Nicole Birkhold’s Wishlist

Nicole Birkhold’s Wishlist

“What I want is something that looks good. What I need is versatile, high-performance, technologically advanced gear. Here’s what I chose for this season on the snow.”

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Skis


Product: Rossignol BC110W
Price: $700
Description: “This ski crushes. Its unique shape allows it to float, shimmy and carve with equal competence. And I can’t get over the graphics. Caia Koopman is so talented.”

Skis


Product: K2 Missdemeanor
Price: $625
Description: “The very first pair of twin tips I ever bought when I ditched gate chasing was the first ever Missdemeanor with the graphics of the little girl terrorizing the bathroom. The model has seen many innovations over the past six years, allowing it to remain at the top of the game, which is why I still use them.”

Boots


Product: Dalbello KR Lotus
Price: $625
Description: “I went to a three-piece boot two years ago and there is no going back for me. The comfort and performance of the Dalbello Lotus is unparalleled. And with a custom Intuition liner adding to the comfort factor, it’s a toss up between my flip-flops or my boots on any given day.”

Jacket


Product: Orage Bala Jacket
Price: $300
Description: “The Kaya Turski pro model kit from Orage caught my eye when I first saw it at SIA in January and the attraction has only grown deeper as I’ve worn it since then. My favorite part is the hem of the jacket. The black and white stripes are not what you would expect at the bottom of a tweed jacket and I love that. I also adore the buttons on the jacket and down the sides of the pants.”

Pants


Product: Orage Biloxi Pants
Price: $200
Description: “The Kaya Turski pro model kit from Orage caught my eye when I first saw it at SIA in January and the attraction has only grown deeper as I’ve worn it since then. My favorite part is the hem of the jacket. The black and white stripes are not what you would expect at the bottom of a tweed jacket and I love that. I also adore the buttons on the jacket and down the sides of the pants.”

Goggles


Product: OSmith I/Os
Price: $165
Description: “Never have I ever changed the lenses on my goggles. I suffered through sunny days in yellow lenses and cloudy days with the fire lens. Not any more. The I/OS makes changing lenses a cinch and they come in so many tints, I’ll always be able to find a match.”

Sunglasses


Product: Smith Scientist
Price: $180
Description: “Smith’s new Scientist has the trendy retro-hipster look that is all the rage. But the magic lies in the optically superior glass lenses. Glass allows your vision to be as precise as possible.”

Gloves


Product: Dakine Firebird Mitt
Price: $70
Description: “Much to the dismay of girls everywhere, Dakine discontinued its Targa mitt this season. To the glee of those same girls, the company introduced the Firebird mitt, which is just as warm and adds more flair.”

Backpack


Product: Dakine Alpine Pack
Price: $45
Description: “The new Alpine pack is perfect for on-piste adventures. It has a helmet carry, an easily accessed water bottle pocket for hydrating on the lift and is super low profi le. When going on bootpacks, the Alpine is the perfect combination of functionality and ease.”

Bindings


Product: Salomon STH 14
Price: $305
Description: “Salomon has been a leader in the binding game for as long as I can remember, and that’s saying a lot; I’m old. But because I’m never worried about the binding’s quality, I’ve stuck with them just as long.”

Pole


Product: Swix Weapon
Price: $49
Description: “Lightweight, good grips and cute. Swix is at the top of the pole game.”

Accessory 1


Product: Tecnica Moonboot
Price: $160
Description: “The warmest things going for footwear are undeniably the tried and true Tecnica Moonboot. And when they’re pink, it’s a win.” [ed. note: they come in all sorts of other colors, too. We know Shiny pink isn’t for everyone.]

Accessory 2


Product: New Era Dog Ear Cap
Price: $45
Description: “I love Detroit and everything Detroit related. The warm wool over the ears of this Tigers cap is key when watching night pipe comps, while supporting my home team.”

Accessory 3


Product: Opedix S1 Tights
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Price: $190
Description: “Normally, I say fashion over function. But with two reconstructed knees to worry about, sometimes you have to make a sacrifice. And for me, the S1 tights from Opedix are totally worth it. The special support fabric that surrounds the knee acts like a traditional un-loading brace. They’re comfortable and give me the confi dence I need when pushing my fragile knees to the limit.”


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