It’s that time of year again, snow is starting to fall, friends are sharing pictures of their first turns of the season while most of us are stuck in the office, and the closest to the mountains we can get is an online store looking at what new gear to buy. There’s plenty to choose from, so to send your pre-season mood in the right direction, here’s a list of our favourite gear for the winter to come. Open Wear This nascent clothing brand are committed to producing sustainable technical gear, all made of recycled plastic bottles. This winter they release an all new product range of a shell jacket, shell pants and insulator jacket. All designed by and for skiers with deep powder turns in mind. Niseko, Japan has been their testing ground, and if you're lucky enough to go cat-sking in Japan you’ll notice this is the brand of choice for the local guides. Selling only from their own online store they guarantee a very good price. Friends of The Ski Week have an additional 10% discount with this code at checkout: TSW2018 Protect our Winters Started by possibly the best snowboarder of all time, Jeremy Jones, Protect Our Winters are working to keep the snow on our mountains for us and future generations to keep enjoying skiing as we do today. For all skier & boarder friends you have, a membership and T-shirt from POW is the perfect Xmas gift. Racysuits Whether you’re planning to win the Slalom race at The Ski Week Aspen or simply want to be the best dressed at apres-ski, Racysuits is our recommended choice. Our favourite is naturally the The Ski Week limited edition suit, but in all honesty, we do like the pineapple version too! Icelantic Skis Hand-made in Colorado, Icelantic skis are some of the highest quality skis you’ll find. They’re also bad-ass to shred with, and the weapons of choice for The Ski Week crew. Take a special look at the Nomad 105 LTE and it’s ocean inspired artwork. Oakley Goggles might be the hardest choice of all. There are so many options, different lens tints, fan versions, HUD displays and much more. It’s of course a personal choice of fit and style but when in doubt, the easy choice is spelled Oakley. Their Prizm lens is simply the best with superior low light visibility, you’ll never want to ride with anything else. Hestra Gloves may not be what makes you most excited about go skiing but none the less, warm and dry hands are very important for a good day on the mountain. Their classic glove, Army Leather Heli Ski, is best in class and a no brainer for anyone venturing into the back country. For sunny days in Obertauern check out Fall Line.