Welcome to this year’s Holiday Gift Guide!
As always, we’re sharing the best of the products that have come our way over the past year. Although many are skiing/snowboarding related, others are appropriate for anyone, skiers or not.
Also, we’ve got some coupon codes for savings and many great giveaways! Look for details at the end of this post. All prizes will be awarded randomly on Wednesday, December 2nd.
The best thing I’ve ever done for my skiing was a 3-day Clendenin Ski Method Ski Camp. Not only did my skiing improve immediately, but three seasons on the tips I learned still pay off.
2015-2016 camps are planned for Aspen, Beaver Creek, Park City, Steamboat and Portillo, Chile.
This season, John introduces Tough Love, with personalized video analysis with access to proprietary teaching videos. Truly, a gift that keeps on giving!
Want to explore the Clendenin Ski Method before committing to a camp? John also has instructional DVDs and books.
Skis, Sweet Skis
Is there anything sweeter than new skis underneath the Christmas tree? I think not.
If you’re looking for women’s skis or a snowboard, check out Coalition Snow. Their skis and boards are designed by women, for women. Plus, they’ve got some great women-designed gifts including pendants, leggings, hoodies, and more.
Giveaway! One pair of Coalition Snow leggings, design and size to be chosen by the winner!
Coupon Code for 15% Off: BRVSKIMOM15
Ski and Boot Bags
Every skier needs an excellent ski boot bag. And an outstanding ski bag is a darn good idea, too.
This season Kulkea has two additions to their smartly conceived, well-designed, socially sourced product line.
The Speed Star, for kids age 7-12, features include a padded back panel, soft ergonomic straps, a waterproof tarpaulin bottom, fully opening side boot pockets and a large center compartment.
The Kantaja Ski Bag is a “smarter” ski bag and a great choice for transporting skis. The bag unzips completely, lying flat for packing. There are separate straps for skis and poles, as well as interior stretch pockets to hold your ski clothes or other excess items.
Giveaway! Kulkea has graciously donated one children’s Speed Star bag and one Kantaja bag. That means two winners: one for each bag.
Ski Clothing and Accessories
Stö Snow Ski Pants
Cheryl Stoever Baker, founder of Stö Snow, was looking for ski pants that could crush the mountain and look good for après. When she couldn’t find them, she designed her own. Think yoga pants comfort, with soft-shell protection and durability. Inside, the pants are fleecy soft and warm. They slip on easily over baselayers, always while maintaining a sleek, smooth fit.
Stö Snow pants are made in Oregon, and come in two basic styles: a narrow leg to tuck into ski boots, or a leg with a zipper gusset to unzip and put over ski boots.
Not just for alpine skiing, they are great for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or most any other winter activity.
Coupon Code for 10% Off: Braveskimom
S’No Queen Baselayers
Having the right layers for skiing is important. Having a fully functional, warm baselayer that looks terrific is a bonus.
Last season, I tried the Queen Collection crew and leggings from U.K.-based S’No Queen. A blend of micro modal, silk and lycra, these thermals are soft, light and insulating.
This season, I’m sporting a Diamonds and Pearls thermal top. With a 1/4 zip neck, this top offers warmth and versatility. Wear it skiing, running, hiking, or flaunt its luxe design, just because you can.
Pair it with the Stö Snow pants above and be ready for anything.
Love music, but hate earbuds? Or maybe you need to ski with your phone handy to keep track of the kids?
It’s time to #cutthecords with BE Headwear. A Kickstarter project done right, BE Headwear sells Bluetooth speakers for any helmet, as well as speaker/beanie combos.
I’ve got the Luvspun Beanie and I luv it.
It looks great, you can’t tell I’ve got speakers over my ears and, with a bit of practice, it’s easy to control music and answer calls from a touchpad on the left ear. When it’s time to wash the beanie, the speakers slip out easily.
