Looking to make a memorable, festive impression at a gathering of friends, family, or your winter fling’s kin? Grab this jaw-dropping Tipsy Elves jacket-and-tie combo, which will turn heads faster than you can say “bowl full of jelly.”
At first glance it’s a straightforward red blazer, until you look closer and the decidedly furry lapels, pockets and cuffs hint that Prancer and Vixen might be right around the corner—even if you didn’t just walk out of a gentlemen’s club. This beauty is straight outta St. Nick’s formalwear collection, and damn if it isn’t sharp.
Yes, this particular pairing is great for Christmas Eve, but hey, why not keep the joy going well into the New Year, especially considering it’s on sale for just 31 bucks? Honestly, you can make that up in a single night with all the drinks people will buy you, Mister Claus.
A couple big New Year’s resolutions crack many guys’ lists: dress better and be more active. For such worthy goals, you’ve come to the right place, because we’ve rounded up the sharpest apparel and activewear out there (plus a few superb grooming products). Give this stuff a gander, and you’re sure to find great gift ideas—for friends in need or, let’s be honest, yourself…
TravisMathew Thomas Button-up Shirt ($125): Sure, this shirt looks great, but that’s not all. It’s also lightweight, wrinkle-resistant and quick drying, making it perfect for everything from an ice-skating date with your new squeeze to that oft-stressful moment she introduces you to her family. Don it with confidence and you’ll be good to go, bro.
Boulder Denim Athletic Fit Jeans ($148): Need pants to match your on-the-go lifestyle? Look no further. These jeans accommodate muscular legs while boasting breathability, 360-degree extreme diagonal stretch, hydrophobic wash, trap pockets and reinforced stitching. That makes them as at home scaling the side of a mountain as they are when you’re relating tall tales about your exploits at happy hour.
Revtown Sharp Denim Jeans ($75): On a related note, these top-notch trousers from Revtown are quite deserving of their name. Pairing perfectly with a blazer for a big meeting or night out, they fit and feel fantastic, guaranteeing a winning impression every time you slip them on. They’re available in five different washes, too, so whether you’re into shades of indigo, grey or black, you’ll be in business.
Roka Torino Sunglasses ($170): Form and function unite in these superior specs, which feature a patented fit and retention system to keep them in place and a neutral color lens to ensure your peepers are comfortable and protected in all kinds of lighting conditions. So whether your performance demands are an impromptu touch football game or a hot date, you’ll be looking spectacular, no pun intended.
Maui Jim Swinging Bridges Sunglasses ($299): Meanwhile, if your tastes run a little more Top Gun, these Maui Jim sunnies are your jam. But you don’t have to be a fighter pilot to appreciate this modern twist—note the single, elevated brow bar—on the classic aviator. The incredible color and clarity made possible by PolarizedPlus2 tech, as well as the SuperThin, scratch-resistant lens, cement their appeal.
Bombfell Hand-picked Clothes (average price per item, $89): Assembling outfits is not something most men jump at the chance to do. If you happen to loathe the whole process, why not entrust it to the pros at Bombfell? Answer a few essential questions, and they’ll set you up with a stylist who’ll provide expert recs. Then you tell them what you like, they send it over, and you only pay for what you keep, with free shipping and returns. It’s never been this easy to look fantastic.
Unbound Merino Crew T-shirt ($65): When it comes to T-shirt materials, it’s tough to beat 100 percent Merino wool. After all, it’s moisture-wicking, odor-resistant, antibacterial, wrinkle-averse and comfortably soft from the very first wear. No wonder we love this Unbound Merino offering, which is consciously crafted to keep you feeling fresh as a daisy while embracing outdoor action.
Ten Thousand Foundation Short ($58): When the hard-charging, world-beating folks at Ten Thousand put their mind to something, they don’t miss. Exhibit A: These workout/adventure-friendly shorts, featuring tough midweight fabric, perfectly positioned pockets, a badass boardshort-style drawcord and flexible fabric that optimizes everything from kettlebell goblet squats to rooftop parkour.
Vuori Paxton Short ($78): For their part, Vuori offers a winning fitness short as well. The Paxton boasts a perforated waistband, ventilated side panels and a Coolmax liner to keep you comfy during a long run or hot yoga session. Like the Foundation, it also has a discrete zipper pocket, great for stashing the keys you’ll need if your yoga instructor is so smitten, she asks for a ride to Whole Foods.
