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Skier's Christmas list 2011

Whether you are writing a list of presents to buy or writing your own Christmas list, we thought a little inspiration might help. We asked our Ski team what they were hoping to find in their oversized stockings on 25 December. This is what they said...

ABS Airbag Vario system – airbag technology is now a well-proven lifesaver in avalanches. The ABS system allows you to buy a single “base unit” and multiple rucksacks so that you can take it with you whether you are needing a 40 litre pack for touring kit for several days of just a 15 litre pack for a shovel and probe. More >>

Patagonia Women’s Super Alpine Jacket – This Gore Tex jacket will keep you warm and dry in the worst Alpine conditions but even better; it comes in Magenta, this season’s ‘must have’ color. And because it’s by Patagonia, it’s eco friendly. More >>

GoPro Hero Camera – great value and robust, GoPro cameras leave the opposition behind and can be used to capture the firsthand action in almost any action sport from skiing to surfing and mountain biking. Robust, waterproof and with a range of mounts, these cameras enable you to relive those powder days in HD quality. More >>

North Face Etip Gloves – A brilliant idea, these North Face gloves are iPod/iPhone friendly so the fingertip will allow you to text or change the tune without risking frostbite! More >> 

Val d’Isère & Tignes Hors Pistes (Off-Piste) book – we have used this book for years and it offers a pretty exhaustive list of the off-piste runs in the Espace Killy. From short traverses from the main lifts to longer hikes, this will keep the most hardened off-piste skier busy for years. More >> 

Salomon Enduro XT 850 skis – Europe’s lean winter in 2010/11 meant that all those who succumbed to the trend of ever wider and longer skis really struggled to enjoy the conditions. While we are the first to advocate a bigger ski when the fresh powder does arrive, the reality is that 90% of our skiing is done on-piste or in “variable terrain” and Salomon’s Enduro XT850 is the business for this kind of everyday skiing in any conditions all over the mountain. More >>

A private lesson – anyone will benefit from a lesson no matter what their standard, especially when conditions are more challenging. Three hours with a good instructor should leave you with plenty to work on for the rest of your season and skiing is so much more rewarding once you have found your feet. Prices start from €160 for 2 ½ hours. More >>

Fitted ski boots – ski boot technology has taken a quantum leap forward in the last few years and painful feet and cold toes should be a thing of the past. Having your feet biomechanically analysed and your boot fitted accordingly doesn’t come cheap but if it makes skiing a pleasure, the value for money is immeasurable. More >>

Fischer Koa 88 women’s skis – these female specific skis will have you tearing up the mountain on and off piste and what’s more, they match the Patagonia jacket above! More >> 

Pro-Tec Von Zipper helmet – Pro-Tec and Von Zipper have teamed up to produce their most high tech helmet to date. It has Plantronic Audio Force Technology integrated to allow you to listen to music and even regulate the volume and mute with gloved hands. More >>

The Go Go Bag from Merino Kids - a 100% natural sleep bag made from pure merino wool inside with the finest cotton outer. Great to travel in during the flights and transfers, and then ideal for keeping little ones warm in the mountains. More >>

Happy Christmas!

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