Coupon Code for 20% Off (until 12/31): GUIDE2015
CEP Progressive+ Ski Merino Compression Socks
Every skier needs great ski socks. Great socks with compression are even better.
Compression can help increase blood circulation (thus more oxygen to the muscles and more energy for you) and help stabilize muscles and joints. Compression also speeds muscle recovery.
In addition to athletic gear, CEP makes medical grade compression clothing. They know exactly how much compression is being applied in each garment and it’s important to measure before you order so that you get the correct size.
CEP Progressive+ Ski Merino Compression socks are made of a merino blend for warmth and wicking. I like a thin sock with strategic padding, and these deliver.
Designed for the littlest rippers, Veyo pairs an easy-on thumbless “mittyz” design with adorable themes.
Check out their penguins, dragons, tiger paws (with claws!), butterflies and more. A large gauntlet easily fits over puffy sleeves and stays in place thanks to an adjustable webbed strap.
Made of water-resistant fabric, with lots of cozy insulation, and style!
Giveaway! We’re giving away one pair of Tiger Paw Mittyz (12 months) and one pair of Flutter Mittyz (3 T).
Coupon Code: Enter BRAVESKIMOM for 25% off.
Green Glove Dryer
Invented by a Michigan ski mom, the Green Glove Dryer is a super-handy, compact device that you place over a forced-air heating vent to dry gloves, beanies, socks and boots. American-made of smooth, strong plastic, the Green Glove Dryer uses heat that’s already pouring into your home. Six perforated nozzles direct heat to the top of each item, so that everything dries thoroughly.
The Green Glove Dryer breaks down easily and comes with a storage/travel bag. It’s super smart!
Giveaway! We’re giving away one Green Glove Dryer.
Books for Skiers
Sliding in the Snow, by Melissa Dymock.
A winter activity guide for kids who love snow, Sliding in the Snow covers everything from outdoor safety to science to sports to recipes. Host a neighborhood winter Olympics (including sidewalk curling and driveway hockey!) or learn how to preserve a snowflake forever. Kids of every age can find something fun in this handy, well-illustrated guide. Parents will find it indispensable on snow days. Available on Amazon.com.
Giveaway! One copy of Sliding in the Snow.
The Little Rippers, Volume Two: Go West, Little Rippers, by Rebecca Munsterer.
As you might guess from the title, there is also a Little Rippers, Volume One. In Volume One, Max and Molly enjoying skiing near their home in Vermont. In Volume Two, the two pre-teens travel with their grandpa to Colorado to ski with friends. At fictional Bear Basin Resort, the Rippers learn more about friendship, safety and family ties as they race down the mountain following a mysterious map.
As in Volume One, this book includes a recipe (this time for Colorado Crepes) and a variety of indoor and travel games. Both books are available on Amazon.com.
Giveaway! One copy of both Little Rippers books and Little Rippers T-shirt.
Fresh Snow, by Natasha Wing. Illustrated by Shaundra Schultz.
A super cute picture book for young snowboarders, Fresh Snow celebrates wintery outdoor fun. Two friends, Rabbit and Penguin spend a day playing in the snow, building snowmen, making snow angels, snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding and yes, snowboarding. The illustrations are clever and enticing. There’s even a glossary of snowboarding terms at the end.
If you’ve ever wondered about the definition of “fakie” or “rock-n-roll grind,” you’ll find it here. And here’s where you’ll find Fresh Snow.
Giveaway! One copy of Fresh Snow.
Crazy for the Storm, by Norman Ollestad.
A heart-wrenching memoir of a unique father-son relationship, Ollestad recounts his childhood spent skiing and surfing and the California plane crash that changed everything. If you’re a ski mom or dad, Crazy for the Storm will make you rethink both the value and pitfalls of coaching your children and pushing them hard.
In 2015, Ollestad published Gravity, a novella about ski bumming in St. Anton, Austria when he was in his 20s. While I preferred Crazy for the Storm, Gravity is an easy read in Kindle format.