Maloja MezdiM Short ($179): Oh, and if you’re the type to stubbornly rock shorts well into the winter, the MezdiMs are for you. Fully windproof and insulated, they’ll stand up to fierce conditions, yet they also feature full-length side zippers for when temps rise. Yes, they’re intended for badass outdoor activities like ski touring, but they’re fun to wear around the house, too.
OppoSuits Flaminguy ($99): If you plan to stand out from the pack—but still look like a class act—next spring, this optically tropical, many-pocketed jacket, shorts and tie combo is a proven winner. We know because we field-tested it a few months back and got nothing but rave reviews. (And by rave reviews we mean phone numbers and complimentary piña coladas, of course.)
Tuxy Suit ($119): If ever there were a onesie for the active man, it’s Tuxy. This body-ensconcing unicorn features a slim, modern fit, a side-zipping neck for added comfort, thumbholes, a drawstring waist, a side cargo pocket with a dedicated smartphone slot and a cotton/polyester blend that’s as comfy as they come. Say, did we mention it’s a onesie??
Flag & Anthem Edgemont Boot ($80): Need a stylish lace-up boot at a price point that won’t leave you stranded on the street in nothing but a union suit? Flag & Anthem delivers with the Edgemont, thanks to its toasty charcoal wool upper, faux leather body and traction-packed rubber sole. It feels good on the foot and looks great with everything from jeans to dress pants. What else do ya need?
Malvados Lenny Sandals ($47): There are boys and men, and there are flip-flops and sandals. Thankfully, these kicks fall in the latter category—crafted of leather, canvas and a cushy EVA footbed. We love the Scotch color scheme, which pairs well with both a gentleman’s warm-weather wardrobe and his drink. (Yes, there are summery Scotch cocktails; we suggest the Glasgow Mule.)
18.21 Man Made Pomade and Shaving Glide ($24 each): On what you might call a technical level, both of these products excel. The pomade delivers a medium hold with a shiny finish that’s ideal for short to medium-length hair. Meanwhile, the shaving glide is water-free, clear and soothing, leaving your skin soft and smooth with every swipe of the razor. But what we really love about both is something many grooming goops neglect: the scent. The subtle aromas of sweet tobacco for the former and spiced tobacco for the latter lend a manly air to morning proceedings that lingers and delights throughout the day. Give ’em a whirl and you’ll see what we mean.
Badass Beard Styling Kit ($70): Of course, the hirsute among us will appreciate this beard-and-’stache-grooming bundle, which includes a brush, comb, beard balm, beard oil, beard wash, trimming scissors and mustache wax. Even better, you can mix and match amongst more than a dozen different scents. We swear by The Royal Knight, an Earl Grey Tea, lavender and vanilla blend that is beguiling, yet chivalrous.
Looking to rock a loved one or buddy’s world? The right present can do just that. So we’ve rounded up some of our favorite gear, spirits and home items, suitable for a range of price points and tastes. Take a look below for some surefire crowd pleasers—and feel free to add a few to your own wish list…
Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones ($350): Sony started the portable music revolution with the Walkman back in the day, and the brand continues to lead with some of the finest headphones money can buy. Boasting industry-best noise-canceling, touch sensor controls that let you do everything without reaching for your phone and 30 hours of battery life, these beauties will escort you effortlessly from, say, LA to Dubai with plenty of juice to spare.
Uncharted Supply Company Zeus Portable Jump Starter & USB Charger ($150): When power is a premium priority, it pays to have a badass backup, and this heavy-duty brick delivers. The Zeus boasts two USB ports capable of charging smartphones and other devices several times over, plus a cigarette power adapter for fueling power tools and air compressors. And oh yeah, it can also jumpstart everything up to an 8.0-liter diesel truck. The handy built-in flashlight is just a bonus, really.
Scosche BoomBottle MM ($130): Need audio accompaniment for your active life? Soundtrack any outdoor adventure with the waterproof, dustproof Boombottle, which can be magnetically mounted to most metal surfaces—think mountain bikes, jet skis, snowmobiles—to blast true stereo sound for up to 12 hours. A built-in microphone for hands-free calling and a built-in bottle opener just add to the fun.
