Another Christmas is upon us and there is a collective sigh of relief as the snow hits Europe and North America to give us the Christmas present we all wish for. But what else do the skiers and snow boarders in your life really want? Here at Pure Powder the off piste and heli skiing experts have devised another fool-proof list of 10 ski-friendly Christmas gifts to keep those powder hounds full of festive cheer and geared up for their time on the white stuff:
For the ultimate ski-friendly camera, look no further than Sony’s TX5 Digital Compact camera. It fits snugly into your ski jacket, shoots HD movies and is hard-wearing beyond belief being waterproof, shrugging off freezing conditions and surviving drops from 1.5 metres. Let’s not test out the claims on your first day though…
For the best in ski socks, look no further than Perilla who produce the most luxurious range of alpaca socks made in England. Lightweight and warm and made from 75% alpaca wool, you can pick the colours to best suit the skier in your life. They even have a cushioned sole for maximum comfort and are super hard-wearing. £54 for three pairs
First rule to looking stylish chez lodge? Kit yourself out with Ashish’s new range for Topshop. A tongue-in-cheek take on chalet style although we’re not sure who we’d buy the leapord print ski pants for. With prices starting from £55, everyone can make a style statement on the slopes.
By now, everyone seems to have a Go Pro helmet camera of their own turning every skier into a budding Spielberg on the slopes. Now you need a Go Pole mount to get the best angles to show off your turns/jumps/flips with its 36-inch extension. And it’s stocking filler friendly for £30!
We wanted to bring you the best helmet for consideration in 2012 so thought to bring you a modern-day helmet for the snow which could also come in handy when going down the shops. Presenting the Pro-Tec ‘Riot’; a super-light, vented helmet with removable earpads and liner to ensure the right temperature at all times.
Channelling your inner Zhivago? Sweaty Betty have the right idea with their 60’s inspired waterproof, belted ski cape. Insulated with a superior thermal layer and fashioned with a faux fur detachable collar, this will certainly set off your après-ski glamour. From £290
Described as the ‘Rolls Royce’ of ski gloves, Alexski Ski Gloves are hand stitched in Milan from the highest grade English waterproof leather, interlined with Goretex and lined with New Zealand Possum fur for maximum warmth. They’re not cheap starting from £255 but think how toasty warm your hands will be if stuck on a chairlift (or waiting for the helicopter to pick you up for another round of heli skiing).
So you are all kitted out and ready to go? Hang on….you forget to take care of the pooch didn’t you? Never fear, we have found a luxury pink quilted ski parka for the dog in your life with a soft and snug fleece lining to keep Princess warm. Making her feel right at home in the on-slope Chanel boutique in Courchevel.
Looking for something for the guy or girl who has everything…how about a pair of Salomon’s new BBR skis which are apparently ‘shaping the future’. Inspired by other ‘gliding’ sports such as surfing and wake-boarding this ski is has an oversized, surfboard like tip and rocker shape enabling the ski to float in powder as well as carve it up on the piste. We just like the shape… Available for £490 from Ellis Brigham
And where to go for those ski-friendly stocking fillers? The easy answer is Jack Wills. For lip balms, boot bags, ski goggles and knitted goods to keep all those simplistic teenagers happy, look no further…
What about the ultimate Christmas present? If you’re one of those generous sorts, why not treat all the family to a once-in-a-lifetime heli skiing trip in 2012 skiing CMH Bugaboos next Christmas? Prices start from C$6,490 with kids aged between 12-17 going 1/2 price! Contact Pure Powder for your heli skiing needs or call us on 0207 736 8191