Stocking Stuffer Gifts For Backcountry Skiers


Backcountry skiing is a gear intensive sport. Ski touring, mountaineering, and powder laps in the mountains require reliable gear, warm clothes, calorie dense snacks, snow tools, and so much more. If you know someone who’s into skiing, there are so many awesome options for backcountry stocking stuffers.

Need a useful, functional, practical, or fun gift for your favorite skier or rider? Here are a few stocking stuffers for backcountry skiers that will be a real hit.

  • Voile Straps – Every skier needs a few orange ski straps with metal clips. These gems can be used for fixing broken boot buckles, tying down broken ski racks, fixing a frustrating skin, or building a rescue sled. They come in a variety of lengths, but 18′ and 24″ seem to be the most versatile.

    Voile Straps
    Voile Straps
  • Brooks-Range Field Organizer Most backcountry fans document snow, weather, and other activities. Help them stay organized with this handy field book organizer.
  • Marmot Exum Guide Glove – Warm hands are a must in the mountains. The Marmot Exum Guide Gloves are a great mix of warmth and dexterity.
Marmot Exum Guide Gloves
Marmot Exum Guide Gloves
  • Brooks Range Ski Guide Card – These cards are sweet! Pretty much everything you need to know about the backcountry is listed on these cards. Read them and enjoy.
  • Darn Tough Ski Socks – I don’t know anyone that skis without socks. Why not stock up with some of the best socks on the market from Darn Tough?
  • Go Pro – It didn’t really happen if it didn’t get caught on GoPro. These super compact cameras film everything in HD.
  • Buff – Buffs provide versatile face warmth. From balaclava to neck warm to headband to Pirate style, a buff does it all.
  • Brooks Range Snow Crystal Card – If you’ve never looked at snow crystals up close, a crystal card will help you see what’s there.
  • Pieps 30 Degree Plus – This handy gadget straps onto your pole and instantly can measure slope angle. It’s never been easier to see how steep a slope you’re about to ski.
Pieps 30 Degree Plus
Pieps 30 Degree Plus
  • Leatherman Sidekick Multi-tool – A handy, 7 ounce multitool can be a real life saver. You can use it to fix bindings, tighten screws, or cut branches for a fire. It’s a good idea to carry this everywhere you go.
  • Backcountry Access Analog Thermometer – How cold is it? With an analog thermometer you’ll know what the temp of the air or snow is quickly and accurately.
  • Black Diamond Couloir Harness – For ski mountaineers, this tiny harness is one of the best options. It packs into nothing, but provides big safety when your lowering into a skinny couloir.
Black Diamond Couloir Harness
Black Diamond Couloir Harness
  • ProBar Meal Bar – Eating in the skin track or on the peak is mandatory for success. Pack a few of these calorie dense bars and you’ll feel energized all day.
  • Clif Shot Energy Gel – When you need a boost on the go, take a shot. Clif Shots are a quick way to top off the energy tank.
  • Trucker Hat – Whether skinning in or heading to the bar, trucker hats are a stylish option to block some sun and let your head breath.
  • Gorilla Tape – No backcountry skier is ready with out some Gorilla Tape in the pack or on the pole. This stuff serves the same purpose as duct tape, but it’s burlier. And it doesn’t rot.
gorilla tape
Gorilla Tape
  • Smith Touchstone Sunglasses – Snow can be blinding. Protective eyewear is absolutely necessary at all times in the mountains. Plus these sunnies make everything look really cool.
  • Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp – If you’ve ever been on an epic mission where you don’t return until after dark, you know the value of having that trusty headlamp in your pack.
Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp
Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp
  • Books – A good book is a hard thing to pass up, especially when they teach you the skills you need to have fun. A couple of our favorites are Allen & Mike’s Avalanche Book by Allen O’Bannon & Mike Clelland and Backcountry Skiing by Martin Volken.
  • Guidebooks – It’s good to know where you’re going and what you’re getting into in the mountains. Some of the best adventurers have written classic guidebooks that help you find the goods. One of our favorites is Backcounty Ski and Snowboard Routes: Washington By Martin Volken, but you can find a book specific to nearly every region.
Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes Washington Volken
Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes Washington

Now that you know what to shop for backcountry gear over to Backcountry, REI, Moosejaw, BentGate, or MountainGear to get the goods. Happy Holidays!