It's that time of year again, except this time there's actually snow falling. What's that to the north? A snow line!? Haven't seen one of those in years. Needless to say, the stoke is high right now with a fantastic start to our local season. With that comes a need for gear. Last year, you were so bummed, you ended up asking for Shaun White Snowboarding for Christmas, knowing that is was a terrible game, but it was better than not riding. This year, you can ditch the controller and get your vegetating behind to the mountain to get some laps in and heal your soul. You can toss that copy of Shaun White Snowboarding off the Lion's Gate as you make your way over while you're at it.
Here's a carefully curated list of some last minute stocking stuffers you can beg mom and dad (or Santa) for, for Christmas morning. Might not seem like much, but you can thank me later.
1. Instance Socks - Star Wars Edition
I don't care who you are or how not nerdy you claim to be, these Star Wars collab socks are super sick even if you have no idea what the Force is. If you are super nerdy, like me, then hopefully you already have a pair or more of these bad boys. Aside from having the hottest movie of 2015 on your feet, these socks are super comfortable and will have you tossing your old Hanes plain whites for all Instance, all the time. Oh, and they make snow socks too, in case you were wondering.
2. SAXX Underwear
Yea, yea, we're talking undies. You think you're good with those Fruit of the Loom beauties you get by the case load at Costco? Think again. Just like with everything else in life, a solid foundation is key, and getting the essentials right will have you thanking me later. Without getting into too much detail, SAXX has a hammock for your boys to lounge in while you huck yourself all over the mountain. The holiday collection is on point, and they also make merino long johns, so you can stay warm in the whiteroom.
3. Coal Headwear U.H.B.
Everyone needs a solid facemask. Gotta keep your lips from freezing so you don't make a fool of yourself under the mistletoe. The Coal U.H.B. facemask is my personal favourite, and the new model comes with a few holes in the nose/mouth area to keep less moisture in, while the fleece keeps you warm. The thinner over head liner keeps your head cool, so you can pair it with a nice Coal knit beanie to complete the look. If you want something a little more tech, they have a full fleece hood with cinch and a merino 'clava for the ultimate in head/face warmth.
4. Skullcandy Smokin' Buds 2
Everyone needs tunes to get amped up on riding. A little Wu Tang in the park, a little Black Sabbath in the trees, a little T. Swift on the drive up and back home. Don't pretend you're not singing along at the top of your lungs. Whatever your poison of choice, when you're on the hill, the Skullcandy Smokin' Buds 2 with Supreme Sound will keep your ears fueled and your stoke high. Plus, they stay in your ear pretty well. At this price point, you'll be hard pressed to find a better set of in ears that'll perform in all riding conditions.
I saved the best for last. Faceshots are free and are the ultimate gift, given to you from mother nature herself. With the season we're currently having, you won't have any trouble finding a little section to throw a big ol' slash in. Get a couple of your friends together and get out there for a fantastic time. You can get all the gifts you want, but nothing beats the feeling of getting out there, throwing up some snow and high fiving your friends as you head in for a poutine.
Have a Merry Christmas, y'all. See you on the hill!