5 Gifts For The Skier In The Family

December 16, 2015 D'Arcy McLeish
It's been an awesome start to the winter in BC so it looks like Christmas might be celebrated over deep turns.  Photo - Gran Gunderson
It’s been an awesome start to the winter in BC so it looks like Christmas might be celebrated over deep turns.
Photo – Grant Gunderson

It’s that time of year again. While most of us are thinking about face shots and secret stashes, there is the matter of doing a little Christmas shopping. Deciding what to get someone for Christmas is difficult. Thankfully, if your loved one is a skier, there’s lots to choose from. Skiers are easy to please. Give us a couple of feet of fresh and it won’t really matter what else happen with our day, we’ll be happy. So here are my top 5 gifts for the skier in the family:

If skiers keep getting to make these, they'll be happy on Christmas.  Photo - Steve Rossett
If skiers keep getting to make these, they’ll be happy on Christmas.
Photo – Steve Rosset

5. The Ski-Gee: Ok ok, I know what you’re thinking, ‘The Skigee? Are you serious?’ But believe it or not, this is one of the handiest little gifts a skier can have. Based on the squeegee, the Ski-Gee is a miniature version that loops around one of your gloves. Here in the Coast Mountains, it’s an indispensable and cheap tool for keeping your goggle lenses clean of moisture and free of scratches. Good stocking stuffer.

Cheap and handy: the Ski-Gee
Cheap and handy: the Ski-Gee

4. Subscription to Powder: Yep. This is a GREAT gift. Nothing beats having a ski magazine delivered to your door. While Powder may have had a bit of a dark time during the 90s and early 2000s, it’s come full circle and has become, once again, The Skier’s Magazine.

The Skier's Magazine. Photo - Powder.com
The Skier’s Magazine.
Photo – Powder.com

3. Heated Socks: These are pretty much the best invention in the world. They’re light, easy to use and man do they keep your feet toasty warm. Better than boot heaters, the heated socks, which are on offer from a few different companies out there, are the S$#T! The best part, they can be used in any type of footwear.

Heated socks. Pretty much the best invention for skiing ever.  Photo - Lenzproducts.com
Heated socks. Pretty much the best invention for skiing ever.
Photo – Lenzproducts.com

2. A New Toque: Every skier needs a new Toque. You see, it’s kind of an annual right of passage for all of us mountain town fashion losers. Every season, we need a new toque to wear around town. Not only do they come in all different shapes and sizes, they keep your head warm. So go grab a toque for your loved one. They won’t be disappointed.

This is all we want to do when it snows.  Photo - Reuben Krabbe
This is all we want to do when it snows. 
Photo – Reuben Krabbe

1. Time off when it snows: When there’s 20-30cm of fresh out there, we’re not coming to work. We’re probably not coming to school either. And if we’re grounded, we’re sneaking out of the house. The best thing you can do is to accept it and move on. So this Christmas, give the gift of patience to all the skiers you work with, parent or have as students. When it dumps, give them a little wiggle room. Or better yet, go join ’em!

Be safe, ski hard.