Team Beachbody SHIFT SHOP ($180 to $335): Of course, all the aforementioned activity ain’t happening if your bag of bones isn’t up to the challenge. That’s where this comprehensive system from super trainer Chris Downing comes in. If you’re willing to put in the work, the rapid-conditioning program gets you maximum results in minimal time thanks increasingly intense cardio and strength workouts and fine-tuned nutrition strategies. Now’s the time to take your body to the next level, and SHIFT SHOP’s the way to do it.
The Federalist Bourbon Barrel Aged Red Blend Wine ($22): You don’t have to be a sommelier to appreciate the big, bold moves The Federalist is making in the wine world. Take this red blend, which ages a mix of Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon in charred bourbon barrels to produce a fruity, spicy flavor that makes the world safe for democracy—or at least good times with friends.
Naked Grouse ($35): When you come in from the cold and need a warmer-upper, why not reach for a sour or sling made with this enticing new blended malt Scotch? After all, Naked Grouse boasts the flavors of rich fudge and cooking apples, plus a toasted oak and soft spice finish that easily melts the ice and fills you with holiday cheer.
Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old ($60): If you enjoy classic Bulleit—as just about every self-respecting whiskey lover does—you’ll love this expression, which is aged in charred American white oak barrels for a decade to yield deep, rich vanilla and dried fruit flavors sure to please even the most discriminating of drinkers.
Laphroaig Cairdeas Fino Cask ($109): We’ve been huge Laphroaig fans for years, and the legendary Scotch distiller has done it again with this recent offering. Cairdeas (Gaelic for friendship) matures in bourbon casks before finishing in Fino Sherry casks, becoming a satisfyingly smoky spirit with notes of toasted almonds, dried fruit and sea salt. Trust us on this one, it’s bloody delicious.
Duke Kentucky Straight Bourbon ($50): Anyone who’s seen Stagecoach knows John Wayne was a straight shooter, and his bourbon is, too. Inspired by rare bottles unearthed from The Duke’s collection, faithfully blended to replicate his original 1962 recipe and aged in charred American Oak barrels, this Wild West whiskey delivers notes of roasted nuts, vanilla, caramel, nutmeg and warm pepper spice. Fancy a cocktail? We recommend Gunsmoke.
Copper Cow Coffee ($15 for a 5-pack): This portable, sustainable and delicious Vietnamese java might just be the perfect pick-me-up. Slip the elegantly designed, biodegradable filters over any mug, then pour over hot water—and later stir in the included California sweetened condensed milk, if desired—and you’ve got yourself a tasty brew that’ll lift your spirits and warm your soul.
Spice Madam ($20/month or $220/year): This subscription box is truly a globe-trotting foodie’s delight. Each month brings a package of spices and recipes from a different country, along with a Spotify playlist, fun facts and travel tips. Use the included shopping list to procure additional ingredients, and the next thing you know, you’ll be cooking up savory cuisine from all over the world.
Fury Bros Candles ($30): Yes, the Fury Bros are actual brothers, Jeremy and Stevie, and they’ve been rolling out excellent grooming and home goods for the past three years. We especially love their candles, which evoke manly scents like saddle leather, gunpowder, sandalwood, campfire, tobacco and balsam fir. They’ll freshen up your place without Febrezing it to death.
CleanWell Foaming Hand Soap ($25 for a 4-pack): Speaking of keeping things fresh around the house, CleanWell has that name for a reason. These botanical-based, antibacterial hand soaps terminate grime and germs to leave your mitts sweet-smelling and spiffy. Bonus: All feature aloe, so your skin will be nicely moisturized, too.
Wise Owl DoubleOwl Hammock ($36): When spring rolls back around, there’s nothing quite like an afternoon nap in a big ol’ hammock. This lightweight, well-crafted beauty is more than up to the task thanks to its size (10 feet long by 6 1/2 feet wide), material (210T Parachute Nylon) and strength (max load: 400 pounds). String it up in the backyard and savor a snooze in the sun. You’ve earned it, brother.
If you love meatballs (and who doesn’t, really?), now’s your chance to taste some of New York City’s best while supporting Movember, everyone’s favorite mustache-growing, cancer-fighting, men’s health-improving charity.
