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Hello all,

My best friend is turning 50 and as an avid skier I wanted to get him a gift which is ski related.

Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks

K
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Gloves are always well received,
they dont take up much room, all sorts of budgets, can be used on other occasions.
Reseve a table in an Austrain restaurant.
When you buy one, you get one free.

Ski poles are also a good idea, but its hard to hide what they are when you wrap them.
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We may need more to go on. Some disposeable hand warmers for a couple of quid, or I believe the owners of Toggenburg Mountain resort may take offers around US$2.25m
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You can get the odd ski bubble/gondola now and again.

Too much?

Ski maps on underwear?
https://www.hopndown.com/en/les-gammes-hop-n-down/montagne/

Too risky?

There ski poles that double as hip flasks. Perfect.
https://www.whiskipoles.com
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Ok, just to narrow things down, was thinking of something up to £100…..as much as he’d like his own ski resort the budget won’t stretch that far!

He doesn’t have his own skis and even if I could afford that I am not sure he would want them.

I’m always quite nervous about getting things which are very personal taste, so clothing can be a bit tricky for instance
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ski pole hip flask. Leki and WhiSki do them - always wanted a pair myself.........
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An action camera?
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Unfortunately the likes of a GoPro are a little outside my budget
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Is he an off-piste skier? This opens up new areas for gifts (back-pack? skins? probe? shovel? harness? ice axe?)
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I like the More is More approach. Socks and neck buff from sportpursuit? Useful to all skiers, and you won't have the gloves vv mitts pondering.
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No, not off piste, definitely more on piste skier.

I was wondering whether booster straps might be a good idea? Don’t have any myself but they look interesting
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Really good quality thermals or socks, can never have too many socks.
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Quality Glove-Liners - heated if suffer cold hands

Neoprene Balaclava for cold weather

Extra Lens for Goggles / Goggle case

Ski Lock

Apres Ski Boots

Protectors for bottom of ski boots (prevent wear)

Leatherman Multi Tool

Ski Boot Dryer


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A ticket to the night race in Schladming. I mean, it might be an ‘incomplete’ present, but you could always offer to accompany him Cool
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Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
What about one of those retro ski resort posters of his favourite resort, framed?
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If they are avid, they already have what they need, and are probably particular about core equipment like socks and gloves and maybe everything. So I'll propose something I was late to acquire but now use often: category 4 sunglasses. There aren't very many, so choosing a look or fit won't be impossible like it would be for regular sunglasses. Mine are made by Julbo.
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Heated boot bag. Hard to find, his mates won't have one, branded ones are usually very expensive (c.£250) and sold out, incredibly useful.

Bootdoc make one for which Anything Technical are the UK importer: https://www.skiequipmentuk.co.uk/products/brands/bootdoc/bootdoc-heated-ski-products/ Price has gone up to £150 (was £100 when I bought mine only a year ago but Brexit/Putin/Truss etc... rolling eyes )

Looks like they've changed the shape of it slightly to the one I've got but there are several EU sites with the previous version at much lower prices so if you can find someone to ship to the UK it could be in your budget. Excellent present IMO! Madeye-Smiley
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@kosciosco, hip flask?
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I would avoid trying to pick suitable gloves, buff, socks, etc. I am sure we have all received similar gifts & thought what an unimaginative gift!
Most things are personal preference & would be difficult to buy something for £100 & getting it right. eg helmet or goggles. Need to be sized correctly.

Only other thing I can think of is a decent rucksack. A Dakine Heli for example.
https://www.snowandrock.com/p/dakine-heli-pack-12l-backpack-I4124340.html?colour=124

can be used for cycling as well as skiing if your friend does other activities. Also big enough to use as a laptop bag for commuting!
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Lozza1uk wrote:
What about one of those retro ski resort posters of his favourite resort, framed?

Out of the suggestion so far , I would appreciate this one the most.
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Jonny996 wrote:
Lozza1uk wrote:
What about one of those retro ski resort posters of his favourite resort, framed?

Out of the suggestion so far , I would appreciate this one the most.


We’ve got a few of this guys prints which are quite stylish
https://www.bungalowgraphics.com/charlie-adam/catalogue/art-prints-laminates.cc1001.en.html
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Get him a snowboarding lesson
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The Full Tilt or Intuition (originals were the same apart from the branding, but I think Intuition have new versions coming out this season) 'apres boots', made with the same foam as Intuition ski boot liners.

Trust me, they may look slightly ridiculous, but they are the most amazing thing to slip your feet into after a long day skiing or touring and the only skiers who don't know they need them are skiers who haven't tried them yet.

Couple of links but you're probably better of googling for sale prices in your location: https://www.tradeinn.com/snowinn?products_search%5Bquery%5D=full%20tilt%20apres&products_search%5BrefinementList%5D%5Bmarca%5D%5B0%5D=Full%20tilt & https://www.blue-tomato.com/de-AT/product/Full+Tilt-Apres+Bootie+1+0+Skischuhe-655094/
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@kosciosco, unless he already has one, a high quality lightweight (easily packable) gilet. I know its clothing, but you can't go far wrong with the sizes and it can be changed by return.
Any cash left over, a snowHeads buff in each pocket, in co-ordinating colours.

