Whether you’re visiting Cali or Colorado, are a skier or a snowboarder, these cool ski accessories and gadgets will let you shred the slopes like a pro.
iTrailMap (free) at Apple and Google Play
Ditch the huge, floppy paper map. Now you can download high-resolution trail maps of your favorite resort. The best part? You can access them without cellular service.
Zippo Hand Warmer ($14.52) at Amazon
This sleek, reusable hand warmer looks way cooler than your typical disposable packet. Plus, the Zippo will actually keep its promise of heating your gloves for over 12 hours.
The 50 Foot Snowball Launcher ($29.95) at Hammacher Schlemmer
No spring break on the slopes is complete without a snowball fight! This launcher hurls snowballs up to 50 feet and will have your friends running for the hot tub.
Hanskie ($29.99) at Hanskie
Thank the Scandinavians for this one. It’s a wool koozie mitt that keeps your hands warm and your beer cold. Everyone at the lodge will wonder how you managed to knit such a thing.
Sidas Drywarmer Boot Dryer with UV Light ($34.95) at CozyWinters
The last thing you want to deal with after a long day of skiing or snowboarding is a wet pair of boots. The Sidas Drywarmer eliminates this problem and dries them from the inside. Even better, the UV lights deodorize your boots with some antibacterial magic. As for those wet socks? You’re on your own.
Beardski Prospector ($34.95) at Beardski
Here’s an accessory that will grow on you. The thing might look hilarious—and your boyfriend probably won’t recognize you in it—but it’s a serious ski mask. Made with vented neoprene and a thermal fleece neck, the Beardski will protect your ears, face and neck while you’re shreddin’ the hills.
Peepsnake Thermocore iPhone Scarf ($44.93) at Peter Glenn
No more stuffing all your possessions in your pockets. This fleece scarf holds your touchscreen device and lets you use it without having to remove it from the phone window pocket. There’s an additional zippered pouch for stowing keys, an ID or lip balm.
CamelBak Zoid ($45.50) at Sierra Trading Post
A CamelBak is absolutely essential. This way, you stay hydrated without having to leave the mountain. The Zoid is lightweight, waterproof and will hold your phone, wallet, a snack and 70 ounces of water without letting it freeze.
Women’s Approach Glove ($54.95) at Burton
No need to take your layers off to check a text. These gloves are made for winter sports, so you can keep your hands toasty and use your smartphone at the same time.
Mophie Juice Pack Helium ($79.95) at Mophie
At some point during the trip, you’ll inevitably lose your friends on the mountain. Keep that phone charged on the go with the Mophie case. It’s wonderfully thin and will provide your iPhone with up to 80 percent extra battery life.
Anon Lynx Helmet ($89.95) at Burton; Anon Skullcandy ASFX2 Helmet Audio ($74.95) at Windward Board Shop
This helmet will protect your dome from nasty tumbles, and it has a fuzzy fleece liner for comfort. Pair it with the Anon ear-pad mic and remote, and you can conveniently play your tunes and answer calls—no pesky headphones required.
Original Soul ($135) at Soul Poles
Add an earthy edge to your ski attire. Made out of bamboo, these ski poles are 100 percent biodegradable with hemp straps. Soul Poles will donate $10 from your purchase to Protect Our Winters, a nonprofit fighting climate change.
The Polka ($169) at Church and State Optics
Ski magazine calls The Polka a must-have for women. The goggles are stylish, with Swarvoski-rhinestone accents, and high-tech, with an anti-scratch, anti-fog and Carl Zeiss zero-distortion lens. There’s a nonslip silicone strip on the inside strap and wicking face foam. You’ll be the queen of the mountain in these.
GoPro Hero3 White Edition ($199.99) at GoPro
Don’t miss out on any of the action. This camera can be mounted on your helmet and has a video resolution up to 1080p30. Wind-noise reduction will keep audio clear while you’re flying down the slopes, and built in Wi-Fi lets you share your captured moments whenever, wherever.
FootWarmer Power Plus e4 Hotronic ($239) at Northern Ski Works
Getting cold feet takes on a whole different meaning when you’re trudging through snow in below-freezing temps. Install this battery-powered warmer in your boots and your feet will stay warm all day. Take that, frostbite.
ARVA Evolution 3+ Avalanche Beacon ($279.95) at Backcountry.com
If you’re a backcountry cruiser, you need a beacon. Riding in avalanche-prone territory is serious business, and the Arva will transmit your location up to nearly 200 feet. Clip the beacon on, and you’re automatically prepared in case of a slide. An LCD display will show you if other skiers or boarders wearing beacons are buried, so you can search them out.
Oakley Airwave 1.5 Goggle ($649.99) at Backcountry.com
Meet the goggles of the future. The Airwave comes equipped with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. Not only can you view incoming calls and texts, but you can also see and post Facebook messages on what looks like a 14-inch display viewed from inside the goggles. Still not impressed? Airwave will track your location with preloaded maps available for hundreds of resorts, and let you monitor your altitude speed, jumps and airtime. You can even access Spotify or Pandora from the goggles and find friends that also have Airwave or the free smartphone app.
GNU B-Pro Splitboard ($636.95) at Solstice Supply Co.
Splitboards are the latest-and-greatest technology for boarders who want to ride powder. Yep, a splitboard is as good as it sounds. It’s made to literally be split into two halves, so that backcountry boarders can climb through snow in the same manner as a backcountry skier. No more lugging your board on your back. I picked GNU because it’s boasting two Backcountry Magazine editors’ choice awards and a crazy-cool design, but almost all of the big boarding brand names released a line of awesome splits this season.
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