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The Season's Best Skiing and Snowboarding Gear

Make the mountain your bitch with the hottest in winter gear.


BioLite CampStove
For serious backcountry action, check this out: Fire can keep you warm, cook your food, and—cue record scratch—charge your phone?! By burning twigs, leaves, and whatever else you can find (no poop!), this stove converts heat to electricity. Boost your battery in the middle of the frozen tundra! $129, biolitestove.com   

Vans Pro-tec Commander Helmet
Its ear pads are outfitted with audio pockets that let you drop in earbuds and rock out while you ride. It also has an active venting system to help keep your goggles clear, so you can see the cliff you’re about to go flying off. $160, shop.vans.com

Ramp Sports Skis 

Handmade in Utah, these skis are as American as hating the French. By pairing higher-quality materials with innovative construction, Ramp offers sweet skis at a low price. U.S.A.! U.S.A.! From $298, rampsports.com  

Burton Nug Snowboard

Dude, where’s the rest of my board? This shrunken-down snowboard allows riders to cut and maneuver with ease, and its superior flex and edging make bumps a breeze. Priced at 420 bones, the gnarly Nug is hella heady, brah. $420, burton.com

Oakley Airwave Goggles
These Bluetooth-capable goggles have a small screen that lets you see your speed, track your jumps, and monitor other rad stats. Link it with your phone and a tiny remote helps you play music and send texts without taking off your gloves. They’re also preloaded with maps of hundreds of ski resorts, so finding the nearest trail (or lodge bar) won’t be an issue. $600, oakley.com

Burton Pinnacle Gloves
Insulated with Gore-Tex and coated with a special fabric that propels sweat away from skin, these gloves have palms made of TouchTec leather, which means you can use your smartphone without taking them off. Play Ski Safari while skiing! $100, burton.com

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