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