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How about a novelty item? If you know where your friend likes to ski and possibly even his favourite run-a piste marker?
https://www.snowshepherd.co.uk/epages/es122028.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/es122028/Categories/Gifts/Piste_Markers
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I got a Piste marker sign made up for a friend on their special birthday - I had his age as the number, and his favourite resort and run as the text. Lots available if you google it!
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-The last two trips I went on, I took some binoculars. These were great for looking around the resort and my buddies all had a play with them at some point. You can also get monoculars.
-A nice ski hat/beanie.
-Perhaps a rucksack with the above inside?
-Also +1 for the resort poster.
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Jonny996 wrote:
Lozza1uk wrote:
What about one of those retro ski resort posters of his favourite resort, framed?

Out of the suggestion so far , I would appreciate this one the most.



Or a Tube style poster?

https://www.frozenunderground.com/store/c8/Network_Maps.html
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Those full tilt apres boots are great. Don’t take mine off all winter. Last really well too.
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There are some nice posters that were done for the Swiss Railways in the 1950s, like 'Winter in Switzerland'. Something that refers to the country or a region might suit better than a specific resort if your friend doesn't have a favourite place they like to go. I'm sure there are ones for the likes of France, Austria and Italy. Swiss Railways also did one of 'VALAIS le pays du soleil' which would cover Verbier, Crans, Nendaz etc

I ordered both of these in print form and then got a local framer to make them up. We now have them in our Valais apartment. You could just order a quality print version on good paper and leave your friend to get them framed themselves. Frame choice can be a fairly personal thing and what you choose might not be what they'd prefer.
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I bought my husband a large (130 x 100 cm) geographical map of the Alps and all the ski resorts by Marmota Maps. He was was very pleased with it.
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We bought one of these tinplate double-black-diamond trail signs. It's personalised to include our surname. Very pleased with it - looks great on the wall with some other ski signs.




These lift system prints are very nice too. About 150 ski areas available, in various sizes of print.

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Does he have a "favourite" resort?

if you do a bit of searching you can often get a small replica gondola cabin in the style of one from a specific report, proper logo etc.

Its a awesome little desk ornament or I use ours as a christmas tree ornament.

https://www.seilbahnshop.com/en/jc-88553-omega-v-10-kohlmaisbahn.html
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Not a gift but got this cake topper for my husband last year. The cake is just a basic Asda plain iced sponge.

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Raceplate wrote:
Heated boot bag. Hard to find, his mates won't have one, branded ones are usually very expensive (c.£250) and sold out, incredibly useful.

Bootdoc make one for which Anything Technical are the UK importer: https://www.skiequipmentuk.co.uk/products/brands/bootdoc/bootdoc-heated-ski-products/ Price has gone up to £150 (was £100 when I bought mine only a year ago but Brexit/Putin/Truss etc... rolling eyes )

Looks like they've changed the shape of it slightly to the one I've got but there are several EU sites with the previous version at much lower prices so if you can find someone to ship to the UK it could be in your budget. Excellent present IMO! Madeye-Smiley
I fail to see the use in a heated bootbag? or am I missing something?
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I have rossignol b2 bandit 174 skis, poles and bindings for sale £100 the lot, bargain!
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biddpyat wrote:
I fail to see the use in a heated bootbag? or am I missing something?

They are useful if you are driving to skiing and will have a full car.

If I'm driving then I just put my boots in the passenger footwell, but couldn't do that if there was anyone else with me.
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biddpyat wrote:
I fail to see the use in a heated bootbag? or am I missing something?

Yes, you are. Four page thread on the benefits here: https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=91097 snowHead

If you've got tight boots, they're a lifesaver if you drive to resort but they're not just useful if you're driving, you can use them in your apartment, hotel room etc to have dry, easy to put on boots in the morning and dry them out thoroughly after skiing. Will also take gloves, helmet, buff etc to dry out. Boot heaters tend to warm the liner but not the shell, a boot bag does both but not to such a temperature that you risk any damage to custom insoles/liners which can happen with commercial heaters.

I used to put my shells on the radiator (not recommended) and my zipfits between the bars of my heated towel rail in the mornings, now I just turn the bag on when I get out of bed and the boots are super easy to put on a bit later.
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biddpyat wrote:
I fail to see the use in a heated bootbag? or am I missing something?


You are missing something Smile

I use mine every night to dry off the boots after skiing. My previous pair of boots were incredibly difficult to get on when cold, but much easier when warmed/dryed over night. I was advised not to use the hotel hot air dryers as they could potentially damage my Zipfit liner.

Also very handy if driving and putting on boots in a cold car park!
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Lego Technic Piste Basher. What 50 year old bloke doesn't want to be a big kid again? Madeye-Smiley Laughing
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