12 Gifts for Winter Sports Lovers

By Laura Friedland

Looking for the perfect gift for the winter sports nut in your life?

You might not always understand their love for Dawn Patrol excursions, ice climbs or snowy mountain bike rides. Don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of the perfect gifts for your winter sports lover this season! From base layer essentials to small batch bourbon this list has everything you need to keep warm this winter.

Kari Traa Tikse Base Layer Set | Top $75  | Bottom $75 

Lightweight and incredibly soft – the Kari Traa Tikse set is an ultra-fine, 100% merino wool base layer for a slight boost of warmth in cool weather. Highly breathable, naturally odor resistant fabric with 4-way stretch for a slim and snug fit. Smartly placed seams keep comfort high and the fresh, multicolor design gives a nice feminine look.


Kari Traa Lokke Base Layer Set | Top $120 Bottom $120

Classy and feminine with a fun Nordic inspired design, the Kari Traa Løkke H/Z provides plenty of extra warmth on the coldest days. This premium baselayer is made from superfine, 100% Merino wool. It is wonderfully soft on the skin, breathable and naturally odor-resistant.


DÆHLIE Airnet Wool Long Sleeve  and Airnet Wool Pants | Top $90 | Bottom $90

This multifunctional baselayer set is made out of breathable, 4-way stretch 100% merino wool. The wool ensures optimal insulation during low activity, while the mesh inserts efficiently evaporate excess heat during high activity. The slim fit and quick dry merino wool make the Airnet baselayers an optimal choice for the high-performing athlete that wants to maximize functionality and comfort!


DÆHLIE Training Wool Long Sleeve and Training Wool Pants | Top $75 | Bottom $75

This lightweight baselayer set is made out of 80% merino wool and 20% nylon and is optimal for training in colder temperatures. The breathable, 2-way stretch material and strategically placed ventilation make for a comfortable fit.


Backcountry Ski Trip with an Accredited Guide

The age old question every holiday season is: what do you give the person who has everything and wants nothing? Give the gift of experience. For the skiers in your life that want to get away from the crowds for some untamed powder turns; the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) offers the first step in planning a trip to the backcountry: highly trained, experienced ski guides that you can trust.

The AMGA’s accredited businesses and guides can help you plan a custom backcountry ski trip for any group size, location and experience level. They will not only take you out, but they will teach you new skills in a safe, comfortable and professional environment.

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Outdoor Research Hemispheres Jacket and Hemispheres Bib | Jacket $599 | Bib $599

Setting a new bar for mobility in highly weather-protective apparel, the Hemispheres Jacket and Bib offer unparalleled range of motion in waterproof shells thanks to GORE-TEX® Fabric with Stretch Technology. This fabric offers nearly four times the stretch as other waterproof fabrics. 

Made with skiers in mind, the Hemispheres pieces are cut and equipped with a feature set that also works for ice and alpine climbing.


Outdoor Research Bitterblaze Gloves | $135

The Bitterblaze Gloves uses a super-insulating PrimaLoft® Gold Aerogel – the warmest insulation on earth, originally developed by NASA to insulate space suits. The result is a sophisticated skiing and climbing glove that ups the ante for tactility and warmth. Aerogel simply blocks cold from moving into the palms, or heat from moving out. Aerogel won’t compress the way traditional insulation does, which greatly compromises warmth.


DryGuy Force | $50

With the ability to dry a pair of shoes or gloves in about an hour, the portableDryGuy Force Dry is ideal for year-round use in rainy or snowy weather.  Allowing ski boots, running shoes, and gloves to stay warmer, more comfortable, and smell better when dried between uses.


FALKE SK2 Socks | $45

This skiing sock balances protection, comfort and shoe contact. The medium cushioning provides high protection and the merino wool mix is ideal for fast moisture wicking and thermal insulation. If you’re looking for a bit more warmth and protection, this sock is ideal for you! Available in Men’s, Women’s and Kid’s sizes. 


PEARL iZUMi Summit AmFIB Pant | $185

Stay on your fat bike all winter long with the Summit AmFIBPEARL iZUMi’s warmest MTB pant. They are ready to help hardy riders push through the toughest conditions.

Featuring AmFIB ® softshell throughout for a combination of warmth, wind and water resistance. Special Thermal panels on the back of the knees adds breathability and enhance pedaling performance, and PI Dry ® technology adds water shedding functionality. Zips at the lower leg are designed to fit securely over larger winter boots. Wear over liner shorts or full length tights.


MSR Snowshoe Kit | $199.95

The MSR Snowshoe Kit is the first kit for snowshoeing that MSR has ever made. Complete with Evo Trail Snowshoes, DynaLock Trail Backcountry Poles, and a carrying bag. This kit is great for winter adventures and family recreation this holiday season, and the perfect all-in-one gift for someone who’s looking to begin snowshoeing.

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Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon | $39.99

Whether apres ski, decorating the house or entertaining guests this holiday season, there’s nothing quite like a sip of Wyoming Whiskey to make the holidays warm from the inside out.  

WW Small Batch Bourbon is medium amber in color with a nose of sweet corn, molasses, and clove.  It is medium bodied with a palate of vanilla, caramel, charred oak, and a hint of citrus. The finish is mild with lingering caramel and toast, and is very smooth.


For more gifts ideas this holiday check out the 2018 Verde Gift Guides.

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Laura Friedland