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Holiday Gift Guide

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posted: 12/13/2005

Fat skis. Old-school wool jackets. Rock-and-roll goggles. MP3-player phones. Or maybe you'd like to give something bigger: A cat-skiing trip for Christmas. Heli skiing for Hanukkah. It's all here. It's our holiday gift guide. [""]JOHNSON WOOLEN MILLS CRUISER JACKET
$130
http://www.johnsonwoolenmills.com > www.johnsonwoolenmills.com
The friendly folks at this Vermont-based company have been making wool garments for 163 years. Think of the Cruiser as an old-school soft shell—warm, water-repellent, and breathable—only infinitely cooler.

MOUNTAIN SAFETY RESEARCH LIGHTNING ASCENT SNOWSHOES
$250
http://www.msrcorp.com > www.msrcorp.com
Go tromp around in the snow. The women's version (shown) is light, narrow, and designed specifically for a woman's stride. The men's is similar, only orange—and more manly.

NORDICA HOT ROD BOOT
$845
http://www.nordica.com > www.nordica.com
After testing every new boot on the market, our pros agreed on one thing: The Hot Rod is hands-down the best all-mountain boot money can buy. Our favorite features include great out-of-the box fit for all foot types and a burly power strap.[""]VERAMONTE PRIMUS RED WINE
$15
http://www.veramonte.com > www.veramonte.com
Veramonte is Spanish for "edge of the mountain—and this Chilean merlot/cabernet sauvignon/carmenère blend has all the wine critics fawning. We like it because it's well priced and silky smooth.

MLB 2004 WORLD SERIES DVD
$10
http://www.mlb.com > www.mlb.com
Eighty minutes of distilled play plus behind-the-scenes action and interviews. Wanna watch the idiots beat the Yanks again? The 12-DVD collector's set is $100.

BARRYVOX MAMMUT BEACON
$299
http://www.barryvox.com > www.barryvox.com
The default, digital search mode is foolproof and the analog mode is a great tool for advanced users. An interactive, Mr. Bill-style training DVD makes this model Barryvox's most easy-to-use beacon.

PISTEN-BULLY 300 MODEL
$40
http://www.skimuseum.org > www.skimuseum.org
Your nephew will love the working U-blade and tiller. Your husband might too, but let us suggest the real thing: cat-skiing with central Colorado's Monarch Snowcat Tours (ski-monarch.com) for as little as $113 per person per day.

HOLMENKOL BETA MIX BASE WAX
$20
http://www.holmenkol.us > www.holmenkol.us
Works well in almost all snow conditions.

HIGHGEAR TRAIL AUDIO 1GB MP3 PLAYER
$180
http://www.highgear.com > www.highgear.com
Detach the carabiner to make it even smaller. Spill on it. Listen to FM radio. Or simply rock out: A single AAA battery will last up to 30 hours.[""]COAL LINK HAT
$25
http://www.coalheadwear.com > www.coalheadwear.com
Designed by hipsters in Seattle. 100% acrylic.

DAKINE WINDBLOCKER ZIP
$56
http://www.dakine.com > www.dakine.com
Looks like a low-tech cotton sweatshirt, but behaves like a high-tech fleece thanks to a windproof membrane.

OUTDOOR RESEARCH SUPER COULOIR GLOVES
$170
orgear.comTwo for one: The soft-shell inner glove has a leather palm. Ditto for the beefy external glove, which also features PrimaLoft insulation and a Gore-Tex liner.

ZRE INFINITY SPRINT POLES
$170
http://www.zre.com > www.zre.com
Send the folks ZRE your measurement (ground level to where your moustache is, or, more likely, would be), and they'll custom make you some ultralight, graphite Nordic poles like these. Constructed of three easily replaceable parts in Mount Upton, New York.[""]L.A. BURDICK'S CHOCOLATE PENGUINS
$27
http://www.burdickchocolate.com > www.burdickchocolate.com
Made by renowned confectioners in New Hampshire, each flightless bird is created with a hand-piped ganache of dark chocolate and lemon. Their ineffectual wings are almond-flavored.

