Do you need a gift for your favorite skier or perhaps something to add to your holiday "wish list"? Here is a selection of my choices for holiday gift giving - or receiving.
This ski season you can find family ski vacation deals and discounts for resorts around the country and around the world. Destination ski resorts are really reaching out to families with travel, lodging and skiing packages and you can find some real savings right at home as local areas offer enticing "staycations."
Icebreaker Base and Mid Layers for both men and women are made of pure New Zealand merino wool, lightweight, odor-resistant and provides warmth and breathablity. The Icebreaker line of mid and outer layers include some very fashionable items that look good walking down Fifth Avenue in New York City yet still have the features and functionability to wear well on the ski slopes and remember sheep don't die to give you their wool!
Pretty much everywhere you look for skis you'll see the rocker concept implemented to some degree on all skis by every manufacturer including a heavy concentration in beginner models, and all within a few years. Search through the catalog of your favorite brand of skis and I'm sure you'll find a rocker ski for your ability. Rocker skis make for easier skiing and an easier learning curve. The rocker revolution is here to stay, believe it, demo it and embrace it.2013-2014 Skis
The skier on your gift list, especially if it's you, will be wowed by all the choices in boots this season. For example, Atomic, Lange, Fischer, Rossignol, Tecnica, Surefoot, and Salomon all have new and returning models for this season.
Ski Goggles and Sunglasses
There's no question that good goggles should be an essential on everybody's skiing checklist, especially in the cold and high wind of mid-winter and there are lots of shapes and features to choose from. On those bluebird days when the sun's glare is hard on the eyes and visibility a good pair of sunglasses that keep out the UV's and a little wind are a great subtitute for goggles.Ski Goggles and Glasses
As I have always said, "Take a Lesson" and lessons make a great holiday gift. Remember that the best skiers in the world like Lindsey Vonn and the U.S. Ski Team are coached on a daily basis. Almost every ski resort offers ski lessons from professional ski instructors and many have specialty clinics and programs targeting certain skills - moguls - and groups - ladies teaching ladies, for example.
Ski socks are a definite necessity and so important that with the input of real sock designers and engineers they have evolved with specific features including offerings with unique padding or with no padding and there are some great compression socks on the market that go a long way to keeping calf muscles fit for a long day on the slopes.
There are some really good books and DVDs about skiing that are available. Some are instructional and some are really inspiring about the sport we love.