Snow tragics are a special breed of people. They’re not interested in your average Christmas gift – they want to find something under the tree that’s going to be useful for their January backcountry trip, their February cat-skiing adventure or their March heli-skiing plans somewhere in the Northern Hemisphere.
Fret no more, we’ve gathered the ultimate list of Christmas gifts for your snow-crazy loved ones, covering off the latest and greatest of ski technology, clothing and accessories. If you’re willing to spend a little extra to get the very best present, this list is for you.
Kjus Formula Deluxe Ski Jacket
RRP AUD $1999.00
Ski gear doesn’t get fancier than this. This top-of-the-line jacket contains tiny wax balls in the upper back of the high-tech fabric which trap excess heat and release it when temperatures drop – making it perfect for anyone who never wants to feel cold on the slopes ever again. It includes their award-winning Kjus AC Vent System, a detachable hood, 20K waterproofing/breathability, exclusive Swiss 3D foam application (see? We told you it was fancy) and pockets for your valuables.
Go Pro Karma Drone
RRP AUD $1899.95
The ultimate toy to unwrap under the Christmas tree, the Go Pro Karma includes several bits and pieces: the new waterproof, shockproof Go Pro Hero 6 Black, the Karma drone, a gimbal called the Karma Grip, a cool-looking controller and a case to put it all in. If you’re looking to make your Instagram followers jealous, this is the ultimate way to do it – the Karma drone is lightweight, easy to fly and takes incredible footage with the Hero 6 Black.
Wintersteiger Discman 2
RRP AUD $1199.00
Forget about handing in your skis or board for a tune – with the Wintersteiger Discman, you can just do it yourself. This edge-tuning tool features a 35mm ceramic grinding disc and side-angle adjustment that combine to provide a precise, high-quality tune. The rechargeable battery also means that you can throw it in your ski bag and take it on your ski trips with you. Buy it here.
Burton Wheelie Sub Bag
RRP AUD $379.99
The ultimate gift for heavy packers, this wheelie bag clocks in at just 5.9kg but has a volume of 116L – room for all the jackets, pants and layers that you could hope for. Burton’s tested this baby on month-long tours to ensure durability and included volume-enhancing, stretchy cram zones for those who always find themselves shoving in extra bits and pieces. Let’s not forget the best part – the suitcase separates into two halves to avoid potential overweight airline fees.
BCA Tracker 3 Avalanche Transceiver
RRP AUD $699.00
This pocket-friendly avalanche transceiver is the thinnest model on the market, making it compact, light and really easy to use. With three antennas and a mode for multiple burial searching, it’s a clever gift for anyone who’s big on heli-skiing, cat-skiing or backcountry touring.
Astis Fitzroy Mid Cuff Mittens
RRP AUD $299.00
The mittens vs. gloves debate is always a hot topic amongst snow fanatics – but you’ll win anyone over with these mid-cuff mittens from Astis. They’re warm, waterproof, durable and the beadwork design on the mitt looks great on the slopes. Hand-sewn in the USA and made from silicon-injected leather for extra waterproofing, these mitts are unisex and available in a range of sizes.
Lenz Heated Sock and Battery Pack
RRP AUD $349.95
If you’re skiing and boarding with someone who’s always complaining about cold toes, you can’t go past a pair of heated socks. They might seem like a luxury, but can you really put a price on toasty-warm feet in all weather conditions? The Lenz socks come with a set of two batteries that are charged up via USB and last for up to 14 hours. You can control the heating via your phone and throw the socks in the washing machine when they’re dirty.
RRP AUD $479.00
You’ll never get lost again with this watch – which also happens to be a GPS navigator, packed with features for all the exploring you’d ever want to do. It has an altimeter, barometer, compass, tracker, sun/moon information and a hunt/fish calendar, and monitors your distance, pace, cadence and calories. You can even create routes and wirelessly share them with friends via smartphones or other Garmin devices. Don’t forget that it’s scratch-resistant, shockproof and water-resistant up to 50 metres, with a battery life of 50 hours in GPS mode and five weeks in watch mode.
What are you buying for your snow-obsessed loved ones this Christmas?
Feature pic: Ski like Santa day at Whistler Blackcomb