into the smallest packs, or you can take the items out of the kit and stuff them in your pockets.