See, the Refinery Rooftop at Refinery Hotel is home to the third annual Movember Ball, going down tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. Michael Chernow of Seamore’s and The Meatball Shop will be MC-ing the public event, which features a “balls-off” competition among some of the city’s favorite restaurants including The Meatball Shop, Red Rooster, Tavern on the Green and Untamed Sandwiches.
The event will conclude with the announcement of the winning ball by the esteemed judges, including Today Show style editor Bobbie Thomas, Grub Street staff writer Nikita Richardson and Gotham Burger Social Club founder Mike Puma. Attendees will all have the chance to vote for their favorite ball, with a fan-favorite also announced at the end of the evening.
So whatcha waiting for? A $25 ticket scores you two drinks plus all the meatballs you can eat from the best shops in town. Get on it, and happy chomping.
We probably don’t have to tell you that when the fairer sex sizes you up, one of the first things they check out is footwear. And this time of year, as the temps drop and the leaves turn, one of your best bets in this department is boots. Warm, stylish, durable and versatile, a great boot can really take you places. So here are five pairs we love. Chances are, she will too.
Moral Code Bolton ($228): Remember what we said about boots being versatile? Moral Code’s chukka is a shining example. Not only is it light and flexible enough to keep you comfortable on your feet all day, but it pairs well with just about everything. The distinguished pebbling of the leather is an eye-catching bonus feature.
Nisolo Andres All Weather Boot ($288): When adventure calls, Nisolo’s Andres boot is more than ready to step up. The leather is water resistant, the Vibram sole is equipped with heavy-duty lugs to tackle all types of terrain and the gusseted tongue helps you stand up to the elements with dry and cozy toes. And even if you’re taking it easy, the styling makes a winning impression from office to street to happy hour.
To Boot New York Concord ($450): All Adam Derrick’s To Boot crew does is make incredible footwear. OK, they make belts and shoelaces, too, but as the name suggests, the focus is on brilliant boots, and the Concord is no exception. Every detail—from the burnished brown leather to the inside zipper for easy on/off to the grippy rubber sole—is oriented toward optimal form and function. Try ’em and see.
Harley-Davidson Sinclair ($400): Two brands known for craftsmanship and style are Harley and Wolverine. So it’s no surprise bringing them together in the form of this Garage Collection edition of Wolverine’s famed Evans 1000 Mile Boot works so damn well. With a full-grain leather upper, Goodyear welt construction and a Vibram rubber outsole, these kicks will serve you well whether you’re born to be wild or bored to be filing TPS reports. Though we sincerely hope it’s the former.
Thursday Boots Duke ($199): Don’t let the name fool you; these Chelsea boots are ready to rock any day of the week. The Chrome leather upper looks sharp with everything from jeans to a suit, while the full glove leather lining and cork & Poron footbeds ensure all-day comfort. Last but not least, the flexible elastic goring makes them easy to slip on and, once they’ve sufficiently wowed the object of your affection… off.
Trying to score on a night out can be a big undertaking. You have to acquire your target, respectfully woo her and close the deal—all while overcoming obstacles like annoying friends and ever-present smartphones.
But it doesn’t have to be so difficult, really. Heighten your senses, take note of some key signals, and you’ll know pretty early on whether it’ll be bedtime for two tonight. Here’s what to watch for…
1. Even-keeled imbibing Observe your new lady friend’s drinking habits. If she barely sips her wine, she’s probably looking to get out of there quickly—and alone. If she downs five tequila shots plus vodka on the rocks, she’s probably passing out the second she hits a bed. But a modest number of drinks accompanied by a fun, tipsy demeanor? That’s a girl with hooking up potential.
2. Touching moments You can tell a lot from body language. Pay attention not only to what that girl is saying, but also what she’s doing. Playing footsie under the table? Lightly stroking your upper arm? Leaning in closer than necessary to tell you that story? Those usually aren’t signs of disinterest, ifyouknowwhatImean.
3. Going solo Here’s the scenario: You meet a hot girl at the bar, buy her a drink and start chatting. Everything’s going great until her girlfriends approach in a frenzy to tell her they have to get on the dance floor or they’re so over this scene and going home. Lots of girls will say their goodbyes at this point. But if your companion confidently tells her friends to go on without her, chances are she’s planning to go on with you.
