Winter Gear Guide: Athletes' picks

Take a peek at some of the top ski and snowboard gear picks for the 2012-2013 season. 

A few ski resorts around the country are already getting their first dustings of snow, and opening days are right around the corner. It's time to gear up for winter, which means checking out the latest in ski and snowboard gear that's hitting shelves now at a shop near you.

We asked some of the top athletes in freeskiing and snowboarding for their picks for must-have gear for this winter. Their choices? Everything from powder skis and boards to airbag backpacks and pro-model goggles. Check it all out here.


Laura Hadar
Mama Hades is a tough gal to pigeonhole. On any day, she could be filming a street session, competing in a big-mountain comp or freeriding in Snowbird or Alaska. This year, she may even ride in a boardercross event or two. Here's a handful of her top gear picks. Hadar's picksPhoto Gallery

Jackson Hole Snowboard Team
Terrain versatility, heaps of natural talent and a good coach make the groms of the Jackson Hole Snowboard Team some of the best-groomed riders coming up on snow today. Here's what this team uses in their daily "training." JHSC's picksPhoto Gallery

Dan Brisse
Two-time X Games Real Snow gold medalist Dan Brisse packs heat (literally -- the dude carries a blow torch) when he's filming on the streets of downtowns across the globe. This is what he uses when he's getting his urban assault on. Brisse's picksPhoto Gallery


Roz Groenewoud
Do you spend most of your time in the park and halfpipe? Or are you looking for women-specific gear? Check out the selections from Canadian halfpipe skier and Winter X Games gold medalist Roz G. Roz G's picksPhoto Gallery

Sage Cattabriga-Alosa
For big-mountain gear, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa -- who's appeared in 10 films from Teton Gravity Research -- is the ultimate expert. If you love to ski powder and rip steep lines, then check out the gear selections from Sage. Sage's picksPhoto Gallery

Eric Hjorleifson
If you're a backcountry skier who appreciates gear that's lightweight and durable, then you'll want to take a peek at what's inside the backpack and on the feet of pro skier Eric Hjorleifson. Hoji's picksPhoto Gallery