The Ultimate 2021 Holiday Skiing Gift Guide

Published on 11/09/2021 · 6 min readThe holidays are right around the corner, so it’s a great time to start picking out gifts for ski enthusiast friends and family. Let this gift guide help you!
Hannah Bibbo, Ski Expert
By Ski Expert Hannah Bibbo

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The holidays are right around the corner, so it’s a great time to start picking out gifts for ski enthusiast friends and family. Of course, it’s the thought that counts, but with this holiday gift guide, you can’t go wrong. With gifts across a range of prices, for beginners to experts, we’ve got you covered!

Gifts Under $50

Burton Cora Hood

For the chronically cold skier or snowboarder of any level. The Burton Cora Hood is the perfect gift for someone who needs a little extra warmth on their head and neck. It can be worn over a helmet for an extra layer, or just on its own in cold weather.

While it's labeled ‘women’s,’ anyone can wear it, and there is this less plush option from Burton as well.

Smartwool Performance Ski OTC Socks

Or any pair of Smartwool socks, frankly! If a skier is looking for a durable, warm pair of socks, Smartwool is the brand for them. Smartwool socks are great for beginner, intermediate, and expert skiers alike and they even have a lifetime warranty (which is my favorite part).

Gifts Under $100

Dakine Team Voyager Mitts

Another gift for the chronically cold skier, the Dakine Team Voyager Mitts are as functional as they are fashionable. These mitts will keep fingers warm from the first run to the last, as they are leather with a waterproof finish and filled with PrimaLoft microfiber insulation. They are on the steeper side of price points as far as mittens go, so this may be a better gift for the intermediate to advanced skier, but the beginner skier would love them as well.

Smartwool Merino 150 Baselayer Long Sleeve Baselayer

The Smartwool Merino 150 Baselayer is the most versatile baselayer, as it can be worn on its own under a jacket on warm days, and it’s also slim-fitting and light enough to be layered on colder days. This is a great baselayer for skiers of every ability; it’ll keep the beginner skier warm and dry enough to want to try skiing again, and it’ll keep the expert skier warm and dry enough to ski from their first run to last.

Smartwool also makes the same baselayer in a women’s version which your Curated Expert can help you find.

Dakine Heli Pro Backpack

Looking for a gift for the backcountry skier that doesn’t quite have everything they need? The Dakine Heli Pro Backpack is a great option for the beginner to intermediate backcountry skier. It doesn’t have airbag functionality so the expert backcountry skier may want something a little more, like the Mammut Light Removable Airbag Backpack, but the Dakine Backpack is a great option for the backcountry skier that doesn’t need or want the airbag quite yet. If you’re unsure, chat with a Ski Expert for advice.

There’s plenty of room for water, snacks, extra layers, beacon, shovel, and probe so the skier is ready for a full day. The women’s specific version has a more narrow frame than the men’s version so the bag can sit comfortably on their back all day.

Salomon Arctic S3 Ski Poles

As far as poles go, these Salomon Arctic S3 Ski Poles are some of our best sellers. These poles are pretty standard, with an all-mountain basket and made out of aluminum for lightness and durability. They’re great for the resort skier, and anyone ranging from beginner to expert. While someone can spend upwards of $100 on poles, it’s not really necessary unless the skier is looking for something specific like a pair of backcountry ski poles.

Gifts Under $200

Black Diamond Expedition 2 Ski Poles

The Black Diamond Expedition Ski Poles are maybe the one set of ski poles I’d recommend paying over $100 for. They are aluminum which means they’re very light and durable, and they are also adjustable, which is just what the backcountry skier is looking for.

Adjustable poles are great for backcountry skiing because, typically, when a skier is skinning up, they’ll make the poles taller, and adjust them to a shorter length for the ski down. In addition, they have a quick-release strap on the handles just in case the skier gets in a sticky situation where they need to detach from the poles quickly.

Black Diamond Ascension Skins

A pair of skins is necessary to be able to tour up a mountain. These Black Diamond Ascension Skins are great entry-level skins. Some skins are a bit smoother and excel at sliding on the snow, and some skins are a bit more grippy and great for hiking up, but the Ascension Skins do both well enough to get into the sport.

Airblaster Trenchover Jacket

Pullover quarter-zip jackets are back in style, and Airblaster makes a great breathable, waterproof one. There’s a full side zip to throw it on or off quickly, a hood for some extra warmth on those cold or windy days, and light enough to throw layers underneath or just perfect without layers on those warmer days. As far as jackets go, this is on the less expensive side, so it’s a great option for the beginner to intermediate skier or expert skier that wants a reliable, durable jacket without spending the most.

They also make the same jacket in a women’s version with a little slimmer fit but the same great features.

If you’re interested in checking out other jacket brands and what they’re good for, take a peek at our Women’s Winter Jacket Size Guide as well as our Men’s Winter Jacket Size Guide.

Gifts Over $200

Airblaster Beast Bib

Bibs may be some of the most underrated pieces of apparel for skiing. Your dad probably wore them in the ‘70s, and they got a bad rap for being less “cool” and not easy to get in and out of. Well, they’ve come a long way since then, and now have zips for ventilation and provide warmth, durability, and breathability.

They may not be the best option for beginners as they may find them cumbersome or more restricting than other pants, but these specific ones are great for intermediate to expert male skiers. They have a women’s specific version, too!

Smith I/O MAG XL Goggles

Unlike warm ski apparel, top-tier goggles aren’t completely necessary to have a good time on the mountain, but they will definitely level up a skier’s experience. The Smith I/O Mag Goggles have a spherical lens, reducing any distortion, ChromaPop lenses so everything is crisp and clear, and a magnetic lens changing system so it’s super easy to swap lenses, even if your fingers are super cold. With the steep price tag, this would probably be a better gift for intermediate to expert skiers that know they like the sport already, as these goggles definitely like to be used often.

Consider a Curated gift card so your loved one can pick out their own gear with free expert help and recommendations.

Across a wide price range, there’s something out there for the skiers in your life. With the “it” items in our holiday gift guide, there’s something for everyone. If you’re unsure or want to explore other options, reach out to a Curated Ski Expert and we can help you find the perfect gift!

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