Smith Valence Snow Helmet

What: Smith Valence Snow Helmet Why I chose it: I was stoked on this helmet the minute I put it on. It's incredibly warm and has plenty (18 to be exact) of air vents to keep your head cool when needed (fortunately, you can also take the earpads out if it's warmer weather). There's a Boa system [...]

Smith Riot Snow Goggles with ChromaPop

What: Smith Riot Snow Goggles with ChromaPop Why I chose it: These goggles from Smith are the most comfortable, best fitting, and most breathable (they don't fog up!) goggles I've owned. They have a great field of view despite having frames and are on the relatively smaller size of frame and lens, so they'll fit more female faces [...]

Outdoor Research Incandescent Hoody

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What: Outdoor Research Incandescent Hoody Why I chose it: When I got this jacket, I knew it would keep me warm (and it does—even in windy, blowing snow with double digit negative conditions), but I had no idea that it would get folks talking. People have to touch the fabric and comment on being able to [...]

Spark R&D Arc Splitboard Bindings

What: Spark R&D Arc Splitboard Bindings Why I chose it: Riding in the Arc bindings is solid. The bindings are stiff enough for backcountry conditions, yet reactive to keep my riding fluid and natural. Additionally, they’re incredibly easy to use whether you’re switching between touring and riding modes or adjusting angles to make your experience just right. Being able [...]

Outdoor Research Centrifuge Hoody and Pants

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What: Outdoor Research Centrifuge Hoody and Pants Why I chose it: OR's Centrifuge hoody and pant are made for cold weather high-output mountain activities. They offer a great balance of breathability and warmth, which have been excellent in high alpine conditions throughout Colorado. A great option for trail running, touring, or snowshoeing, this is my go-to layer [...]

Full Tilt Soul Sister Ski Boots

What: Full Tilt Soul Sister Ski Boots Why I chose it: I've been a skier my entire life, but I've never loved a ski boot. The Full Tilt Soul Sister is hands down the most comfortable, responsive, confidence-inducing boot I've ever pushed my foot into. Goodbye shin bang, hello cliff drops. Buy it: backcountry.com, evo.com, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk

Armada TSTw Skis

What: Armada TSTw Skis Why I chose it: These are the best skis I've been on. They're a great all mountain ski and are ideal for the backcountry as well because of their weight. They float so beautifully and make me feel killer with their awesome design (Armada always kills it with their design). It was serious love [...]

Dynafit Trail Jacket

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What: Dynafit Trail Jacket Why I chose it: This piece is the ideal lightweight outer layer. Perfect for brisk trail runs, demanding backcountry ski tours, or windy days at the crag, this layer is one you'll find yourself not wanting to leave home without. It stuffs easily into the front pocket of a hydration vest and transitions [...]

Line Pandora Skis

What: Line Pandora Skis Why I chose it: They are super light, have incredible float in the powder, and perform well (if you get the original, with 110 girth underfoot) on all conditions except crud where they get a bit unsure. They’re even fun if you have to transition over from powder to a groomer. It was [...]

Black Diamond Mercury Mitt

What: Black Diamond Mercury Mitt Why I chose it: This mitten never stops insulating, even after eight years of ownership. It is hands-down the most reliably warm glove or mitten I’ve owned; it keeps me warm even in northern Quebec and Alaskan Chugach winters. I love ’em so much, I purchased a second pair of the [...]

Hillsound Trail Crampons Ultra

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What: Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra Why I chose it: I love that I can get a solid grip in the “extended season” (winter). These are super easy to use on every kind of shoe I’ve put them on — sneakers to winter boots — and have great traction. I don’t slip at all while jogging, even [...]

Jones Solution Splitboard

What: Jones Solution Splitboard Why I chose it: Jones' Solution splitboard is your solution for heading into the backcountry to find the pow stashes, away from the resort crowds and corduroy. It's a board ready for anything you can throw at it. It stays stable at high speeds, while still staying lightweight to afford you an easier [...]

Tubbs Flex RDG Snowshoe

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What: Tubbs Flex RDG Snowshoe Why I chose it: Whether you’re getting into the backcountry but don’t yet have a touring set up or you want to take a hike after a serious dumping, the Tubbs Flex snowshoe series is an excellent fit. I’ve worn these in many types of terrain and snow and have always loved [...]