Are you looking to take your gift-giving skills to new altitudes this holiday season? Shred through your list with this Pro Tips guide of great gifts for snowboarders and skiers.
Whether they take on blue, red or black runs, the skier or snowboarder in your life is probably dreaming of a white Christmas. But with every fresh sheet of powder comes something else — cold weather. Fortunaetely, winter accessories are great for two things: fitting in stockings and keeping your boarder warm.
Hats, ear warmers and scarves can keep riders snug and stylish on the slopes. Available in a variety of designs, they can rep their favorite team or colors while ripping down the mountain. Gloves are another wintertime staple, but not all gloves are created equal. To make sure you are purchasing the right type of glove, check out this helpful Pro Tips guide.
Another accessory to get through the backcountry is the balaclava. Commonly known as a ski mask, a balaclava is a tight-fitting covering with eye, nose and mouth openings that can help protect skin from frigid temperatures. Some come with removable face masks that make for an easy transition from riding the chairlift to eating gingerbread outside of the lodge.
Your ski or snow pro might also like to see something in their stocking that helps them, well, see. Goggles are a key piece of gear needed when packing for the mountains. But before purchasing goggles as a gift, keep in mind their color, shape and fit with the assistance of this buying guide to ensure you make the right purchase.
Help your ripper bring jam session to a new meaning with Wired Chips. This audio system fits into snow helmets and lets riders make phone calls or listen to music on the slopes. Your skier or snowboarder will surely be singing your praises if they find a set in their stocking.
Music isn’t the only thing that needs to be tuned during the holidays. In order to get the best use of a snowboard, it needs to be properly tuned as well. Tools like brushes, wax, edger tools and screwdrivers can be the difference between a successful run and a wipe out. Brushes help keep boards clean from dirt while wax helps increase the speed and smoothness of a run. Starter kits are available for a quick and easy stocking stuffer. If your loved one needs a refresher course on tuning a snowboard, point them here.
Waterproofing treatments are essentials for boot care — know how to choose from sprays, waxes and creams to find out which would be your best option. A ski boot carrier strap allows for easier transportation when walking around the lodge, while a towel is a simple accessory that can be used to dry off skis and snowboards before packing them back into a car.
The holidays are all about memories and you can give the shredder in your life a gift that will help them make even more. With an action camera and accompanying accessories like helmet mounts, your boarder or skier can film their freestyle festivities for all to enjoy. Check out the complete list of stocking stuffers for snowboarders and skiers below.
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