The Best Gifts for Skiers

The shredder in your life won’t be disappointed with these 24 gift ideas.

Updated October 27, 2022

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A couple of skiers ride a chair lift.

We get it. It can be hard to shop for skiers: They’re particular about their gear, often knowing exactly what they like and need. The good news is there are some trusty items that anyone who loves sliding down snow will appreciate, like a new pair of goggles, comfy post-ski slippers or storm-proof gloves. Our staff put together this well-vetted list of the best gift ideas for skiers to make your job a little easier and their day on the mountain that much better.

 

Warm skiers make the best partners. Not only are they nicer and less prone to complaining than cold skiers, but they ride longer between breaks, too. Cash in on such benefits by hooking your buddy up with this kit from Hotronic, which includes a couple of rechargeable heating elements, perfect for hard, plastic ski boots. They work with most insoles (including snowboard boots and hiking boots), and the beeper-size battery packs easily affix to an ankle cuff or power strap. Four settings allow for varying temperatures (ranging from 2.5 hours to 21 hours per charge). $268

 

DAKINE Cool Lock

DAKINE Cool Lock

The sad truth is that skis and boards can walk away from the racks at the resort. Instead of springing for your pal’s replacement rig, beat the five-finger discount with this $15 piece of hardware. With the DAKINE Cool Lock, your friend can customize a four-digit combination and secure their skis or board to a rack during breaks on the hill. The 3-foot-long cable retracts into the tiny housing, which is small enough to fit in a jacket’s chest pocket. $15

No, the latest-and-greatest from GoPro isn’t reserved for skiers and snowboarders. But rippers will certainly appreciate the HERO10’s HyperSmooth 4.0 technology, which offers gimbal-like video stabilization in all modes. The handheld camera is slimmer than previous iterations (2.8 by 1.9 by 1.3 inches) and includes a swanky LCD touchscreen. It also has time-lapse video, burst photos, live streaming, weatherproofing, voice control and more. $500

 

Grass Sticks Original Bamboo Ski Poles

A pair of Grass Sticks Bamboo ski poles on the slopes

Here’s a unique, hand-crafted-style gift we can get behind: ski poles made from sustainable bamboo. These durable, woodsy poles from Grass Sticks feel light and nimble as you’re cruising down the mountain, but they’re shockingly tough (read: no snapping in half like aluminum poles often do). Made in Colorado, the poles are constructed with hand-sanded bamboo, rubber grips, recycled straps and interchangeable baskets. $109.95

 

Treating your friend or family member to a new helmet is a subtle way of saying, “I want you to stay safe.” With Smith’s MIPS-equipped snow helmets, safety is priority number one, as the helmets’ impact-absorbing foam liners are expertly designed to reduce rotational forces to the brain in the case of a fall. These helmets also feel and look good while protecting the passenger, thanks to customizable fits, ample venting and seamless goggle integration. $155

 

High-quality optics let skiers navigate mountains with full clarity (a clear safety measure) while offering up beautiful landcsape views. This collaboration between REI Co-op and Smith means you get nature-inspired artwork on the goggle strap designed in-house at REI, with all the top-notch lens technology that Smith is known for. This cylindrical lens provides ample peripheral vision and can be effortlessly swapped out with an included extra lens for low-light conditions. $120

Smith 4D MAG ChromaPop Snow Goggles

Smith 4D MAG ChromaPop Snow Goggles

Looking to go even more panaromic? Consider gifting the new 4D MAG ChromaPop, which boasts the biggest field of view in the category. With Smith’s newish BirdsEye Vision technology, the semi-frameless lens wraps around the bottom of the goggles, allowing the wearer to see an area that’s typically blocked by face foam and plastic. Best part? That tech doesn’t come at the expense of aesthetics: The 4D MAG ChromaPop, which has two interchangeable lenses, is slick. Available in regular and low-bridge fit. $320

