For me, there’s nothing quite like skiing or riding with other women. My girlfriends offer motivation, inspiration, and camaraderie that I just can’t get anywhere else. And Sun Valley is the place for women to shred, whether it is with one of the specialty programs, a great clinic, or just because. This week, I had the opportunity to connect with a group of terrific women mountain enthusiasts as part of the popular DIVAS program. DIVAS, or the Die Incredible Vimin Alpine Shredders, is for intermediate to advanced women...
Even though most of us won't readily admit it, we each secretly wish that the gifts we give out for Christmas are the best, the most memorable, the ones they'll be talking about after too many glasses of eggnog for years to come.
In an attempt to find a handful of such gifts, my trusty research assistant and I wandered around the Sun Valley Village earlier this week. Our very first stop yielded some holiday gift gold.
"The Heated Boot Bag is the kind of thing you're talking about," Susan Savage of Pete Lane's Mountain Sports said. "I gave one to my husband last year and in 36 years of marriage he said it's been his favorite gift."
Made by Ski Gear U.S., the Heated Boot Bags can fit either ski or snowboard boots and using some kind of patent pending mad science they can somehow dry out and warm up your boots. They'll even plug into your car—although they don't dry as well that way. It's no wonder that everyone from professional ski races to local husbands are big fans.
Sure, you probably have a friend or two with a Go Pro camera. But you probably don't know many versions of man's best friend that have one. That's right, thanks to Go Pro's new canine harness you can now see life from your dog's point of view.
"They can come in handy if you want to see what kind of trouble your dog is getting into," Susan joked. If you want to pick up a Go Pro or add any bells and whistles to one you already own, Pete Lane's has got you covered.
Properly covering up is the key to enjoying winter in Idaho and when asked if there's anything hot and new in the clothing department, Susan showed us the SKHoop skirts. Made buy a Scandinavian company, the "original insulated skirts" are made with down and are like puffy jackets for the lower half—or quarter. The mini skirts offer the "perfect mountain lifestyle look" and are great for covering up and keeping your tushy warm on the way to gym or can be worn to dress up for dinner, Susan said.
On the subject of bottoms, Lucky Bum offers all kinds of cool recreational gifts for kids. From sleds and toboggans to snowball makers and kid's snowshoes that actually work, there is something to make any kid enjoy playing in the snow. Heck, I literally had to pry the Wooden Heirloom Snowboard from my research assistant's little hands.
While the Model Gondola Ski Lift over at Sun Valley Signature & Gift Shop is little in size, it's pretty huge on the "Wow Factor."
Made in a small Austria town about the size of Ketchum, the slogan for Jaegerndorfer is "Reality brought to life in model form." The world's first scaled model gondola ski set offers stunning detail. The gondolas themselves, which have working doors and can fit little skiers and boarders, also make great ornaments and you can even collect gondolas from some of your other favorite ski resorts.
But just like the holidays themselves, the model gondolas are limited in availability. So get your gift to remember early, and then enjoy the count down to the opening of the best Christmas gifts ever!
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