Winter Ski and Snowboarding Gear

The ultimate guide to the season's most necessary high-tech and ultra-chic essentials—from boards to boots, goggles to gloves, for both men and women.

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As the weather outside turns frightful, our thoughts turn to where crazy conditions manifest best: the ski slope. With help from our equipment advisor Cory, at Lake Placid Ski and Board in Upstate New York, we gathered the best winter sports equipment you’ll need on the piste and in the lodge this year. Our testing ground was Whiteface Mountain (affectionately known as Iceface). Home of two winter Olympics, Whiteface is a multiple personality mountain where conditions range from perfectly groomed snow to blue ice, and weather that includes warm rain, howling 50 mile-per-hour winds, and sub-zero temperatures—sometimes all in one day. On our recent testing trip, we experienced all those and then some, giving us the opportunity to test our gear under the most adverse (and most wonderful) conditions we could ask for. Read on for the most functional (and fashionable) attire to keep you cozy on the hill and comfortable at après. Whether you prefer to cruise the groomers or tour the backcountry we’ve got everything you’ll need to stay warm, dry, and ready to hit the slopes this season.

For more on how to tackle winter, see the DEPARTURES Guide to Snow + Ice »