Hoods are great for blocking wind, rain and haters. The only problem? They’re typically attached to jackets. Not so with the Mount Hood Overhood from Turtle Fur. The best part of a hoodie, the standalone fleece-lined hood can be worn with any outer layer on a bare head or over a cap or helmet for extra warmth. (Think of it as an ultrawarm balaclava that can fit over a helmet.) A long neck gaiter tucks into layers to seal out cold spots, and it has a nifty drawcord to snug it around the face without necessitating bouncy laces. $44

 

You can’t go wrong by gifting a Buff, which has so many versatile outdoor uses. Most likely, a skier will wear this stretchy, microfiber tube as a face and neck covering to block the sun, snow and wind. This one — which has a built-in insect repellent and UPF 50+ sun protection — can also be worn as a hiking or running accessory in the summer months. Other fun uses: goggle cloth, sweatband, helmet-hair cover, the list goes on. $28

 

The North Face Thermoball Eco Snow Triclimate Jacket (Women’s and Men’s)

The North Face Thermoball Eco Snow Triclimate Jacket
Left: Men's Thermoball Eco Snow Triclimate Jacket

The nice thing about this snow jacket from The North Face is it’s suited for nearly all conditions, thanks to a three-in-one design that can be adjusted depending on the climate or the comfort level of the user. Cold day? Wear the two-layer shell with its zip-in puffy jacket, made from 100 percent recycled ThermoBall™ Eco insulation. Warm out? Ditch the insulated layer and just wear the waterproof, breathable DryVent™ shell. The puffy can be worn on its own, too. Think of this as one gift with multiple uses. $360

Give the gift of a quick ride, sharp edges and a hint with this everything-you-need-and-more tuning kit from North. The lunch box-size, zip-up case contains all the tools necessary for repairing, tuning, waxing and buffing. All that’s missing is an iron. (Two-for-one shopping idea: Upgrade your mom’s regular iron, then take her old one for ski service.) $120

 

Outdoor Research Gripper Heated Sensor Gloves

Outdoor Research Gripper Heated Sensor Gloves

Warm, sturdy gloves are a necessity out there. If a skier’s hands get cold or wet, the day can end pretty quickly. These insulated, waterproof Outdoor Research gloves allow for  dexterity in buckling boots or adjusting goggles on the go, and they come with touchscreen compatibility on the fingertips, so the wearer can shoot off a quick text or snap a photo from the summit without going barehanded. At just the right weight and warmth, these gloves are toasty enough for January storm days but light enough to wear all spring long, too. $89

Some skiers—especially those with cold hands—prefer mittens. Black Diamond Mercury is modular with insulated liners and waterproof mitts that can be worn separately or together. The mitten-style liners are equipped with 170 grams of PrimaLoft Gold insulation on the back of the hand and 133 grams on the palm, plus superwarm, high-loft fleece. In stormy weather, add the fully waterproof shells, which have long, gauntlet cuffs. $119.95

 

On extra-cold days, hand warmers can make a big difference. Shake up a heated pouch and slip it into gloves and mittens, and with comfortable, warm hands, your friend will be able to stay out longer. This pack of four hand warmers from Ignik deliver up to 10 hours of warmth, and after your friend is done using them, they can cut open the pouch and compost the material that’s inside. $6.95

DryGuy Travel Dry DX Boot Dryer

DryGuy Travel Dry DX Boot Dryer

Sweat-soaked, snowmelt-saturated boot liners pose a problem for both the wearer (an invitation to next-day cold toes) and friends (breathe through your mouth). Say no to both with this contraption from DryGuy. A pair of energy bar-size fans slides neatly into boot liners and plugs into an included AC/DC power adapter, so your buddy can dry at home or in the car. The hybrid system pulls air over a thermal element before venting, heating boots (great for regular shoes, too) and drying them faster than a traditional fan system (DryGuy estimates between two and five hours). $50

 

