Our robust Resort Guide is now available on newsstands. It ranks North America’s top resorts and provides insider tips for those looking to accrue some frequent flyer miles or tack on some miles to the odometer this year. In addition to heaps of travel nuggets, we also highlight some of the year’s best gear in a brand-new feature we’re calling “Gear Up,” and the Resort Guide version, featuring gear from Orage, K2, BCA and Wend, is available below for your perusal. Check it out now and stay tuned to freeskier.com in the coming months for more gear than you can handle.
1. Alaskan jacket
Orage | $400
The Orage Alaskan jacket has been the cornerstone of Orage’s collection for close to a decade, and it’s still going strong. With features such as a fog-free placket, insulated media pocket, cell phone leash and Survivor Orange interior sleeves, this jacket is the one to have this winter.
2. Jasmine jacket
Orage | $500
The Orage Jasmine Women’s Jacket is the apex in Orage’s women’s collection. It has all the bells and whistles you could ask for: fog free placket, insulated media pocket, cell phone leash and Survivor Orange interior sleeves. The Jasmine jacket will keep you warm and dry but most importantly, it will have you looking better than everybody around you.
3. Pinnacle 95 ski
K2 | $850
Offered in a universal waist width for all snow conditions, the K2 Pinnacle 95 incorporates the new K2 Konic Technology; this includes a high performance, lightweight Nanolite center core for added ease and control, with a wood core and metal laminate along the perimeter of the ski to engage all the power, strength and stability needed.
4. Float 8
BCA | $450
Finally, an affordable airbag pack that’s easy to travel with and won’t cramp your style. The Backcountry Access Float 8 Airbag is BCA’s clean, low-profile airbag for riding chairs, trams, sleds, cats and helis. It utilizes compressed air, includes a hydration sleeve and is compatible with BCA’s BC Link™ radios. Anchor points also allow you to carry skis, boards and helmets.
5. Liquid Juice
WEND | $24
Cleaner, conditioner and wax all in one, WEND Liquid Juice is ideal for waxes between tune-ups or a quick on-hill wax when traveling without an iron. It’s available in warm, mid, cold and universal options for ideal results every time.