The Best Gifts for Skiers

The shredder in your life won’t be disappointed with these 29 gift ideas.

Updated September 28, 2023

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.


Buying skis for someone else can be a bold move. But here's why the Salomon QST 106 is a safe choice: It's a versatile width—a do-everything 106 millimeters underfoot—and it's got a just-here-for-the-good-times vibe. This is a ski that floats through powder and carves groomers. A rockered tip and tail make it playful and fun, while carbon and woodcore construction give it the stiffness you need for sturdiness at high speeds.

The Santa Ana 104 from Nordica is a proven happy maker. Hear us out. Women of a wide range of abilities get on this ski and feel an immediate boost—like the mountain is your playground and you've got the skills to explore every corner. At 104 millimeters in the waist, it can handle a variety of terrains and conditions, and the rockered tip and tail make it ideal in soft snow. Metal and carbon give this ski enough strength for hard chargers, but it's not so heavy it'll overpower more mellow skiers. (The Nordica Santa Ana is also available in narrower waist widths, including 88mm or 93mm).

Don't know what to gift the skier on your list? Consider a massive tote bag that they can use to carry all the gear they already own from one place to the next. Families who ski or skiers who tend to have a lot of stuff (which is pretty much all of us) will appreciate the organized nature of the Cotopaxi Allpa 60 Liter Gear Hauler Tote. It's made from tough, weatherproof fabric and has interior slip pockets for keeping goggles, gloves and smaller items tidy. Your giftee can stash their stuff in here for the ride to the ski hill and keep it as a ready-to-go container in the closet or garage.

If you're gifting someone a new pair of goggles, here's a little pro tip: Throw in an artsy-looking goggle case, and they'll be impressed you thought of all the extras. A gogglesoc is a stretchy sleeve that extends snugly over the lenses to protect your goggles when they get tossed around in the back of your car, your backpack or even while on your helmet. These cases are made from recycled plastic bottles and keep you looking cool. But don't limit yourself to just one; there are multiple designs to choose from, including a Picket Range design by Seattle artist Nikki Frumkin).

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 has UPF 50 sun protection, with Polartec® fleece at the base and a full-length Buff Original on top. Buffs can also be worn while climbing, fishing or hiking in other times of the year. Other fun uses: goggle cloth, sweatband, helmet-hair cover, the list goes on. $32

Best Winter Jacket for Snowshoeing

REI Co-op Stormhenge Down Hybrid Jacket

Fabric 94% recycled ripstop nylon/3% nylon/3% polyester; hood, shoulders, lower body, cuffs

Waterproof Yes

Windproof Yes

Insulation bluesign®-approved 850-fill-power goose down (body and lower arms); 98% recycled and bluesign®-approved 180 g polyester (upper/lower body and side panels)

Warmth level Warmer

Weight 1 lb. 10.1 oz (women's), 1 lb. 15.75 oz. (men's)

Just like your favorite rom-com star, the Stormhenge Down Hybrid Jacket from REI Co-op features a gruff exterior but is a total softy inside. Its durable water repellent (DWR)-treated, double-layer HydroWall shell repels even the wettest flakes, and 850-fill-power goose down insulation in the body and lower arms help keep it über warm while staying compressible and lightweight (under 2 pounds).

When snowshoeing, we're more likely to sweat under our arms and on our backs (especially while wearing a pack), so it makes sense to look for a jacket featuring relatively lightweight, breathable fabrics in these areas. The Stormhenge features 180-gram recycled-fiber synthetic insulation that's mapped to the upper and lower body as well as side panels that retain warmth when wet and dry quickly. The jacket's down baffles are welded to the shell to better hold in warmth and prevent cold spots. A draft tube in the collar (similar to what you find in many sleeping bags) further deters heat loss.

What does that look like in action? "The Stormhenge moves beautifully, is well-insulated without being bulky and doesn't get soaked through when I'm shoveling," says Ever Meister, hike editor for Expert Advice, adding that the jacket wasn't fazed by Minnesota's -60°F windchill last December. "Another bonus for that shoveling: pit zips! I always overheat when I'm taking care of the sidewalk, but the easy ventilation on this little number keeps me going comfortably." A three-way adjustable hood fits over a helmet in case you want to take the Stormhenge skiing. Also available in women's plus sizes. Buy here.

Flylow Sarah Insulated Jacket - Women's and Flylow Roswell Insulated Jacket - Men's

Not all bibs are created equal, but the Black Magic Bib Snow Pants from 686 are indeed a little bit of magic. These bibs have a utility we appreciate: They fit a wide variety of shapes and sizes and have a streamlined, workwear-overalls style. Function meets fit with these bibs, and skiers of a range of abilities and preferences can get behind the idea of lots of pockets for stashing essentials, warm and weatherproof fabrics, and discrete venting and breathable membranes for temperature control.

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 Powderbound Insulated 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. Even better: These snow pants contains recycled materials and materials that meet the bluesign® criteria. (Available in a wide range of sizes, including Women's Petite, Women's 1X-3X and Men's Short.

REI Co-op Membership


For the pal who's always adopting a new outdoor hobby, a gift card to buy an REI Co-op membership could earn you major friend points. This lifetime membership for a one-time payment of $30 comes with so many benefits, like 10% back on eligible purchases made at the co-op. Members also enjoy 20% off bike and snow shop services. (Exclusions apply.) *Wax service not available in all locations. Check REI.com/stores for participating stores. Gear must be in rust-free and clean condition to qualify. Membership is a cinch to give: Simply get them an REI Co-op gift card to cover the cost of signing up. Buy here.

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 two battery packs and one heating element 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 power settings allow for varying temperatures.

Foot Warmer XLP 1C Custom Set

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. $20

No, the latest-and-greatest from GoPro isn't reserved for skiers and snowboarders. But rippers will certainly appreciate GoPro's HERO11 HyperSmooth 5.0 technology, which offers gimbal-like video stabilization in all modes. The HERO11's 5.3K video resolution and 27 megapixel photo captures memories in stunning detail. The handheld camera includes front and rear LCD screens to frame your shot better. It also has time-lapse video, burst photos, weatherproofing, remote control and more.

HERO11 Black

Grass Sticks Original Bamboo Ski Poles

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.

Smith 4D MAG ChromaPop Snow Goggles with gogglesoc

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 a small frame size version. $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

Mount Hood Overhood

The North Face Thermoball Eco Snow Triclimate 3-in-1 Jacket (Women's) & (Men's)

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.

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.)

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.

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.

Hand Warmers - Multipack

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). $55.

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.

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

Black Diamond Kit

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

When warmth and packability matter a lot, reach for the Patagonia R1 Pullover. The over-your-head design keeps things simple: There's no hood to bunch up under your pack and no pockets at the waist to add weight or bulk near your hipbelt. Users rave about how the R1 keeps them toasty, whether they're hiking in winter or wearing the mid layer off trail. The gridded fleece interior keeps the R1 light and breathable, and its deep-venting front zipper and easy-to-roll sleeves make it a breeze to regulate your core temp—also a must when you're racking up miles.

One customer reported that the R1 pulled its weight on a 10-day trek through Washington state. "It was absolutely amazing!" she wrote. "Gave me the extra warmth I needed under a jacket and held up extremely well to plenty of abuse during those 10 days."

Backpackers appreciate the off-shoulder seams, which help prevent chafing from pack straps. When you don't need it, the entire pullover balls up to the size of a grapefruit, leaving more room in your pack for snacks. There's also a small chest pocket for an energy bar or gel. Buy here.

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.

Teva ReEmber Slip-Ons

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 Slip-Ons—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. (Also available in a kids' version). $79.95

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