BRECKENRIDGE BREWERY CHRISTMAS ALE
$7/six-pack
http://www.breckenridgebrewery.com > www.breckenridgebrewery.com
Purchase this strong (7% alcohol) and chocolaty seasonal ale at the source—brewpubs in Denver or Breckenridge, Colorado—or at select liquor stores nationwide.

THIS IS SPI¨NAL TAP DVD
(special edition) $11http://www.amazon.com > www.amazon.com
Is your buddy constantly (mis)quoting the movie? As lead singer David St. Hubbins says,"It's such a fine line between stupid and clever.

SMITH METHOD SUNGLASSES
$99
http://www.smithsports.com > www.smithsports.com
Partly sunny? The Methods are available with photochromatic lenses that constantly adjust their tint according to the amount of available light.

BUCK NRG KNIFE
$21
http://www.buckknives.com > www.buckknives.com
The hawk-bill-shaped blade looks naughty; the integrated bottle opener is nice. Attach the tidy, 1.2-ounce knife to your key chain.[""]BURTON 6/4 DOWN JACKET
$330
http://www.burton.com > www.burton.com
The color screams spaceman—while the subtle Western styling whispers rancher.

LEEDOM HECKLER HELMET
$110
http://www.leedomhelmets.com > www.leedomhelmets.com
Smart touches include a removable, washable liner and 13 vents. Drop an additional 30 bucks for built-in speakers and cord.

SALOMON EQUIPE 9 SKATE SKI, CARBON PRO SKATE BOOT, AND SNS PILOT EQUIPE SKATE BINDING
$350 (ski), $400 (boot), and $100 (binding)
http://www.salomonsports.com > www.salomonsports.com
In terms of power transfer and fit, Salomon's top-end boots and bindings have long been the industry benchmark. Now, with the brand-new Equipe 9 ski, Salomon has finally made a ski of the same caliber.

BRUNTON WIND RIVER RANGE STOVE
$429
http://www.brunton.com > www.brunton.com
Tailgate like a champ with this powerful (15,000-BTU), virtually indestructible two-burner tank. The professional-grade stainless steel is rust-free, and there's a removable, integrated cutting board.[""]NEW YEAR'S TIARA
$750
http://www.silvertonmountain.com > www.silvertonmountain.com
Silverton Mountain's New Year's Retro Bonanza includes three days of skiing with pros Chris Davenport and Brant Moles, three nights' lodging, lunches, and a December 31st costume dinner party—but no tiara.

SONY ERICSSON W600 WALKMAN PHONE
$250
http://www.sonyericsson.com > www.sonyericsson.com
We're getting that much closer to the do-it-all gadget: The Bluetooth-enabled W600 surfs the Web, takes photos (with a 1.3-megapixel camera), has dedicated video-game buttons, and doubles as your MP3 player (holds 80 songs; headphones included).

PENTAX OPTIO WPI
$350
http://www.pentax.com > www.pentax.com
Slip the protective stretch-plastic sheath (sold seperately) over this six-megapixel, waterproof digital camera and it's virtually abuseproof. Other ski-friendly features include a big (two-inch) and bright LCD screen and a slim, low-profile design.

PROTECH DAILY MOISTURIZER SUNSCREEN
$32
http://www.protechskincare.com > www.protechskincare.com
SPF 30+. Apply some in the gondola.

REACTOR PHOTON WATCH
from $200
http://www.reactorwatch.com > www.reactorwatch.com
Fashioned from marine-grade stainless steel and waterproof to a depth of 200 meters, this is man-bling at its burliest.[""]ARC'TERYX COVERT HOODY
$170
http://www.arcteryx.com > www.arcteryx.com
The Covert's well named: It may look and feel like a comfy sweater, but its breathable, water-repellant fabric doubles as a spring jacket. Available in 12 colors.

GRAVIS COMET SHOES
$65
http://www.gravisfootwear.com > www.gravisfootwear.com
Just because they're cool.

CLOUDVEIL RUN DON'T WALK BOXERS
$50
http://www.cloudveil.com > www.cloudveil.com
Made of thick, stretchy fleece, these boxer-briefs will keep the boys warm on icy chairlifts.

SCOTT MOTIVE GOGGLES
$65
http://www.scottusa.com > www.scottusa.com
Scott's Amplifier lenses block UV radiation 100 percent, and a dual-lens construction helps prevent fogging.