Art for Skiers
Personalized Prints from Wild Blue Dream
Julia Taylor is a Breckenridge-based artist offering mountain and beach-themed prints “for adventurers.” We love her pleasingly sentimental Chair Lift prints for families and couples. She also offers vintage-style resort posters of her own design. The quality is high with printing on heavyweight matte paper with archival inks.
Each print is made to order. Prints can be personalized with colors of your choice and/or with family names for an extra special gift.
Coupon Code for Free U.S. Shipping (until 12/31): BRAVESKIMOM
Ski-Themed Posters from With Brio
Data junkie? Love smart graphic design? Check out this creative “Periodic Table” of Colorado ski resorts. Colorful and packed with data, it’s perfect for the ski house, the dorm room, or my office! More states are coming soon, and With Brio also offers a similar poster featuring the mountains of New Hampshire.
Giveaway! One Periodic Table of Colorado Ski Resorts.
For Other Pursuits (Because We Don’t Ski ALL the Time)
I am always excited to spread the word about socially conscious companies.
Philanshopit combines shopping with philanthropy and offers a wide variety of socially responsible, stylish merchandise at affordable prices. Choose from accessories, jewelry and home goods. Current offerings start at $8 and top out at $160.
Please browse their site. We’re sure you’ll like what you see.
Giveaway! Philanshopit (and I) are so sure you’ll find some perfect gifts on their site, that we’re giving away a $50 website credit.
No surprise here, I’m thrilled with the quality and design Prismsport exercise clothes. Check out their vests and jackets for some extra winter warmth, as well as their perennially well-designed, creative leggings and yoga/gym tops. Especially nice for winter? The new Cable Collection.
Sir Wylde – America’s Gentleman
A great tie can make the man. For something unique, check out these high-quality, handmade-in-Utah ties from Sir Wylde.
All ties are designed (and many of them sewn) by Benjamin Steele, a 20-something family friend, of whom we are very proud. Ben recently returned from 2 years in the U.K. and started his company with an eye toward bringing British style to American soil.
For free shipping, use coupon code braveskimom.
While no one wants an ugly Christmas sweater, most of us who live in cold climates appreciate some stylish winter wool. For a wide range of traditional and modern sweater designs, check out UK-based Woolovers. Crafted from British wool, lambswool, and a nice merino-cashmere blend, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Waterfall Cardigan I reviewed. Especially since the price is only $68.
It’s a great piece for any skiing mom who wants to look stylish and stay warm, whether flying to the resort, enjoying a family dinner in the condo, or at après with friends.
Woolovers has a U.S. site and shipping is free over $150.
Trout Webbing Belt from Mountain Khakis
I’ve given one of these terrific belts to my dad, my son and to myself. Choose from Rainbow, Brook or Brown Trout coloration and cut it to fit. Use the end you cut off for a bookmark.
Giveaway! $30 Mountain Khaki Website Gift Code.
Bowtie Ski and Pole Carrier
I’ve seen a lot of ski and carriers over the years, and I think the Bowtie Ski Carrier may be the smartest. It’s definitely the easiest to use and the smallest. Made of webbing straps with hook and loop straps, you unroll it, lay it flat, put the skis on top and close the velcro. An elastic section within each strap holds the skis tight. You’re good to go. When you’re done using it, roll it back up into a tiny packet.
Snowboards are even easier. Just slip the two pre-formed loops over each end of the board and tighten.
Keep the straps in their shortest adjustment and carry skis or boards like a suitcase. Or (here comes my favorite), lengthen the straps and carry your gear “bandolero” style. While I honestly don’t mind carrying my gear from car to snow, I can hardly wait to use a Bowtie carrier next time I hike Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands. Or the A-to-Z Chutes at Big Sky. Or anytime I’m boot packing and want my hands free.
Bowtie Ski Carriers come in one size for regular width skis and a larger size for “fat skis,” 106-130 cm wide.
