Snow lovers may be dreaming of a White Christmas, but it's the pistes they're hankering for.
Fill their Christmas stocking with these prezzies to keep them toasty and teched-up on the slopes and mountainsides.
Jeremy Jones – Further DVD & Blu-ray (£22)
Sit back and enjoy some of the world's most extreme snowboarding antics from Jeremy Jones, one of the pioneers of big mountain riding. Its stunning vistas, insane descents and a large dose of the great outdoors might even rouse you from your post-turkey stupor and have you booking your next trip to the snow.
Hestra Army Leather Heli Ski 3-Finger (£95)
Cold fingers can quickly suck the fun out of a mountain session, and the cost of buying sub-standard gloves that fall apart every year soon adds up.
These snug, 'three-finger' gloves are made from three-layer polyamide fabric with a goat leather palm that'll last a lifetime. They also feature elasticated 'handcuffs' to stop you dropping them off the chairlift. Again.
Icebreaker Men's Bodyfit 200 Oasis L/S Crew (£60)
You've probably heard it before, but staying warm on the mountain is all about having lots of thin layers rather than one really thick one. This long sleeve base layer top is the perfect start for an alpine uniform. It's made from merino wool, which is surprisingly warm and (just as important) amazingly stink-proof.
Wipeout Portes du Soleil Piste Map Lens Cloth (£10)
No more struggles with soggy, fluttery, disintegrating paper piste maps – Wipeout prints a wide range of European piste maps directly onto giant lens cloths. So now your goggles will always be fog free and you can quickly stuff the map in a pocket without worrying about not having enough pieces of map left to find your way home.
Burton Tether Lock (£13)
Make sure your pride and joy doesn't go walkabout on the slopes while you're busy guzzling a vat of molten cheese at lunchtime. This compact cable lock's coiled design means it can be used as a snowboard tether while you're out riding, then clipped around something solid with its three-digit combination lock when you're not.
Airhole face mask (£30)
When the mercury drops and the snow closes in, a bit of face protection is the only thing that stands between you and a vicious chapping.
As the name suggests, Airhole face masks (they do balaclavas and 'tube' ones too) have an air hole, or 'silicone-injected mouth grommet', to make breathing easy while still protecting your mug. Oh, and they come in a variety of patterns and comedy styles. This one is the rather Christmassy Home Alone-inspired 'McAllister' print.
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Oakley Airwave 1.5 Recon Goggles (£520)
No mere standard eye protectors, these goggles have a heads-up display that gives you a window to your on-slope performance, showing speed, distance travelled, temperature and pinpointing your position on a piste map. They'll even locate friends if they're using the same goggles or running the Oakley Airwave app on their
smartphones. Bluetooth connectivity lets you hook it up to a heart rate monitor, access your phone's playlist and even view incoming calls and texts. A six-hour battery life gives you plenty of time on the slopes while Oakley's Switchlock tech lets you swap out lenses in seconds to suit the conditions.
Millet Matrix 30 MBS (£125)
A hardy day sack that laughs in the face of sub-zero conditions. Whether you just need space for an extra layer, lunch and a hydration pack or you're doing a serious alpine excursion, the Matrix has it covered.
Compression straps keep your load stable, and there are attachment points for skis, crampons, a helmet and even a pair of ice axes should things get a bit Vertical Limit. Throw in its 'mobility back system' hip straps which keep it stable while letting your body move freely, and you've got a pack you can happily wear all winter long.
BCA Tracker 2 (£260)
For those who like to go properly off piste, a transceiver (or 'avalanche beacon') is essential, helping you both to find your friends and to be found yourself. The Tracker 2's triple receiver antenna will pinpoint their signal quickly, while its easy-to-use interface, multiple burial indicator lights and intuitive search/transmit switch will make sure that no-one gets left behind.
BCA B1 Shovel/Probe System (£65)
A transceiver such as the BCA Tracker (above) is no good on its own – if you manage to locate a buried companion you need to be able to dig them out too.
This collapsible shovel packs down small enough to leave plenty of room in your pack for other essentials, and includes a probe in the handle for pinpointing your pal's position. Don't leave the chalet without 'em.
Giro Combyn helmet (£110)
A good helmet keeps your head warm and in one piece too, but most aren't really designed to withstand multiple knocks. For fans of the snow park (or terminal topplers) this 'Soft Shell' helmet is built to take the hits and keep on providing maximum protection for the next time they find themselves doing a 'toilet air' off an inadvisably large kicker.
Garmin Virb Elite (£350)
This tough, water resistant action cam produces 1080p HD video and 16MP photos which can be neatly framed with its onboard 1.4in colour screen.
With GPS and an altimeter on board it can even overlay footage with speed and altitude readings, or be set to automatically record only the exciting bits when you're skiing downhill and not just sitting on the chairlift. Its ANT+ compatibility means it'll also record other data such as heart rate and cycling/running cadence with ANT+ equipped accessories.