The best skiing and snowboarding gear for the winter season

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When the mercury starts to plummet, it can only mean one thing — it’s time to hit the slopes. Here’s a roundup of the best skiing and snowboarding gear for the upcoming winter season.

  • Do you need your own skis to go skiing? Not necessarily. Most resorts allow you to hire skis and snowboards.
  • When is the best time for skiing and snowboarding? This varies with location; in the northern hemisphere, January to March is when the snow is at its best.
  • Is skiing off-piste safe? Because you’re not on managed slopes, there is an increased risk of avalanche. Do your research and take proper precautions.

The summer sun is relaxing, and fall’s color is beautiful. But for many of us, nothing is quite as exciting as those first few snowflakes of winter. If you’ve been waiting all year to hit the slopes, check out this roundup of awesome skiing and snowboarding gear.

Blizzard Led LED Snowboard Kit

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Blizzard Led lighting kit

Snowboarders with a sense of style will love this lighting kit. With 1,000 LEDs and 50 lighting modes, it adds some serious razzle dazzle to your board. It even has 8GB of storage for holding thousands of light sequences.

Price: $149 USD, coming soon

Voltair Avalanche Airbag Backpack

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Avalanche airbag

This spacious backpack is pricey, but it could save your life in the event of an avalanche. When the snow starts to fall, you can deploy the built-in airbag to create a pocket of air. Furthermore, you can use the airbag over and over again.

Price: $1300 USD

ORIGINAL+ AI Custom Skis

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ORIGINAL+ custom skis

Ever wanted to own custom skis? Now you can, thanks to AI. ORIGINAL+ takes account of your weight, height and skiing skills to build your perfect skis. You can also choose between different styles based on your preferred terrain.

Price: $667 USD

Carv Real-Time Ski Wearable

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Carv ski trainer

Carv uses smart inserts to collect data on your skiing technique. You can then view your stats, compete on a global leaderboard and get real-time coaching tips via the companion smartphone app.

Price: $299 USD

Avalanche 1080 Snow Goggles by Cyclops Gear

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Avalanche video goggles

These goggles from Cyclops Gear have a built-in HD camera, meaning you can capture every crisp turn and big air jump in 1080p. They also have dual layered anti-fog lenses that block 100% of harmful UV rays.

Price: $74.99 USD

Lion Ski Mask by Beardo

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Lion ski mask

Covering your face is pretty essential when you’re speeding through a blizzard. This awesome mask from Beardo should intimidate your competition and stop your skin from feeling roar (apologies).

Price: $19.99 USD

WhiSki Poles Ski Pole Flask

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WhiSki pole flask

Carving fresh powder is thirsty work. With this innovative flask, you always have refreshment close at hand. You simply unscrew the top of the pole to reveal the hidden liquor.

Price: $129 USD

Wolffepack Summit Snowsports & Access Backpack

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Wolffepack Summit backpack

If you plan to stick to the piste, this backpack will better fit your needs. The Summit has a special orbital system that allows you to hang the pack on your front. This makes it easier to ride on chairlifts and access the contents of your bag.

Price: $196 USD

Domio Helmet Audio Device

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Domio helmet audio

This amazing device turns your helmet into a Bluetooth speaker. Vibro-Audio sound technology delivers a full surround sound experience, and you can even answer calls while you carve a line.

Price: $129 USD

The best skiing and snowboarding gear

Whether you’re brand new to snowsports or a mountain veteran, these products should improve your adventures on snow this winter season.

What’s your favorite skiing and snowboarding gear? Leave your tips in the comments!

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Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.

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