As the holidays are right around the corner, we’ve been working hard this season to put together a list of what the nordic skier – or simply an outdoor nut – in your life would really love to find wrapped up with a bow this holiday season!


Skida Nordic HatBased in VT and made in the USA, The Nordic Hat, and Tour Bandana are our picks from Skida Headwear and accessories this season.  The Nordic Hat aka the original Skida design is made from a lightweight poly-blend fabric is breathable and moisture wicking, keeping your head comfortably warm and dry while skiing. The Tour Neckwarmer is made from a super comfy brushed thermal fabric that is soft on one side and features a bold print on the other. At $30 and $20 respectively these made great gifts for all of your outdoor enthusiast friends and the perfect little thing to stuff in the toe of a stocking.


The Women’s Divide Crew and Men’s Divide Tee LS is an incredibly lightweight, versatile performance piece great for layering no matter Stio Baselayerhow cold or warm a winter day. The shirt is made with drirelease, a lightweight poly/cotton blend that wicks moisture, and dries 4X faster than cotton and the FreshGuard technology neutralizes odor so you can wear it from dawn to dusk (though at their current on sale low price point we recommend buying a few so you have a dry one to change into after a workout). [SHOP STIO]


KleenKanteenThe Klean Kanteen insulated 10oz and 20oz water bottles are our new favorite vessel for bringing along a bit of hot liquid on an outdoor adventure.  They fit perfectly in most nordic ski specific water bottle carriers and have a loop in the lid for clipping on to secure.  The double-walled stainless steel bottle insulates and keeps your beverage both piping hot and free of any funky tastes. Whether you prefer tea, coffee or cocoa as a belly warmer when you are out braving the cold, this bottle will keep it piping hot for hours. [SHOP KLEAN KANTEEN AT REI]







Ibex designed the Kilometer Glove for highly active winter endeavors like Nordic skiing, trail running, and speedy snowshoeing. Its uniqueIbex Gloves blend shields your skin from winter’s weather, while leather overlays ensure long-lasting durability. Ibex also added a synthetic suede palm grip to give you a good grip on your poles.  The wool rib knit cuff is long enough to tuck in or pull over the cuff of your jacket and nice and soft to keep you comfortable and warm.  These gloves are durable, practical and will keep your fingers nice and toasty! [SHOP IBEX KILOMETER GLOVES AT BACKCOUNTRY]


STIK Bliss BandIf you are into supporting made in the U.S.A. products and supporting small businesses Sh*t That I Knit is the brand to check out.  Handknit by some rad chicks out of New England, this 100% Peruvian wool headband is a perfect après ski headpiece to continue to keep your head warm post ski and keep you looking fresh throughout your day.  There is nothing worse than post ski hat head and a cold noggin.  The Bliss Band is super soft (and I mean SUPER SOFT) and comes in a variety of rich colors to compliment your outdoor apparel. [SHOP STIK]


The T77 Waxing Iron from Swix is a great economy iron which is competitive with far more expensive models but for half the price.Swix Iron  Owning your own waxing iron is great because you can take better care of your skis, make them super fast in any condition and not have to pay someone else to do it for you. Redesigned from scratch with an ergonomic body and a wide metal plate that suits both alpine, snowboard and nordic skis at only $59 this iron is perfect for any skiier who wants to wax their own skis regardless of their level. [SHOP SWIX AT AMAZON]


Swix Gunde HatThe Gunde ski hat was first launched in 1974 and was done as a marketing idea as the color rings around the hat represented the existing colored waxes in their ski wax line at that time. The Gunde hat is made of 70% Acrylic and 30% wool making it warm, quick dry and not too itchy – perfect for getting your sweat on and keeping your ears warm. The retro design of this hat is recognizable by any Nordic skiing fan, thus making it a perfect Christmas gift for any skier whether new or old to the xc ski world. [SHOP SWIX GUNDE BEANIE AT BACKCOUNTRY]


Dale of Norway offers all that is historical, and classic about Nordic skiing and is known for its gorgeous fair isle sweaters.  If you wantDale of Norway Hat that timeless style to play a role in your nordic workout outfit, the Rondane hat is perfect.  Made from a machine washable skinsoft ultrafine Merino wool for ultimate comfort, breathability and insulation against cold temperatures.  This technical “skull cap” style hat is great for cross country skiing, and also fits well under a ski or snowboard helmet making it super versatile. [SHOP DALE OF NORWAY ON AMAZON]


Ibex TankNever underestimate a sleeveless merino wool top. Period.  The Racerback Woolies 1 for women and Sleeveless Woolies 1 for men are necessities not only for any cross country skier’s wardrobe but for every outdoor athlete ever.  This merino wool top is a perfect core warming shield and an excellent baselayer regardless of the temperature outside. The torso runs a bit long which is perfect for tucking in to your pants and as will all of Ibex’s woolies this top just gets softer and better with age. [SHOP IBEX AT BACKCOUNTRY]


There is nothing better after a long, cold day of skiing than coming home and slipping my frosty toes into a pair of slippers. These slipperAcorn Slipper Socks socks feature a lofty Acorn memory-foam midsole over a comfort cushion layer of featherweight EVA to protect your feet from chilly floor surfaces.  The full-grain leather sidewall and suede leather outsoles offer durability and the ragg wool-blend or hypoallergenic cotton keep the top of your feet nice and toasty warm.  These also fold up pretty small so you can bring them with you on your winter ski weekends away from home. [SHOP ACORN SLIPPER SOCKS AT ZAPPOS]




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