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This Season’s Ultimate Ski Gear Guide

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After showcasing the best snowboard gear yesterday, we had to come back and offer something for our friends on two planks. (There’s no skier-snowboarder beef here.) Today’s ski equipment is built to accommodate a wide range of riding styles and terrain and is more comfortable than ever.

Here is the ski gear you will need to have an awesome time on the slopes this season.


Rossignol Experience 100
$749.95, rossignol.com
Rather than have a pair of skis for different conditions and terrain, the Experience 100 are like an entire quiver in two planks. They have plenty of float through powder and strong edge control when you really want to lay into a turn.

Rossignol

Rossignol


Tecnica Cochise 130 Pro
$850, tecnicausa.com
Lowering the cuff on these freeriding boots allows them to have a greater range of motion so you can tweak out turns and jumps.

Tecnica

Tecnica


Line Pin Poles
$54.95, lineskis.com
Face it, your poles don’t make much of a difference in how you ski, so might as well get a set with some cool BMX-style grips. The fact that they come in a bright color will come in handy if you yard sale it and scatter your gear all over the mountain.

Line

Line


POC Fornix Communication
$240, pocsports.com
POC has always made helmets that lead the way in terms of safety and protection. Now their longstanding favorite, the Fornix, is available with Beats by Dre headphones built right into the liner.

Poc

Poc


Zeal HD2 Camera Goggle
$499, zealoptics.com
Everybody wants video of themselves launching off a cliff (or of their buddy eating facefuls of snow). But attaching a camera to your helmet or somewhere else on your body can be cumbersome. Plus you don’t look that cool. These goggles discreetly hold a camera that films 1080p video through a 170-degree wide angle lens.

Zeal Optics

Zeal Optics


Helly Hansen Dry 2-Pack Base Layer
$75, hellyhansen.com
The striping down the side has been a Helly Hansen staple for 40 years. The technology in its base layers has evolved considerably though. The latest version is highly breathable and dries quickly but still keeps you warm on those -10 degree days.

Helly Hansen

Helly Hansen


Patagonia Hybrid Down Jacket
$229, patagonia.com
Packed with down where you need it to keep you warm but stretchy in areas where you’ll be moving, this is an ideal layer to throw on underneath your shell and will help you regulate your body temperature on the way up and the way down.

Patagonia

Patagonia


Arc'teryx Rush Jacket
$599, arcteryx.com
Designed to keep you warm in the most blustery backcountry conditions, this jacket has a minimalist, ergonomic design that frees you up when you’re launching a spread eagle.

Arc

Arc'teryx


Arc'teryx Lithic Comp Pants
$375, arcteryx.com
If you ever go heliskiing, you’ll probably see the guides wearing Arc'teryx. The reason is that the gear performs great and is built to last. Because of their high waist, these bib pants are also a great way to prevent snow from running down your crack.

Arc

Arc'teryx


Smartwool PhD Ski Socks
$25.95, smartwool.com
Socks play an underrated role in keeping your feet comfortable during a long day on the hill. These merino versions from Smartwool offer cushioning on the shins and foot to help absorb impact.

Smartwool

Smartwool


Justin Tejada is a writer and editor based in New York City. Follow him on Twitter at @just_tejada.

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