SURVIVAL ON SNOW SCOOP SHOVEL
$70
http://www.survivalonsnow.com > www.survivalonsnow.com
All of SOS's scoops are large and aluminum, but you choose the handle: regular, extended, with saw (snow or wood), or with a built-in probe. [""]DAKINE EXECUTIVE LUGGAGE
$120
http://www.dakine.com > www.dakine.com
The split-level design makes it easy to get your stuff; the lime-and-coconut plaid should stand out from the ubiquitous black rollers.

SCOTT RS9 POLES
$95
http://www.scottusa.com > www.scottusa.com
Made from lightweight, sturdy, aircraft-grade aluminum. Also available in red and blue.

ELLESSE MAGNUM BOMBER JACKET
$150
http://www.ellesse.com > www.ellesse.com
We haven't seen fabric cuffs on a ski jacket since grade school. Leave it to this Italian tennis-apparel maker to bring them back with style.

BLIZZARD SIGMA TITAN PRO SKIS
$850
http://www.blizzardskis.com > www.blizzardskis.com
This Austrian beauty floats in powder (with a 92-millimeter waist) and carves like a super-G racer (with a 23-meter turning radius). Unfortunately, it doesn't glow in the dark.

DAKINE SHIFTY BEANIE
$30
http://www.dakine.com > www.dakine.com
Soft, chunky cable-knit wool.[""]SPY ROCK GOGGLES
$120
http://www.spyoptic.com > www.spyoptic.com
They call the model Bricks, and, yes, it's inspired by Pink Floyd's 1979 concept album, The Wall. Also available: goggles featuring the three other best bands in the world—Van Halen, the Rolling Stones, and the Sex Pistols.

HELLY HANSEN LUCA JACKET
$185
http://www.hellyhansen.com > www.hellyhansen.com
Lightly insulated, with a detachable powder skirt.

BLACK DIAMOND PATROL GLOVE
$90
http://www.bdel.com > www.bdel.com
Kevlar stitching keeps the leathertective stretch-plastic sheath (sold seperately) over this six-megapixel, waterproof digital camera and it's virtually abuseproof. Other ski-friendly features include a big (two-inch) and bright LCD screen and a slim, low-profile design.

PROTECH DAILY MOISTURIZER SUNSCREEN
$32
http://www.protechskincare.com > www.protechskincare.com
SPF 30+. Apply some in the gondola.

REACTOR PHOTON WATCH
from $200
http://www.reactorwatch.com > www.reactorwatch.com
Fashioned from marine-grade stainless steel and waterproof to a depth of 200 meters, this is man-bling at its burliest.[""]ARC'TERYX COVERT HOODY
$170
http://www.arcteryx.com > www.arcteryx.com
The Covert's well named: It may look and feel like a comfy sweater, but its breathable, water-repellant fabric doubles as a spring jacket. Available in 12 colors.

GRAVIS COMET SHOES
$65
http://www.gravisfootwear.com > www.gravisfootwear.com
Just because they're cool.

CLOUDVEIL RUN DON'T WALK BOXERS
$50
http://www.cloudveil.com > www.cloudveil.com
Made of thick, stretchy fleece, these boxer-briefs will keep the boys warm on icy chairlifts.

SCOTT MOTIVE GOGGLES
$65
http://www.scottusa.com > www.scottusa.com
Scott's Amplifier lenses block UV radiation 100 percent, and a dual-lens construction helps prevent fogging.

SURVIVAL ON SNOW SCOOP SHOVEL
$70
http://www.survivalonsnow.com > www.survivalonsnow.com
All of SOS's scoops are large and aluminum, but you choose the handle: regular, extended, with saw (snow or wood), or with a built-in probe. [""]DAKINE EXECUTIVE LUGGAGE
$120
http://www.dakine.com > www.dakine.com
The split-level design makes it easy to get your stuff; the lime-and-coconut plaid should stand out from the ubiquitous black rollers.

SCOTT RS9 POLES
$95
http://www.scottusa.com > www.scottusa.com
Made from lightweight, sturdy, aircraft-grade aluminum. Also available in red and blue.

ELLESSE MAGNUM BOMBER JACKET
$150
http://www.ellesse.com > www.ellesse.com
We haven't seen fabric cuffs on a ski jacket since grade school. Leave it to this Italian tennis-apparel maker to bring them back with style.