Many skiers these days are choosing bibs for the comfort and extra coverage that they provide in the mountains. (No snow down your pants when you tumble or ski in powder? That’s a win.) For those who run cold or ski in extra-chilly locations, insulated bibs like the REI Co-op First Chair GTX Bib Snow Pants, featuring 40 grams of synthetic insulation and full torso coverage, can be a day saver. They also have thigh vents and a stretchy back panel for temperature control. $199

Flylow Baker Bib Snow Pants (Men's) and Flylow Foxy Bib Pants (Women's)

Flylow Baker Bib

If you’re shopping for someone who runs warm or tends to hike for their turns, the Flylow Baker Bibs and Foxy Bibs are equipped with inner and outer thigh vents and three-layer fabric with ultra-durable Cordura reinforcements, making it great for skiers who’ve been known to lose battles with ski edges and tree branches. $430

 

The survivalist in your life will swoon over this multi-tool. Designed with input from medics, EMTs and firefighters, the Leatherman Raptor boasts six tools including a strap cutter and glass breaker. Excessive for the everyday skier? Maybe. But for the right recipient, this tool might be the pocket piece (or at least chairlift conversation piece) they’ve been searching for. $79.95

Voile Strap with Aluminum Buckle

The Voile ski strap in bright orange with an aluminum buckle.

Gift your friend one of these handy ski straps from Voile and we promise you, they will be impressed by your savviness. Skiers use these durable, weatherproof straps to clamp their skis together while they’re walking through the ski area parking lot. But they can also be used in the backcountry to strap skis to a backpack, aid in an emergency situation, or fix a faulty climbing skin. This multi-purpose tool packs down small and easily fits into a jacket pocket when not in use. $7.50

 

Maybe the skier on your list diligently tunes and waxes their own skis before hitting the slopes. Or maybe they aspire to be the kind of skier who waxes their own skis, but they need a little nudge in that direction. Consider that nudge this handy collection from mountainFlow eco-wax. The kit comes with a range of biodegradable and plant-based ski-base waxes for a variety of temperatures, a waxing iron so they don’t have to use their clothes iron, a tuning stand and a brush and scraper. In other words, everything they’ll need to get a fast glide. $250

Swix Thermometer

Swix Thermometer

The hotdogger in your life doesn’t need this retro thermometer from Swix, but they probably won’t be mad about it. The old-school design suits this novelty to a cabin or garage, but its primary colors actually serve a purpose, indicating which Swix wax is ideal for the temperature (if your friend is in the business of daily tuning). $29.95

 

You can’t go wrong with the Patagonia R1. “I have two R1s and would still be pleased to unwrap another this holiday season,” says one devoted Expert Advice editor, illustrating our point. It was first introduced in 1999 and quickly grew a fan base as skiers (and other backcountry adventurers) realized the high-loft waffle material is unmatched in trapping heat next to skin while easily letting moisture and sweat escape. It’s awesome as a base layer, mid layer or outer layer (in milder climes). Available in lots of options. $139

 

Sure, giving (and receiving) socks as a present doesn’t sound like the most exciting prospect, but maybe that’s because you haven’t yet gifted Smartwool ski socks with fun graphics and colors. These nearly knee-high socks are made from sustainably certified merino wool — which dries quickly and naturally fights odors — and come in just the right thickness and cushioning so as to keep toes warm but also fit easily inside ski boots. They come with body-mapped mesh to increase airflow to your feet and artist-designed graphics. $29

Teva ReEmber Moc Slip-Ons (Women’s and Men’s)

Teva Ember Moc Slippers

Level up your companion’s parking-lot footwear with these insulated slip-ons. The skier in your life will, of course, love swapping hard, plastic boots for these hotel-pillow-soft slippers, but the Teva ReEmber Mocs — an Editor’s Choice award winner — generally elicit universal appreciation: They’re great for camp, long flights and even the (casual) office. A collapsible heel allows for easy on-off and wearing them like clogs, while a ribbed, rubber outsole provides some traction. $79.95

 

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