Utah Outside’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Once again it’s the holiday shopping season and you don’t know what gift to give the outdoorsy person in your life. Whether they be a skier, snowboarder, hiker, mountain biker, rock climber, or just a casual get outsider, there’s a perfect gift for everyone. In Utah Outside’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, hopefully you’ll find just the right gift to put under the tree.

Kuhl Alpenlux Jacket

Kuhl Alpenlux Jacket

Your man or lady needs a cozy jacket or sweater in cold December. What better way to keep them toasty than with the Kuhl Alpenlux. This “fluffy” jacket features 100% polyester heavyweight fleece for superior warmth and comfort. Wool blend fleece fabric is strategically placed on the side body and under the arms for freedom of movement. ALT LEATHER™ suede micro fiber fabric on the shoulders adds durability and vintage style. I’d say you might want to get two, because this is a gift that you’ll probably steal back.

Hydro Flask Coffee Cup


Hydro Flask Coffee

Hydro Flask 16oz Coffee Cup for the holidays.

I’ve been drinking from a Hydro Flask for years now and still absolutely love them. For keeping cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot, there’s nothing better out there. So for the coffee drinker in your life, check out the Hydro Flask 16 oz Coffee Cup. The TempShieldTM insulation keeps beverages cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 6. The cup is made from durable 18/8 Pro-Grade Stainless Steel construction, is BPA and Phthalate free, and compatible with the Wide Mouth Flex Cap, Hydro FlipTM Lid, and Wide Mouth Straw Lid. Stop contributing to the waste stream, and use it at coffee shops to consume on the go.


Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes: Utah

Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes Utah book

Hard copies of the new Utah backcountry skiing guide book, “Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah” are now available. The guide is published by Mountaineers Books.

Now in it’s third season, my guide book, Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah is as relevant and current as the day it was published. If you need a gift idea for a skier who is just getting started in the backcountry, or an expert who plans on traveling or moving to Utah, this book gives a wide-ranging baseline of all the moderate, classic ascents and descent routes in Utah’s mountain ranges. Even I reference it sometimes and I wrote the damn thing!

The book features nearly 100 routes complete with maps, descriptions, photos, and more.


Mystery Ranch Scree Backpack

Mystery Ranch Scree

The Mystery Ranch Scree is the best pack you can gift for an all-around outdoors pack. (Photo: Jared Hargrave – UtahOutside.com)

If you think your loved one would like a new backpack, you can’t go wrong with the Mystery Ranch Scree. It’s a do-it-all and do-everything kind of pack. With features like the three way zipper system, adjustable yoke for exact sizing. and quality build and materials, this pack is versatile across many recreational pursuits. Additional features include hydration reservoir compatibility, water bottle sleeves on both sides, dual compression straps. The Scree is a gift that will keep on giving for decades.


Klymit Armored V Sleeping Pad

Klymit Armored V sleeping pad

The Klymit Armored V lies on a bed of broken glass and branches at Outdoor Retailer 2017 Summer Market.

I first saw the Klymit Armored V sleeping pad at the 2017 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market and was astounded. At the booth, people were laying on it atop broken glass and sharp sticks, and the pad never punctured or deflated. If you want to give a gift that wows the hardcore camper on your Christmas list, then you’ll succeed with this pad. How do they do it? 300,000 precisely positioned, armored SuperFabric™ scales cover the entire underside of the Armored V, creating a tough barrier that resists puncture, slashing, moisture, and abrasion.


Solitude Mountain Resort Season Pass and Ticket Paks

Solitude Mountain Resort

Solitude Mountain Resort opens for the 2017;18 ski and snowboard season on December 2nd. (Photo: Solitude Mountain Resort)

For the skier or snowboarder in your life, what better gift than a season pass or lift tickets to the local ski resort. We’re skiing at Solitude Mountain Resort this year to take advantage of fewer crowds, less powder competition, and a family-friendly vibe. With new upgrades to restaurants and ski runs, as well as recent updates to ski lifts and more, there’s never been a better time to be a pass holder at Solitude.


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