BLIZZARD SIGMA TITAN PRO SKIS
$850
http://www.blizzardskis.com > www.blizzardskis.com
This Austrian beauty floats in powder (with a 92-millimeter waist) and carves like a super-G racer (with a 23-meter turning radius). Unfortunately, it doesn't glow in the dark.

DAKINE SHIFTY BEANIE
$30
http://www.dakine.com > www.dakine.com
Soft, chunky cable-knit wool.[""]SPY ROCK GOGGLES
$120
http://www.spyoptic.com > www.spyoptic.com
They call the model Bricks, and, yes, it's inspired by Pink Floyd's 1979 concept album, The Wall. Also available: goggles featuring the three other best bands in the world—Van Halen, the Rolling Stones, and the Sex Pistols.

HELLY HANSEN LUCA JACKET
$185
http://www.hellyhansen.com > www.hellyhansen.com
Lightly insulated, with a detachable powder skirt.

BLACK DIAMOND PATROL GLOVE
$90
http://www.bdel.com > www.bdel.com
Kevlar stitching keeps the leather and stretchy material together. Primaloft insulation keeps your digits warm. The men's styles are either black or tan. PRIOR BACKCOUNTRY SPLITBOARD
$950
http://www.priorsnowboards.com > www.priorsnowboards.com
All Prior boards are designed and hand-built in Whistler, B.C. This one is similar in shape to Prior's all-mountain freeride boards, but tapered a bit for increased float in powder. Comes with climbing skins and Voilé hardware, which is compatible with regular snowboard bindings.[""]TONKA MOTORIZED RESCUE HELICOPTER
$30
http://www.toysrus.com > www.toysrus.com
A battery-operated rotor, winch, and spotlight (for night rescues, duh) make this 18-inch model awesome! Of course, heli-skiing in a real bird would make a great gift too (see page 79 for three options).

DRAGON STOCKER SUNGLASSES
$70
http://www.dragonoptical.com > www.dragonoptical.com
Inspired by guys who shelf cereal and soda at grocery stores—but ski 100 days a year.

RIHAKU DREAMY CLOUDS NIGORI UNFILTERED SAKE
$28
http://www.esake.com > www.esake.com
The Chinese poet Rihaku is famous for his verse—and also for having said "I drink a bottle, and can write 100 poems. Down a bottle with friends, and then e-mail your best haiku about skiing to editor@skiingmag .com.

THE SHAUN WHITE ALBUM
$30
http://www.amazon.com > www.amazon.com
Though only 19, X Games god Shaun White has already redefined snow-boarding. He's pretty damn fun to watch in the air, too.ther and stretchy material together. Primaloft insulation keeps your digits warm. The men's styles are either black or tan. PRIOR BACKCOUNTRY SPLITBOARD
$950
http://www.priorsnowboards.com > www.priorsnowboards.com
All Prior boards are designed and hand-built in Whistler, B.C. This one is similar in shape to Prior's all-mountain freeride boards, but tapered a bit for increased float in powder. Comes with climbing skins and Voilé hardware, which is compatible with regular snowboard bindings.[""]TONKA MOTORIZED RESCUE HELICOPTER
$30
http://www.toysrus.com > www.toysrus.com
A battery-operated rotor, winch, and spotlight (for night rescues, duh) make this 18-inch model awesome! Of course, heli-skiing in a real bird would make a great gift too (see page 79 for three options).

DRAGON STOCKER SUNGLASSES
$70
http://www.dragonoptical.com > www.dragonoptical.com
Inspired by guys who shelf cereal and soda at grocery stores—but ski 100 days a year.

RIHAKU DREAMY CLOUDS NIGORI UNFILTERED SAKE
$28
http://www.esake.com > www.esake.com
The Chinese poet Rihaku is famous for his verse—and also for having said "I drink a bottle, and can write 100 poems. Down a bottle with friends, and then e-mail your best haiku about skiing to editor@skiingmag .com.

THE SHAUN WHITE ALBUM
$30
http://www.amazon.com > www.amazon.com
Though only 19, X Games god Shaun White has already redefined snow-boarding. He's pretty damn fun to watch in the air, too.

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