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5 Gifts Skiers and Snowboarders Will Love

From protecting your head on the slopes to your gear on the road, these products are guaranteed to be a hit for the holidays.

By: The Outbound Collective + Save to a List

The best thing about giving someone a skiing or snowboarding gift over the holidays is that they can usually put them to work right away. The only thing better than the expression on their face when they receive their gift is the one they have a couple days later when they stumble into the house after a mesmerizing day in the snow. Red cheeks, an ear-to-ear grin, and totally exhausted, they'll be grateful for any of these five gifts for many pow days to come. 

1. Black Diamond Dawn Patrol 32L Backpack

This pack is designed for backcountry touring so it's super lightweight, but still has plenty of carrying capacity at 32L. Pack it full of mountaineering essentials for a big day of touring or fill that extra space with a thermos, lunch, and maybe a few of of your favorite canned beverages for cruising groomers inbounds. The Dawn Patrol is equally well suited for snowboarders or skiers since it features a diagonal A-frame ski carry system as well as a vertical snowboard carry system. 


2. Thule Snow Pack 6pr Roof Mount

The slopes are more fun with friends. This little guy can carry your whole crew's skis and snowboards up to the mountain, keeping the interior of your car dry and preventing the unavoidable damage to your upholstery. 


3. Smith Skyline Chromapop Goggles

Comfort, clarity, fog-resistance, and durability. These are the qualities we look for in a pair of workhorse goggles that we'll wear day in and day out and that's what you'll find with the the Skylines. 


4. DAKINE Super Tune Tuning Kit

Stop taking your ride into the shop for tune-ups and learn to do it yourself with this rad tuning kit from Dakine. It has everything you need to make basic adjustments and handle regular maintenance at home. 


5. Smith Maze MIPS Helmet

We're big fans of Smith helmets and of the MIPS technology that we're seeing a lot of brands integrate into their helmets. MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System and long story short, it's designed to help reduce brain injuries. This is a solid, comfortable, and good-looking choice from Smith and a very affordable product considering the value of the MIPS technology. Worth it. 


Cover Photo: Holly Mandarich

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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