Ski Trip: 10 Tips

Writer Stephen Krcmar offers these guidelines for families and travelers preparing for their first ski trip of the year.

Ocean Wave Skiing

Take an ocean wave. Add skis and a tow-in with a jet ski. That’s what pro skier Cody Townsend did for a recent ski stunt…

Custom Skis, Made Cheap

Custom skis for $333? That’s the promise with 333 Skis, a small company with an off-the-grid mobile factory.

Makboard Snowboard

Makboard built a see-through snowboard deck made from the same material used in fighter jet cockpit canopies.

Custom Swiss Skis

Heidiskis, a Switzerland-based ski maker, revamped its 2010 line to include an ash-Titanal core that gives rigidity and flex.

U.S. Snowboarding Team Uniforms

What happens when grunge, “The Boss” and the look of Tommy Hilfiger collide? You get Burton’s just-released Olympic uniform for the U.S. Snowboarding Team.

MSR Kids Snowshoes

The Shift snowshoes, based on the company’s Denali Evo model, are aimed at preteens who want to keep up with mom and dad.

Cyber Monday Gear Deals

It’s one of the busiest days of the year for retail electronic commerce in the United States. Here are a few options for gear junkies…

Winter Base Layers

‘Long johns’ are no longer. Instead, outdoors companies now sell “next-to-skin technical base layers.” Here are three sets of skivvies for winter 2010.

Snowsports Socks

Wigwam, a Wisconsin-based sock manufacturer, developed three new snow-oriented socks for this winter.

Backcountry Stoic Line unveiled its new apparel brand Stoic this week.

Smith Maze Helmet

The Maze helmet weighs only 11.5 ounces, making it the lightest snow helmet in the snowsports world, according to Smith.

Never Summer Summit Custom Split

Snowshoes and snowboards go together like peanut butter and jelly in the backcountry. But to get where you’re going quicker there’s nothing like a splitboard.

$20 Ski Rack

Penny-pinching ski bums will embrace Raxstars’ new $20 ski carrier, which attaches to a vehicle’s luggage rack and is small enough to store in a…

K2 Ski Descent

Dave Watson, a climber and mountain guide, skidded into the record books this year with a daring ski descent on K2, a 28,251-foot “pyramid of…

Shock-Absorbing Ski Boots

Tecnica claims its new shock-absorbing inserts, like those in the Agent 130, will reduce below-the-knee fatigue to help huckers and jibbers stay out longer.

Review: Thule K Summit Chains

You can be prepared for any winter storm with Thule’s K Summit chains. But are they worth $450? This is the Gear Junkie review.

$1,000+ Ski Boots

The era of the $1,000+ ski boot is officially upon us. For better or worse, here are three new boots that cost a grand or…

Winter Gear Preview

Winter is almost here. Gear up this season with heated boots, a $700 down jacket, and a backpack with a built-in emergency avalanche airbag.

BD Agent AvaLung

Breathe while buried in snow. Black Diamond’s Agent AvaLung Pack is touted as an avalanche insurance policy.

Columbia Heated Boots

Heated boots have long been a Holy Grail. Columbia continues on the quest with its heated men’s and women’s boot models.

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