The Ultimate Backcountry Gift Map
by Toni Isom
Whether you need something to outdo the personal masseuse your spouse bought you last year or you're just looking for some killer stocking stuffers, you're going to need directions. We've prepared a choose-your-own-adventure map that will get you on the right track to purchasing the perfect present.
Just click the links below to start your journey.
For my favorite new-schooler
I want to get my new-school freestyle skier something that says, “I'm really, really sorry for making you ride moguls with me for 10 years.” I need a gift that will make him or her accept my apology with glee.
|K2 Men's Fugative Ski||K2 Women's MissDemeanor Ski|
For my well-dressed old–schooler
I have a special place in my heart for an old-school powder-chaser who loves classic style and uncompromised performance. I want to suit him or her up in something no-nonsense and definitely not new-fangled.
|Arc'teryx Men's Patriot SV Jacket||Mountain Hardwear Women's Descent DT Jacket|
I think this person skis or something...
This two-planker has probably already gone out and bought all the big stuff they need for this ski season, but I want fill this person's stocking with some little things he or she might have forgotten.
|Ally Distribution Show and Prove Ski Movie||Swix Gunde Wax Pack|
My snowboarder deserves the very best
I'm in the doghouse with my snowboarder and I'm tired of sleeping on the couch. I need a gift that will make the serious shredder in my life forget he or she was mad in the first place.
|Rome Artifact Snowboard||Nitro Nyx Snowboard|
My snowboarder wants to look good
I know a stylehound that will melt for the perfect piece of clothing, but won't be caught dead in anything conventional. I need to see some fashion that will turn my favorite snowboarder to butter.
|686 Men's Smarty Soldier Snowboard Jacket||B by Burton Women's Luna Pullover Snowboard Jacket|
I think this person snowboards or something...
I already dropped the big bucks on a new camera for my snowboarder to unwrap, but I want to stuff his or her stocking with something snowboard-related. I need some small bonus gifts.
|Smartwool Snowboard Light Sock||Burton 420 Kit
I need to make up for all the lame presents I've given this climber
I have a climber in my circle who doesn't quit when the snow falls. I want to reward this person's determination with something he or she will say is, “too much” as they clench it in a death-like grip.
|Mountain Hardwear Men's Torch Jacket||Petzl Nomic Ice Climbing Tool|
I want my climber to use this, but I'd like to be able to eat tomorrow
I'm dying to get that perfect present for an ice or alpine climber I know, but I don't want to freak them out by going overboard. I need some middle-ground goodies that won't disappoint.
|Grivel 360 Ice Screws||Black Diamond Punisher Glove|
I wish this climber was into knitting instead, but I'll support them in my small way
The thought of my climber scaling a glittering ice fall or maneuvering a gaping crevasse makes my head go spinny-wee, but nevertheless, I'd like to give that ice-monkey I know some safe little stocking stuffers.
|Black Diamond Slider Leash||Osprey Crampon Pocket|
This grown-up needs to have as much fun as possible
Some people ski, some people snowboard, and some people just want some big toys to play with. I want to please the grown-up toy-lover I love this holiday season.
|Airboard Freeride 180 Sled||Ozone Frenzy Sheetable Freestyle Snowkite|
This youngster needs to get outside this winter
I'm looking for a gift for a shortstack who can still play with toys and be socially accepted. I need something that'll get my kid outside in the snow this year.
|Sorel Kid's Snow Glider Winter Boot||Tubbs Kid's Storm Snowshoes|
I need stocking stuffers for all ages, all interests
I'm shopping for both kids-at-heart and real-life youngsters. I want to pepper their stockings with more than just candy and travel-sized bottles of aftershave.
|Crumpler Thirsty Al Electronics Pouch||Nike Timing Kid's Analog Range Watch|