If you’re trying to find the perfect gift for a skier or snowboarder, we feel for you at ASO Mammoth.
For starters, unless you’re a skier or snowboarder yourself then it will be difficult to buy the right gift without doing serious research. Then, if you don’t mind spending a little extra on gear like a set of skis or a board, you have to deal with the fact that most people are very picky about what they like to ride. Lastly, ski and snowboard gear can get pricey real fast, so the last thing you want to do is buy the wrong piece of gear. Whether you’re looking for a birthday gift or are getting ahead of your Christmas shopping, here are a few easy gifts for the skier or snowboarder in your life.
If the person you’re shopping for has a home mountain or loves to talk about another one that they took a trip to, especially if you were there with them, then a framed trail map is a great gift.
There are several different types of maps you can choose from, but the best place to start is a simple trail map that will allow your skier or snowboarder to relive epic lines and glorious powder days during even the hottest day of the offseason. The size of the map and the frame are up to you, but don’t be afraid to get creative. For example, if your skier or snowboarder has a bucket list of mountains that they want to ride then you can get them a framed map of each one so they can plan their trips.
Merino wool is a prized and expensive commodity amongst all outdoors enthusiasts due to its effectiveness and adaptability. However, like all gear Merino wool does wear down, and if you’re able to resupply a skier and snowboarder with a few pairs of socks or a base layer just before a trip then you’ll be a hero.
In case you’re unfamiliar with Merino wool products, it is a fine wool known for keeping people warm and dry in the cold and cool and comfortable in the heat. Unlike other wool though, the fine texture makes Merino wool incredibly comfortable. As a result, Merino wool socks alone can cost $30 with base layers running into triple figures. Still, Merino wool products can be used year-round and will be loved by any outdoor enthusiasts making, this gift one of the best on this list.
This gift depends on where your skier or snowboarder rides and is the most expensive on this list, but a trip into the backcountry is one of the best ways to show your appreciation for skiers and snowboarders alike.
Backcountry skiing and snowboarding is riding done in the unmanaged wilderness found outside of ski resorts. If the person you’re shopping for is exploring the backcountry for the first time, then you can look into a clinic or lesson like the ones offered at Mammoth Mountain that will help them develop important safety skills. If they’re experienced at riding the backcountry but are exploring a new area, then an afternoon session with a local guide is a great option to help them expand their knowledge of the mountains.
Although this is one of the simplest gifts on this list, it may be the most appreciated.
Wall mounts allow skiers and snowboarders to not only protect their favorite gear from damage, but they also let them show it off! If you know a skier or snowboarder who loves their gear, or could just use a little decluttering, then invest in some wall mounts for them!