Tahoe-Truckee shopping: Holiday gear gift ideas for women
NORTH TAHOE-TRUCKEE — As another winter falls from the sky — and the holiday season approaches — you may want to add a few upgrades to your equipment closet.
Whether you’re sledding, snowshoeing or snowboarding, this year’s round of gear will surely keep you warm, dry and happy on Tahoe’s chilliest days.
Check below for five holiday gear gift options for the women in your life. Look to SierraSun.com next week for guy gift ideas:
1. anon. Galena Helmet
Helmets aren’t just for safety anymore. They’re also functional and good looking. Most helmets are now headphone compatible, super warm and really lightweight. Anon.’s latest offering is tailored specifically to women. Features include a Boa fit system, a Fidlock buckle that’s easily snapped even with gloves on and a goggle ventilation channel.
Available: Start Haus, Truckee, 530-582-5781
2. Coalition Queen Bee 151
The Reno-based company strives to “make women’s gear that doesn’t suck.” And, so far, they’ve been doing just that. With a slew of hard-charging women on their skis and boards, Coalition is nailing down a really good reputation. The Queen Bee features a twin-tip shape, full birch core and traditional camber.
3. Burton Toaster Snowboard Boot Liner
A first of its kind, Burton’s new boot liner has a built in heater that’s charged via a USB connection. It’s compatible with any adult Burton boot. The low-profile warmer will last between four and eight hours on a single charge. Say goodbye to frozen toes and early-ending pow days.
Available: Burton Store, Northstar California, 530-562-8014
4. Yeti Hopper Flip 12
Gourmet skiers and riders will likely want to avoid the typical lodge fare. There’s nothing wrong with bringing your own lunch to the mountain, but you’ll need a decent carrying case. The rugged Yeti hopper can be tossed into the back of a pickup and it’s the perfect size for four courses and a few beers.
Available: Mountain Hardware & Sports, Truckee, 530-587-4844
5. Backcountry Access Snow Study Kit
Whether you’re bootpacking up Jake’s Peak or traversing the backside of Kirkwood, it can’t hurt to know more about the stuff you’re riding. Snow science is evolving and becoming increasingly accessible to everyone. With BCA’s basic kit, you can get a handle on avalanche danger, slope angle or snowball quality.
Available: Alpenglow Sports, Tahoe City, 530-583-6917
Dylan Silver is a Lake Tahoe-based freelance writer and photographer. Visit dylansilver.com to learn more.