PHOTOS: Chris Wellhausen
After exploring the mountains, find a cool place to kick back and relax. Relaxing in winter requires warm clothing, confidence that gear is secure, and of course, good company. With these things on-hand, the feeling of kicking your feet up comes second only to the fun had on-hill.
VOLCOM ROUGHINGTON GORE-TEX ($189)
Get your kicks in Terje Haakonsen’s winter rompers. Durable nylon and leather combine with breathable Gore-Tex waterproofing to keep riders’ feet dry without overheating. The outer material is rugged but not stiff, so mobility isn’t sacrificed in cold weather. It’s a hiking boot comfortable and stylish enough for everyday wear.
HOLDEN PERFORMANCE ZIP HOODY ($120)
High-end fleece with wicking properties make this wickedly comfortable hoody a great top in mild weather or a solid midlayer on cold days. It dries quickly, so no need to fret when wet, and a media port in the chest pocket routes audio straight to the dome.
YETI TUNDRA 45 ($350)
This 45-liter cooler could roll down a granite slab and only the cans that fit inside would be shaken up. Durable rope handles and a UV-resistant shell add robust haul-ability. Pressurized polyurethane, a rubber lid gasket and thick walls keep ice icy.
SALOMON VILLIAN ($470)
With multiple Good Wood awards, the Villain has established itself as a well-rounded, twin-tip park board with medium flex. It’ll pretty much do anything freestyle. A flat center profile transitions to camber underfoot with rocker at the tips, giving it power and control with enough lift to avoid hang-ups.
DAKINE LOW ROLLER ($130)
The minimalist board bag much of the TWSNOW staff travels with comes in three lengths: 157, 165 and 175 cm. Each pocket will hold a pair of boots plus some, and padding protects your gear on all sides. Zippers lock shut to heighten protection from more than just the elements, and three sturdy handles plus wheels resist wear and tear when there’s a lot of ground to cover.
ADIDAS BLAUVELT BOOT ($375)
Jake Blauvelt needs boots to support his aggressive, all-mountain flare. The tall height and stiff flex of the shell does just that, while the heat-moldable liner and EVA midsole combine to provide great board feel and impact absorption. Dual Zone Speed Lacing independently locks down the top and bottom foot, and a rubber outsole provides traction when hiking.
RUMPL HI FIVES DOWN BLANKET ($99)
The High Fives Foundation provides resources for action sports athletes with life-altering injuries, and five percent of proceeds from this blanket as comfortable as your favorite puffy benefit the cause. The water-resistant ripstop fabric will survive scrapes wherever you decide to post up, and hollow fiber insulation will warm up any chill session.
OAKLEY RATTLER VEST ($150)
Wear this 600-fill power down vest as a standalone puffy while riding or double-up under a shell when expecting freezing temps, then slip it on over a shirt or blouse for nights on the town. The tear-resistant, water-repellant outer can withstand encounters with nature and winter weather, and the hood cinches down to protect the head and neck from wind blasts.
RALSTON SNOWSKATE ($199)
You wouldn’t hang out in a parking lot without a skateboard, so why hang roadside without a snowskate? Keep a Ralston in the trunk for roadside sessions once the lifts have stopped spinning.