In addition to ski and board carriers, Bowtie also makes a strap for “hands-free” ski boot carrying and small, super handy “coil keepers” suitable for garden hoses and extension cords. Coil them up, put on a bow tie and hang them tangle free.
Giveaway! One ski or snowboard Bowtie Carrier.
HexFlex combines 15 tools into one snowflake shaped gadget. Just two inches in diameter, the HexFlex has hex wrenches, screwdrivers and a bottle opener, as well as a drill bit attachment.
These sold out before Christmas last season, so I’ve been waiting a year to see one. They’re really cool.
I had bottle envy the first time I saw a collapsible Stash Bottle. A one-liter water bottle that locks down to just 2.5 inches when not in use, I use it non-stop. A small handle makes it easy to carry when full. And then when it’s empty, it’s easy to collapse and stow. Come winter, I’ll be filling it in the lodge when I go in to warm up. No more cheesy paper cups for me.
Brave Ski Mom Stickers
Of course, I think these are a perfect gift – for yourself or the Brave Ski Moms in your life. Shoot me an address via the Contact Me button and free stickers will be en route!
Multi-part giveaways are fun, and just a bit confusing. After some middle of the night pondering, here’s my idea for making this as easy as possible.
I’ve divided the giveaways into 2 parts: A & B. All readers are welcome to enter both parts by leaving a comment below. If you only wish to enter one, just let me know in your comment which set of prizes you’re aiming for.
I will choose individual winners for each prize, for total of 13 prizes and winners.
Giveaway A includes the following prizes:
- One Pair of Leggings from Coalition Snow
- One Kulkea Kantaja Ski Bag
- One Green Glove Dryer (follow on Facebook for an extra entry)
- One Periodic Table of Colorado Ski Resorts Poster from With Brio
- One Bowtie Ski or Snowboard Carrier
- One $50 Website Credit from Philanshopit
- One $30 Website Gift Code from Mountain Khakis
Each of these prizes will be awarded by random drawing from all comments received, on December 2, 2015.
Giveaway B includes the following prizes:
- One Kulkea Speed Star Ski Boot Backpack
- One Pair of Veyo Flutter Mittyz (size 3 T)
- One Pair of Veyo Tiger Paw Mittyz (12 months)
- One Copy of Sliding in the Snow, by Melissa Dymock.
- One Copy of both Little Rippers books, by Rebecca Munsterer, and a Little Rippers T-Shirt.
- One copy of Fresh Snow! by Natasha Wing and Shaundra Schultz.
Each of these prizes will be awarded by random drawing from all comments received, on December 2, 2015.
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to all 13 winners!
More Holiday Gift Ideas from Outdoor Family Bloggers:
- Holiday Gift Guide for Winter Hiking and Snowshoeing (Giveaways) –
Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies
- Holiday Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsy Kid – Rain or Shine Mamma
- Gift Guide for Outdoor Families 2015 + Giveaway – Tales of a Mountain Mama
- Christmas Gift Guide for Outdoor Families – Play Outside Guide
- Holiday Gift Guide – Go Adventure Mom
- Gift Ideas for Adventuring Families – Currently Wandering
- Rad Gifts for Outdoorsy Kids – Nature for Kids
- Holiday Gift Guide for the Hiker – Moms Who Hike
- Best Gear of the Year + Links to Holiday Gift Guides – Mountain Mom and Tots
- 15 Things the Outdoorsy Mama In Your Life Really Wants for the Holidays – Outdoorsy
- 5 Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy and On-The-Go Toddlers – AdventurousParents.com
- Holiday guide for the little explorers – Rockies Chick
- Unique and Handmade Holiday Gifts for Your Little Nature Lover – Wilder Child
- Holiday Gift Guide – Hike Like A Woman
- 2015 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Young Traveler and Outdoor Adventurer – Wild Tales Of
- 2015 Gift Guide for Outdoor Families – Rockies Girl
- A Gift Guide For The “OutdoorsMom” – Outdoors Mom
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