Aspen Snowmass Holiday Gift Guide
Lights glimmering amidst a snow-covered setting, warm beverages by a roaring fire after a day on the slopes, nostalgic scents and music in the air—few things compare to the coziness of holiday time. And while giving gifts can be one of the most joyous parts of the season, it can also add some serious unnecessary stress. But fret not—whether you're hoping to give a lasting memory, present your loved ones with the best gear, or support local businesses and organizations—we’ve built a gift list that is sure to be a hit, no matter who you’re shopping for.
Gear That Keeps Giving ...
Anon WaveCel HelmetThe entire WaveCel line is meant to be light in weight, but heavy in tech—which is ideal when it comes to winter helmets which can feel bulky and unimpressive. WaveCel’s collapsible cellular structure lines the helmet and works to absorb more force to protect the noggins of the ones you love. The lighter-weight Logan WaveCel helmet has a lower profile and is perfect for a freeride skier or boarder, while the Merek WaveCel offers 19 channels for ventilation and is ideal for your all-mountain explorer. Want to buy it in person? Anon helmets are available to purchase at all Four Mountain Sports locations, as well as the new ASPENX store, opening on December 20.
A Gold Ski Tune with Ski Phantom Glide ApplicationIt’s easy to neglect gear, but a ski or board tune can make all the difference while carving down the groomers or tackling the steeps. Take your giftee’s equipment to any of Aspen Snowmass’ nine Four Mountain Sports locations for a Gold Tune with PHANTOM, a permanent, one-time application base treatment that increases glide with its patent-pending polymer technology. Bonus: It’s also more environmentally friendly than your standard wax, which leaves residue and particles in the snow.
Skida NeckwearFemale-founded and operated out of Vermont, Skida has taken the snows ports industry by storm with these practical, affordable gifts or stocking stuffers. Floral prints, bold patterns, and colorful designs decorate Skida’s snow accessories, including their bestseller, the Alpine Neckwarmers (fleece lined) and the lighter-weight, more breathable Sun & Snow Tours (see below). Both are available in multiple prints and help to add a pop of personality to anyone’s ski or ride kit.
Avalanche Beacon, Probe, and ShovelPlush turns in the backcountry are enticing, but being fully equipped with the right knowledge and gear is key before embarking on off-piste explorations. Get the adventurer in your life an avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel—three of the main necessities for backcountry skiing. The T4 Avalanche Rescue Package from Backcountry Access (BCA) comes with the newest gear in the game, plus a 5-year warranty so everyone gets peace of mind.
Unforgettable Experiences ...
Private Ski Lesson or ClinicNo matter their skill level, there’s always an opportunity for your friend or family member to take skiing and riding to the next level. This season, purchase a private lesson or a clinic for the skier or snowboarder in your life. The beauty of a private lesson? It’s a guided experience, with a Pro providing personalized instruction and helping to create deeper connections with skiing, riding, and our mountains.
An Unmatched Mountain MealThe new Alpin Room sits at the top of the Alpine Springs lift on Snowmass and features Alps-inspired cuisine—think delicious Chicken Schnitzel or Caramelized Onion Fondue Tartiflette—in a high alpine setting. Give the gift of a leisurely lunch or a quick bite between laps. Call 855-496-9219 to purchase a gift card—and hope they bring you with them.
Aspen Art Musuem MembershipFor any art lover in your life, an annual membership to the Aspen Art Musuem is truly a gift that will surprise and delight all year long. Not only does membership help in sustaining art education and creativity—it also means invitations to members-only events like art openings, discounts at the rooftop café and museum shop, as well as access to content and the opportunity to meet featured (and famous!) artists.
A Little Something Cheeky ...
An Elevated Fanny PackThe new ASPENX brand has mastered fusing high fashion with functionality—and it’s not above making you laugh. The Lover’s Puffer Fanny Pack is a sleek, all-black bag but packs a cheeky punch with a colorful “Aspen Skiers Make Better Lovers” patch. Boasting two zippered pockets, this belted bag has ample storage while still being low-profile. It can be worn around the waist, across the body or over the shoulder—whichever style gives people the best view.
Paola Pivi + Klean Kanton Water BottleAward winning, Italian-born artist Paola Pivi’s colorful feathered bears can be spotted across Aspen Snowmass this season as part of the 17th annual Art in Unexpected Places program. After seeing these bears out in the wild, you can take them home on a Klean Kanteen insulated water bottle for the playful animal lover on your list. Available at Four Mountain Sports.
Some Local SpiritsMarble Distilling Co., located about 30 minutes from Aspen in Carbondale, Colorado, is owned and operated by a local family and led by a female head distiller. It’s also arguably the most sustainable distillery on the planet—returning spent grains to local farms, recycling 100% of its processed water, and more. Give your high-spirited friend a bottle of Vodka, Gin, Rye Whiskey, or Bourbon—or, go for something a little more unique like the sweet Marble Gingercello, a fresh take on its lemon counterpart, or the Moonlight Expresso, a luxurious addition to homemade espresso martinis.
The Gift of Comfort ...
ASPENX’s Cozy Aspen Patch SweaterPolished coziness meets winter nostalgia with the new ASPENX Men’s & Women’s Aspen Patch Sweater. This ultra-soft, 100% merino wool sweater offers a fitted look and complete with refined details in the form of ski insignia patches. It’s the perfect gift for any skier or rider who favors the vintage ski scene.
Blankets That Make a StatementRumpl—known for their technical yet comfy lightweight blankets—has collaborated with Indigenous artists to create stunning blankets meant for adventure in outdoor settings. Give the NanoLoft Puffy Sundown Blanket, with 100% recycle ripstop fabric, or wrap up the Sherpa Puffy Woven Daydream Blanket, offering recycled fleece bottom for extra warmth. Proceeds from each purchase benefit the First Peoples Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to sustaining the cultural fabric of Native communities.
Help Someone Make a Difference ...
Climate ActionFor the person who has it all, consider donating to a cause they care about on their behalf. Know a lover of skiing and riding? (We know you do.) Give to Protect Our Winters to join the fight against climate change at a legislative level, to help ensure white winters for many years to come.
Supporting The Roaring Fork ValleyFor anyone looking to give back to the home of Aspen Snowmass, the Caring For Community Fund is an Aspen Skiing Company nonprofit focused on supporting the Roaring Fork Valley community. The fund goes to organizations that are both big and small, tackling issues including housing, mental health, crisis support, education and job training, and more.
May your season be filled with cheer and your new year packed with fresh tracks. Happy Holidays from Aspen Snowmass!
Published December 2021