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We asked six skiers from our Powder7 team – three guys, three women – what they would love to receive for Valentine’s Day. After a brief frenzy of gear in our warehouse and a fun photo shoot in the shop, our 2017 Skier’s Guide to Valentine’s Day was born. Here’s what three of the Powder7 guys picked. If you’re shopping for a woman, you can find our women’s guide here.

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Mike, Keagan, and Andy show off their top choices for Valentine’s Day.

Mike’s Picks

About Mike: Upstate NY native / 2nd season @ Powder7 / former ski racer / freeride skier

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1. “Affordable and Gore-Tex generally do not go hand in hand, but the Armada Chapter Jacket has been designed to break those barriers. Technically sound, with breathable and waterproof Gore-Tex membrane. Sporting a free-ride fit this jacket is both practical and stylish, and a perfect gift for a Valentine you want to stay dry and warm on the gnarliest days on the hill.” [Armada Chapter Jacket in Burgundy – $300]

2. “Seeing is believing and the Zeiss lens wrapped around the POC Fovea is crystal clear with no distortion. When the weather gets rough there is an additional lens right in the box that is easily swapped out for flat light conditions. These goggles will keep out the elements and let you focus in on the important people you are spending your season with.” [POC Fovea in Uranium Black – $180]

3. “No one enjoys cold hands, and the Hestra Fall Line Glove is tried and true as an industry staple for long days in the resort or backcountry. The brand new cork colorway is a nice natural look that matches just about any outerwear setup.”  [Hestra Fall Line Glove in Cork – $150]

4. “Who doesn’t want to be Candide? Arguably the best all-mountain skis for your Colorado free-ride fanatic, at 108 underfoot the Faction Candide 3.0 handles the whole mountain with ease. With enough practice maybe your special someone will be shutting down the internet with unreal video segments on their new Factions, just like the man himself.” [Faction Candide 3.0 – $829 also available as a used demo ski]


Keagan’s Picks

About Keagan: Upstate NY native / 2nd season @ Powder7 / professional slackliner / teleskier
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1. “I could really use some new Kohla skins. It’s time to go big in the backcountry and I’m tired of my old skins sticking together at inopportune moments. The future is now, Vacuum Base. Boom.”  [Kohla Tirol Vacuum Base Skins – $185]

2. “The Flylow Oven Mitt is for those sunny days when I’m riding hard all day, but still need a little extra something to stay warm. I’ll have no worries grabbing trees and branches when I’m ripping through the woods because of the rugged leather. It will easily become my do everything glove!” [Flylow Oven Mitt – $45]

3. “Who wouldn’t love a pair of the new Smith I/O ChromaPop Goggles for their improved vision and style all in one? It’s like skiing and looking through an Instagram filter while looking awesome, so that I can look great for Instagram. It’s a self perpetuating cycle of awesome.” [Smith I/O Goggles with ChromaPop lens – $210]

4. “I’m all about superior fabrics and bright colors when skiing: look good, feel good, ski good. With the Patagonia Reconnaissance Jacket in the lively Cusco Orange colorway, I’ll be easy to spot on the mountain no matter the terrain. An additional perk? I’ll be warm and dry from first to last chair, but not sweaty, thanks to Patagonia’s DWR finish and incredible weave.” [Patagonia Reconnaissance Jacket in Cusco Orange – $399]


Andy’s Picks

About Andy: Colorado native / 1st season @ Powder7 / geologist on hiatus / freeride skier
valentines-andy1. “So you want to show your Valentine that you get him, but don’t want to break the bank? Affordable and fashionable, the Keystone Beanie will allow him to represent his favorite ski mountain, no matter what wintry activity he’s enjoying. Not only will it keep his head warm, but it will also tame his embarrassing helmet hair after a long day of shredding.” [Keystone Beanie – $29 other mountains available]

2. “The Armada Gremlin Primaloft Hoody is a versatile jacket that can be used for layering, cruising the town, or just about any other activity – all while looking incredibly stylish in the process. The lightweight Primaloft insulation provides superior warmth making this the perfect active hoody.” [Armada Gremlin Primaloft Hoody – $144]

3. “The perfect gloves for someone with perpetually cold hands, the Astis Pike Gloves also hold up to a serious fashion game. All while bearing the flag of your favorite state, Colorado.” [Astis Pike Gloves (Mittens) – $195]

4.  “A great Valentine’s gift for someone who travels by plane or car to ski, the Dakine Padded Double Ski Bag features padding and compression straps will make sure the skis get there unharmed and ready to conquer the mountain. Plus, there’s room for two pairs.” [Dakine Padded Double Ski Bag – $115]

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