Killing time on the chairlift

Mammoth Mountain Opening Day 2012-2013

Photo: Hondo

It’s a free ride up the mountain, the fastest mortal way to transport to the top of a peak, and a great way to meet new people and talk about gear, weather, zones, etc. But it can also be a pain in the ass paying for passes, waiting in lines, making small talk with idiots, the list goes on. If you’re not riding with homeys, sometimes you just want to tune out and be invisible until you can get off. Here are a few toys that can make the ride more bearable.

 

Celtek Lira Gloves ($100)

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I f—king love Instagram. That's right, I'll admit it. With the touch screen tech in these gloves I can stay grammin' 24/7. It can be a blizzard, pouring rain, or even hailing. With these bad boys on I can be double tappin' 'til my heart's content. —Hondo

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Nixon Micro Blaster Earphone ($100)

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Perfect fit, premium sound and a cool custom look. That's what these high-end earphones are all about. They have finely tuned acoustics and over-the-ear cabling so they stay snug, no matter how hard you shred you won't miss a beat. —BG

Airhole Airtube ($25)

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Wearing a facemask usually sucks. You can't breathe, your goggles fog up, and usually you look like an idiot. With this piece none of that happens. You can breathe, your goggles stay nice and crisp, and you look like a down ass G. —Hondo

Burton The Kit ($25)

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I've heard tales of Ranquet rolling up one handed—right up the side of his face in a storm on the chair at Mt. Baker. If you haven't quite perfected that technique, then this kit can at least keep your inspirational shrubs organized for easy access. —BG