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Gift Guide 2011 | 10 Must-Haves for the Adventurer

No matter the destination or pursuit, there’s one unpredictable constant that entwines throughout the spirit of adventure — the ever-changing natural elements. Rather than limiting your lifestyle or altering your approach, we’ve compiled this list of 10 critical items that belong in your outdoor gear arsenal. Some you may be familiar with, some you may…

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Flip Out

Oakley Airbrake

Snow goggles are snow goggles, right? Well, if you don’t care much about ‘em, then yes. But if poor fit and feel, changing weather and slope conditions get you down on your way down, then pay a visit to the Oakey Airbrake, rife with the kind of technology that will make your time on the…

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Conquer More

MTN Approach Backcountry Snowboard System

Pure. Uncut. Powder. We’re not discussing Whitney Houston’s daydreams here people. We’re talking about the stuff that transforms passionate snowboarders into giddy Catholic school girls. Sure, if you can commandeer a chopper on a whim, accessing the stuff in the prime backcountry of your choice is an easy affair. For those of more humble means,…

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Avalanche Cliff Jump in the French Alps

Many downhill lovers have dreamt of whizzing through the ungroomed powder troves of the backcountry. Skiing off of an enormous cliff face while triggering an avalanche probably isn’t part of those dreams — well at least for you saner readers. That’s exactly what happened though to extreme french skiers Matthias Giraud and Stefan Laude in…

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Luge for the lil' ones

L.L.Bean Rambler Winter Wagon

Retire the ol’ Radio Flyer with L.L. Bean’s Rambler Wagon, now available with skis for the powder-bound family. Available in either separate skis or an entire set, the Rambler can go from a 10″ pneumatic tire/wheeled to ski-equipped ruggedized snow-covered field or ice pond runner. The wagon measures 34″ x 16″ and rails are made…

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Ski Wine Rack

An excellent glass of wine after a long day of skiing is often just what the doctor ordered, particularly when your quads start to remind you how long you’ve been off the slopes. This Ski Rack Wine ($700) could be symbolic of that partnership, or just clever decoration for a chalet. In either case it’s…

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Ski Bum Engineers

Folsom Custom Skis

It is time to start thinking about your winter recreation gear and this year might be the year for new skis. Instead of walking into your local mega-outdoor-retailer, consider taking a custom approach and get fitted for a pair of Folsom custom skis ($1,200). As one of America’s first and only fully custom ski companies,…

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The Essence of All-Mountain Style and Versatility

Dynastar Big Trouble Skis

By Guest Writer and Outdoor Enthusiast Michael O’Brien The Dynastar Big Trouble ($454) is the perfect solution for the advanced level skier looking for planks that can do it all.  The skis’ versatility is their number one strength, in addition to the twin-tipped design, larger than average widths and contours (124-92-114) allowing you to float…

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Because 3 Layers are Better than 1

Burton Ranger Jacket

Fur lined parkas are all the rage for men’s jackets this winter. That doesn’t mean that anything you’ll see on the runway can begin to match the functionality of the Burton Ranger. Designed with both style and purpose in mind, the Ranger is composed of 3 separate layers. On the outside, 2 sheets of DRYRIDE…

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The Right Bag For Pow Pow

Dakine Ski & Snowboard Baker Backpack

Ski and Snowboarding season is coming, and we know you’ve been waiting. Your mental preparations may be complete, but before you hit the slopes this year, consider upgrading your pack with the DAKINE Team Baker pack. Affordable and functional, this bag is designed with a back country carver in mind. An insulated hydration sleeves keeps…

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Ski Conditions? I Got Your Ski Conditions. 7 Days Worth Of 'Em.

Bushnell Ski FX 7 Day Weather Forecaster

With global warming eroding the once consistent weather forecasts of Old Man Winter, how’s a man to know what to expect on the slopes? Choose the wrong day and the most action you’ll get a forlorn cup of hot cocoa in the lodge. Enter the Ski FX from Bushnell. With wireless delivery of your 7-day…

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Ski Dubai

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And if there happen to be an endless supply of cash at hand then all the better. Or so the thought must have been with the creation of Ski Dubai, a 242,000 square foot indoor ski/snowboard slope with year round snow. Ski Dubai features 5 runs that fall…

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Rossignol Bandit B94 Respect

These Rossignol Bandit B94 Respect skis are built using Rossignol’s B94 Bandit structure which means they are a lighter overall alpine ski, perfect for uphill climbs, downhill bombs, backcountry powder and packed snow. They feature a sharknose and dual tec construction. At an impressive 8.4 lbs these super lightweight skis will almost disappear beneath your…

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Voilé Split Decision MOJO

Powder season is nearly upon us and we’re already itching here to get out on the slopes and chow some powder. The folks here at GP are split between skiiers and boarders so the Voile Split Decision MOJO splitboard is something we’ve got our eyes on using this winter. For those of you not familiar…

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K2 Public Enemy Skis

The K2 Public Enemy designed for the park and anywhere else you want to venture on the mountain. The Public Enemy ski is built with a stiffer Triaxial braided wood core in the factory series thus giving it strength to withstand the toughest of landings and the confidence and stability to rip any terrain. Triaxial…