Get up, Get Out and Let It Snow
1. Volkl RTM 86 UVO $1175
Like a fine-tuned sports car, the RTM is built for performance. 3D Ridge technology forms a raised central ridge on the ski, giving it just the right amount of flex and torsional rigidity without adding extra weight, so edge-to-edge transitions are smooth in any conditions. The RTM comes standard with the WideRide XL 12.0 binding system.
2. Dakine Leather Titan Glove $75
Keep your digits warm and dry this winter with this uber-warm GoreTex glove. Reinforced leather palm adds durability, and waterproof shell helps keep hands dry. Keep your gloves on for nimble tasks, thanks to articulated fingers, and use stash pocket for a heat pack on extra-chilly days. Bonus: Touch screen compatible.
3. The North Face FuseForm Brigandine Jacket $499 & Pant $399
The Brigandine begs for adventure. Waterproof, breathable, and fully seam taped, it’s ready for any weather you throw at it. High-traction areas are seamlessly reinforced for durability, and HyVent fabric with four-way stretch lets you move freely. Jacket is designed to be worn with a pack, so pockets are accessible even with a hipbelt fastened, and pants feature phone-specific pockets designed to keep moisture out.
4. Outdoor Research UberLayer Hooded Jacket $299
The UberLayer does it all– first chair at Vail, hikes in the backbowls, après, and powder days. Polartec Alpha (a water resistant and compressible insulation) and a nylon shell join forces to create a midlayer that breathes and keeps you warm, even when wet.
5. K2 Spyne 110 High-performance meets versatility in K2’s Spyne 110. A forgiving flex available in three different lasts (for skinny, normal, and wide feet) means you’ll be shredding hard all day. You won’t loose extra energy in power transfer from foot to ski, thanks to four buckles plus a serious power strap, and Intuition liner is the icing on the cake. 6. Lululemon Metal Vent Tech Thermal Crew & Tight $78 each
Lets face it, baselayers can get stinky. Luckily the folks at Lululemon are working to out-smart odor causing bacteria with Silverscent technology, so your next-to-skin layer is less likely to offend your better half. Sweat-wicking fabric moves moisture quickly to keep you dry and chafe-resistant seams are kept out of the way.
1. K2 OoolaLuv 85Ti $850
K2 women’s skis are on point. With a dedicated women’s research and development program, they’ve been able to really get down to the nitty-gritty of what women want (from their skis, at least). OoolaLuv is perfect for resort adventures, and shaped for easy turn initiation, responsiveness, and versatility.
2. Flylow Vixen Coat $320 & Donna Pant $315
Flylow fit’s great– fitted where you want them to be, but enough room to have full range of motion. Made of a softshell fabric thats super breathable and completely waterproof, the Vixen Coat and Donna Pant will keep you warm, dry, and looking fly in the best and worst of weather you’ll find this season.
3. The North Face Desolation Hybrid Jacket $199
Swapping layers is a pain, so adding a hybrid midlayer like the Desloation can be a game changer. Super breathable four-way stretch material under the arms moves sweat out almost as quickly as it’s generated, and PrimaLoft Silver Insulation on the chest and back keeps you warm so you’re warm when temps drop.
4. Salomon Quest Access Custom Heat W $600
Tired of having cold feet? The Quest is your new best friend. Built-in batteries heat liners to keep your tootsies warm for up to 18 hours. Custom moldable liners fit like a dream, and adjusting heat levels between three options lets you pick the perfect temp. You’ll be so warm you won’t even want to stop for lunch.
5. Corbeaux Silverqueen Long Sleeve $98 & Jackpot Pant $90
Aspen-based Corbeaux makes eco-friendly baselayers built for performance. Details like watch peek-a-boo hole on the sleeve and anti-muffin top pants (yes, really) will leave you looking for any excuse to wear these. Made from a bamboo blend, the Silverqueen and Jackpot are super soft and have natural anti-bacterial and anti-stink properties.
6. Oakley Flight Deck XM $210
The Flight Deck gets a face lift for this season–debuting a slightly smaller frame size–but still provides a wide field of vision. Thanks to Prizm technology one lens can handle a wide variety of conditions, so you’ll spend less time fumbling with lenses and more time making turns.
1. Line Gizmo $300
Little rippers tend to be hard on gear, so Line reinforced these kid-approved planks with an extra thick base and edges to last. Whether they are learning the difference between pizza and french fry, or already giving dad a run for his money, the fiberglass-reinforced Aspen wood core gives the Gizmo just the right amount of responsiveness without being too heavy.
2. Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket $119
Keep the kiddos warm on winter adventures–from building snowmen to learning to ski–with this essential down layer. Filled with responsibly farmed 600-fill down and treated with DWR for water resistance, the windproof Down Sweater lets kids be kids, but outside. Available in boys and girls.
3. Full Tilt Growth Spurt $200
Buying new gear every year for growing kids can be a pain, but Full Tilt has a plan so you can spend that money on something better. The Growth Spurt has adjustable sizing to keep kids skiing in them for more than one season. Shell adjusts to grow up to three sizes bigger as kid’s feet grow, and neoprene liner stretches to fit bigger feet.
4. Smith Sidekick Goggles $30
5. Giro Nine Snow Helmet $90
6. Spyder Youth Overweb Ski Glove $45