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You don’t know the half of it

Venture's new splitboard morphs from a snowboard to skis in minutes.

Author Jacqueline Detwiler Photography Claire Benoist

For a snowboarder who loves to carve long, surfy turns through a backcountry powder paradise, there have long been exactly two options: Shell out for a snowmobile, or strap your board to your back and walk, all the while seething with envy as skiers happily ascend the mountain cross-country style without any extra equipment. The splitboard changes all that by transitioning easily between skis and snowboard with a flip of a few clips, so snowboarders can join in the fun of trekking uphill. Skiers, you look good in green.

Venture Zephyr Splitboard
$895 / www.venturesnowboards.com

HARD-HEADED

Giro’s Remedy S CF carbon fiber helmet can protect your noggin from even the gnarliest of spills. $270 / www.giro.com

ON TRACK

Like fish stories, ski stories are rarely believed—unless your HD helmet cam also records location, speed and altitude. $350 / www.contour.com

HOT LITTLE HANDS

No, Columbia’s Mountain Guard gloves are not jazz hands. Those little silver dots reflect heat to keep your fingers toasty. $90 / www.columbia.com

STEADY AS IT GOES

Tire tread–inspired soles on Cole Haan and Nike’s Air Vail Winter Boots keep you upright, no matter how hard you après-ski. $198 / www.colehaan.com

DOUBLE VISION

Skiing in the dark is fun only at night. On cloudy days, trade your mirrored lenses for clear ones on the Smith Optics I/OS goggles. $165 / www.smithoptics.com

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