Aspen Snowmass Holiday Gift Guide
Published December 2022
Waterproof and breathable is no longer an oxymoron thanks to advancements in textile technology, like the eVent® DV Flex 3L fabric used in the Nomad Jacket from Strafe Outerwear. Founded in Aspen by twin brothers John and Pete Gaston, Strafe Outerwear is built for speed—both uphill and downhill—and is tested and trusted by some of the best athletes in town. The Nomad is available in a range of colors for both men and women, add the pants to complete the coordinated look.
The ideal midlayer is versatile enough to serve multiple purposes, adding warmth as an ensemble piece below a shell on colder days, or standing alone as outerwear when the temperatures rise. A few of the pieces from ASPENX’s latest collaboration fit the bill. Both the ASPENX Aether Ozone Women’s Jacket and ASPENX Aether Launch Men’s Jacket offer technical down warmth in stylish but unrestrictive, layer-able pieces.
Your baselayer is the foundation for warmth and comfort but requirements can vary by day and activity. Luckily Courbeaux, another locally-owned brand, offers layers in four weights ranging from Silkweight to Expeditionweight to suit your adventure. Manufactured in the United States from sustainable fabrics, Courbeaux delivers thoughtful and rugged next-to-skin apparel.
BombasLet’s settle a long disputed mountain quandary once and for all. Yes, you are supposed to wear short underwear below your long underwear when out shredding. It’s inconvenient in certain circumstances, like when nature calls, but will add to your overall comfort throughout the day. The Active line for men and women from Bombas are made from a soft, quick drying mesh that wicks away sweat and moves with your body. They are tag free and they donate one pair for every pair you buy, making them the ultimate feel good undies.
AnonThe days of gaper gap—the unpleasant and unsightly space between helmet and goggles—are gone for good thanks to ANON’s seamlessly integrated helmets, goggles and face masks. Anon helmets, including the sleek new Oslo, feature Wavecel technology which disperses the energy caused by impacts, and a fleece-lined, precision fit for all day comfort. The Oslo, along with the M4S Goggles and a magnetically connected MFI facemask, offer the ultimate set- up for safety and style.
If you aren’t wearing a facemask, protect those cheeks with UV protection from Supergoop! The PLAY Everyday Lotion packs SPF 50 to ward off high altitude rays and helps keep skin hydrated without greasy residue.
Backcountry Access (BCA)
If there are any adventurous souls on your list itching to explore lines outside the resort, send them into the sidecountry or backcountry with the T4 Avalanche Rescue Package from Backcountry Access (BCA). With a beacon, avalanche probe and shovel, this kit includes the essentials for safe excursions into avalanche terrain.
Ski & Snowboard Lessons
Athletes of all levels will benefit from a Private Lesson from a Ski or Snowboard Pro. Beyond perfecting your turns, Aspen Snowmass instructors are passionate mountain guides that help you get the most out of each day, from secret powder stashes to on-mountain meals.
Lunch at the Alpin Room
One meal not to miss is lunch at the recently renovated Alpin Room on Snowmass, which offers Alsatian fare in a chic mountain setting at the top of the Alpine Springs lift. Inspired by meals found at traditional Alpine warming huts, the menu ranges from French Onion Soup to Chicken Schnitzel. For warmth, there’s Gluhwein, Toddy’s and wine, of course.
Get a Tune
Your equipment is as important as your skills on the hill and you can ensure everything is sliding properly with a Gold Ski Tune with Phantom Glide Application from one of Aspen Snowmass’s nine Four Mountain Sports locations. The one time base application permanently increases glide with patent-pending polymer technology and is more environmentally friendly than standard wax.
Merry and Bright
Après Ski Candle
Bring the sensation of dancing on the table in your ski boots into your living room with the Apres-Ski scented candle from ASPENX. Beer and wings are optional.
Woody Creek Spirits
Toast a day on the hill with a cocktail made from Woody Creek Spirits. The entire lineup—including the outstanding Woody Creek Rye– are handcrafted in the Roaring Fork Valley from local ingredients.
Protect Our Winters
Turn your passion for the outdoors into purpose by supporting Protect Our Winters (POW). Founded by professional athletes seeking to use their voices for good, POW has grown into a community of outdoor enthusiasts advocating for climate change at local, state, and federal levels.