Winter sports gear sorted

In your grandfather's time, hurtling down a hill was an uncomplicated business. Hop off the lift at the top of a mountain, strap on your plywood skis

In your grandfather's time, hurtling down a hill was an uncomplicated business. Hop off the lift at the top of a mountain, strap on your plywood skis and an hour later you'd be sipping Glühwein in a ski-bunny's chalet... or waiting for the plaster cast to set.

Not today. Upstart sports like snowboarding and heliskiing have resulted in an explosion of choice in winter sports equipment, while exotic new materials and military-grade hardware continually filter down to the mainstream.

Luckily you have a guide to the baffling range of kit on offer. Like a loyal Sherpa, Stuff's snow-loving testers have compiled their winter sports Top 10, ranging from ski boots to goggles (pictured) to avalanche survival gear.

Don't set foot outside your lodge without it.