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Gear Guide

Top picks for the winter season

1. Patagonia Better Sweater

Patagonia, Lionshead

Patagonia’s newest spin off of their classic Better Sweater jacket, the Performance Better Sweater includes Polartec® Power Stretch® side panels for movement and breathability while the slimmer and longer body and arms give it that great athletic fit. $149.

 2. Crazy Mountain Brewery Beer

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Crazy Mountain Brewery, Edwards

Crazy Mountain Brewery offers creative local brewing at its finest. Look for classics such as Crazy Mountain Amber Ale or the Snowcat Coffee Stout to small-batch specialty brews like the Local’s Stash Collection. Prices vary.

 3. Ternua Ladakh Jacket

Ptarmigan Sports, Edwards

The Ternua Ladakh down jacket is the perfect coat for fast and light alpine applications or just staying warm on a cold day. It uses 800 fill, recycled Neokdun down. The outer shell's Pertex Endurance membrane provides wind and water resistance, and the down-insulated hood is helmet compatible. $280.

 4. Venture Splitboard

Alpine Quest Sports, Edwards

This season’s Storm Splitboard from local Colorado snowboard company Venture is handcrafted by snowboarders in Silverton, Colorado. Named after Storm Peak, an iconic peak in the San Juan range, the board features a versatile freeride deck that dominates big lines, tree lines and fresh lines. The straight-line rocker, moderate taper and a softer nose provide float in the fresh, while a stiffer midsection and tail drive stability and control. $599 solid / $899 split.

 5. Regina 402 Boots

Double Diamond Shoes, Lionshead

The Regina 402 boots include 100 percent pure wool lining and great fur accents. The boot tread optimizes stability on snowy and icy conditions. It's warmth, fashion and functionality rolled into one. $395.

6. Oakley MOD 5 Helmet

Christy Sports, Avon

The new MOD 5 snow helmet from Oakley brings the best of fashion and functionality to mountain safety. The sleek design includes a Modular Brim System suited to any goggle size or style, adjustable ventilation and the BOA fit system for cool comfort and a snug fit.  $200.

 7. Phenix Winter Coat

Vail Daily, EagleVail

The 10th Mountain Division Shell by Phenix is an accurate reproduction of the famous Anorak coat worn by 10th Mountain soldiers. Made with technical fibers that are weatherproof and breathable, it comes with a faux or real fur collar. Stop by the Vail Daily Building in EagleVail or e-mail Starting at $425.

 8. White+Warren Wrap

Double Diamond Shoes, Lionshead

This White + Warren wrap is 100 percent cashmere, ideal for travel. The versatile wrap allows for cuddling up with a great book or forging ahead into the night for social gatherings. $298.

 9. Turtle Fur Shellaclava

Double Diamond Ski Shop, Lionshead

This combo balaclava and neck gaiter, complete with comfy Turtle Fur lining, has a UPF of 50. $30. 

 10. Patagonia Growler

Patagonia, Lionshead

Part of the new Patagonia Provisions® line, the stainless steel growler is perfect for filling up at your local brewery or for bringing hot chocolate on your next cold weather hike. Comes in black, silver,and white and features a leak-proof vacuum insulated lid. $60.

 11. Nordica Speedmachine 130

Double Diamond Ski Shop, Lionshead

This expert level, all-mountain boot has a super lightweight shell that is fully customizable thanks to infrared technology and a moldable custom

cork liner. $800.