Our secret Santas at SkiRacing.com reveal what’s on their wish lists.
Claire Abbe Brown, Publisher
For 50 years, Dale of Norway has been keeping good-looking Norwegian ski racers warm with their good-looking knits. (Sorry, no ugly sweater party here!) My husband and I are ready to hit the Park City streets in his and hers Lillehammer sweaters. $229 http://us.daleofnorway.com/women/women/lillehammer-womens-sweater/
Dryguy boot gloves are pretty hot on the scene these days, especially among speed skiers — Lara Gut and Kjetil Jansrud in Copper, for example — who wear them up the lift and during inspection to keep their feet warm. $30
Christine J. Feehan, Web Editor
Because I have an intricate boot warming system set up in my Nordica Patron Pros, I'm usually too lazy to remove my liners for proper drying while traveling. But the Dryguy Travel Dry convection inserts always get the job done to avoid cold and wet boots on back-to-back race mornings. $30
I'm not the type of woman who would normally wear a ski hat that costs as much as my coat, but I received one particular winter toque as a gift last Christmas and can't tell you how many compliments I've received since. The Bogner Sport Ski Knit Hat Leonie with detachable Finnraccoon pompom doesn't come cheap, but its classic look is priceless. Just please get yours in one of the three colors offered other than Gray Melange so we don't wind up matching on the mountain. $269
Susan Theis, Director of Visual Content
When most people hear "Swix," they typically think of hard goods, but a couple seasons ago the brand released a new line called Northern Fusion. If there's one piece of gear I always reach for when leaving the house, it's the Romsdal down jacket. I wear it both as a stand-alone piece and as an extra layer under a shell for cold days on the mountain. The Romsdal also comes in a long or short version. If you can't choose just buy both, I promise you won't be disappointed. $240
Sarah Tuff Dunn, Editor-in-Chief
Since I’ll be covering the NASTAR Eastern Championships at Okemo Mountain in Vermont (Jan. 29 to 31), I’m wishing for a long weekend away at the Jackson Gore Inn. S’mores, anyone?
And I just got some new skis for my birthday, but there’s still space in the garage (if not room in the budget) for a pair of new Z-90s from Renoun, the Vermont start-up that uses hyper-dampening technology. Race coach Lyndsay Strange reports: “Usually, I've found, that when a ski company wants ‘damp’ or lots o metal, they are too stiff with little ‘playfulness.’ yet these can create a lot of energy throughout the turn with that sweet stiff tail, but I never found that I got stuck in the back seat due to the stiffness in the tail... (like I've felt on a Blizzard or burlier Volkl). Also, the magic material you're using throughout the core seriously needs to be in race skis! The stability it creates at speed is incredible.” $1,295
It’s darn cold in our neck of the woods, so I’d like to keep my neck warm by zipping up the Helly Hansen Icefall Jacket, a technical down piece that’s also water resistant.
Finally, I’m fresh out of Trilipiderm moisturizer, hands-down the best hand, foot and all-over cream I’ve tried. It’s the brainchild of a Jackson Hole research institute, so it’s ideal for ski racers, but it worked just as well fending off the fierce rays of South Beach recently. The travel bundle would stuff my stocking very nicely, thank you. $75
And it’s the gift that keeps on giving: a subscription to SkiRacing.com Premium. $15