There’s no better feeling than strapping on a new board, lacing up fresh boots, or rocking crisp new outerwear when you’re out the mountain. Owning gear you love can lead to progression because its comfort and durability allows you to ski or ride longer, harder, and may even motivate you to try new moves on the mountain.
With the winter season and holidays upon us, there’s no better time than now to get your ski or snowboard set-up dialed in. We’ve scoured magazine gear guides, product reviews and online testaments to compile our favorite hard-goods, boots, outerwear, and accessories of the season. The products we chose rank highest among pros, industry elite, and magazine editors.
New gear is always a great gift, so have a look at our top picks and add these items to your holiday wish list. Maybe, just maybe, Santa will surprise you with a sweet new set-up this season.
Top ski and snowboard picks of the season:
Ride: OMG *GrindTV Editor Pick
Style: Park, Pipe, Freeride
This Hybrid Twin stance snowboard is versatile and stable. It combines camber and rocker technology, meaning it’s built to go big without the fear of washing out at high speeds. The women’s OMG snowboard is ideal for skilled freestyle riders who require a playful feel and true landing control. This is Hana Beaman’s board of choice and the deck she will be riding all season long. This is also a GrindTV editor pick– the best overall women’s board this season.
Burton: Deja Vu Flying V
Style: Park, Pipe, Freestyle
This relaxed-board option gives you the versatility of Burton’s Flying V’s rocker/camber technology, which makes it fun in all conditions. The playful design allows you to float in powder, provides easy handling, and allows you to lock in turns in hard conditions and rough-packed snow. This board is fun in the park, and is Burton’s Gabi Viteri’s go-to.
Style: Park, Pipe, All-Mountain
This ski is the perfect balance between a hard-charging powder ski and an all mountain destroyer thanks to its all-terrain construction. Whether you like to ski first-chair freshies, blast through the bumps, or rally though groomers, the MissBehaved skis are awesome in any terrain on the mountain.
Style: Powder, Backcountry
The Blizzard Samba skis have answered the demand of hardcore women skiers looking for a stiff and strong women’s-specific ski. These skis are perfect for women who are looking to drop the rope, ski the steep and deep, and need a durable ski in backcountry conditions.
Stye: Freeride, Park, Pipe, Powder
The Burton Custom is has been around for numerous years and continues to be the go-to board for the masses. New technology makes this board fun, poppy, and ridable in any situation. It’s available in two versions–the stiff camber version, which is pro snowboarder Nicolas Mueller’s choice, or the hybrid Flying V option, which is more playful and is Burton rider Mikkel Bang’s choice.
Stye: All-Mountain, Park, Pipe, Powder
This all-mountain board destroys all terrain, floats in the backcountry, and gives you pristine control in the park. Its soft core allows for easy maneuverability anywhere on the mountain. It also provides lots of pop when in the park, and necessary control when in the pipe.
Stye: Freeride, Powder, Pipe, Park
Armada’s JJ is known as the most versatile powder ski on the market. The JJ is constructed with Freeride Rocker technology, which means it dominates in deep powder and hard-packed snow. It also fast edge-to-edge, making it the perfect choice for anywhere on the mountain.
Stye: Freeride, Powder, Park
The Sickle is a fully rockered freestyle ski that is great in the backcountry and in the park. It’s versatile and allows you to ski confidently in rough conditions and in powder.