4. Tech neglect It’s the era of smartphones—everyone’s on them, all the time, right? Not really. If someone’s engaged enough by another person, they’ll give the iPhone a rest. So if the girl you’re chatting up is ignoring texts, silencing rings or not even looking at her phone, you’re doing an excellent job of holding her attention. Keep doing what you’re doing, and you just might be holding her later.
5. Big primpin’
Guys and gals all want to look their best for those they’re interested in and will go to great lengths to do it. So this one is simple: study your lady’s appearance before and after she heads to the bathroom. If she comes back with a new coat of lipstick and her makeup refreshed, she’s probably trying to impress someone—and hopefully it’s not the bartender.
6. Clear eyes, full heart
When I got bored in school, I looked everywhere but at my teacher. When I get bored in meetings, I look everywhere but at my boss. Same goes for flirting. If she looks at you when you are talking to her, good sign. But if she’s scanning the joint during your best stories, she’s probably searching for a different scene or a new prospect. Cut your losses and do the same.
7. The look of lust
So the girl you’re sweet-talking at the bar isn’t really appreciating what you have to offer? Before you get down, look around. Spot a female onlooker taking notice with a long, lingering stare your way, a once-over and a glare her way? Whoever said don’t switch horses in mid-stream never saw an opportunity like this one, my friend. Take it.
Can you feel it in the air? Temps are dropping, days are getting shorter, and with every passing moment, we’re a little closer to our first tracks of the sk’riding (skiing + riding) season.
And if you’re anything like the writers of this roundup, you’re starting to get that kid around Christmas feel, steadily stoking up for the pow runs to come. Only time will tell if Mother Nature will deliver the goods this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get amped about all the gear we’ll be rocking from the slopes to the après scene.
Check out some of our head-to-toe favorites below, and no matter whether your go-to hill is a winter wonderland or a slush-fest, you’ll be the king of it…
Turtle Fur Pipe Dream Fleece Lined Performance Neck Warmer ($25): Neck warmers can be irritating to wear and gross, but this one bucks the trend. The fit around the neck is perfect and it sits quite nicely on your nose when you pull it up. Polyester fabric on the outside prevents it from getting soaked while the fleece liner keeps you toasty all day long.
Smartwool Merino 250 Base Layer One Piece ($225): It’s difficult to slip into this buttery but breathable merino wool first layer and not feel simply ensconced in a cocoon of comfort. From the close-fit hood and chest pocket to the thumbholes and zippered drop tail (for easy bathroom breaks), Smartwool’s thought of everything. All you’ve gotta do is throw it on.
Darn Tough Fall Line Over-The-Calf Padded Light Cushion Socks($27): Darn Tough socks are known for their durability and comfort, and these puppies are no exception. An over-the-calf fit that is padded where you need it and thinner where you don’t makes for the perfect combination between coziness and performance.
Flylow Maine Line Glove ($55): We’ve long loved Flylow’s no-frills Tough Guy Glove, but this offering—named for the rugged lobstermen of coastal Maine—is one of a kind. Boasting weatherproof pigskin and split-finger styling, it combines the warmth of a mitten with the dexterity of a glove. The opportunity for tasteless Lobster Boy jokes is just a bonus, really.
Sweet Protection Switcher Helmet ($250): It’s no surprise that the Switcher is an award-winning helmet. With an adjustable 22 vent system, headphone compatibility, and noggin-friendly features like in-mold and hardshell tech and MIPS (multi-directional Impact Protection System), this brain bucket is as cool and comfy as they come.
Smith Optics I/O MAG Goggles ($240): The original Smith I/O has been the gold standard in goggles for years, but the latest incarnation just made swapping eye protection even easier. Thanks to magnets and a dual locking system, you can literally pop off one lens and snap on another in seconds. Throw in the fact that ChromaPops are the clearest, fog-free-est lenses we’ve ever tried and it’s obvious these snow specs are second to none.
prAna Showdown Jacket ($169): We love ourselves a well-crafted shacket, and this earth-friendly version is a beaut. Featuring a recycled polyester blend, RDS (Responsible Down Standard)-certified down and a PFC-free water repellent finish—plus stretch panels, an internal zip pocket and hand warmer side seam pockets—the Showdown offers plenty of performance to go with its good looks.
Dakine High Roller Snowboard Bag ($200): Well-traveled shredders know that extended trips are only as good as your board bag. Thankfully, the High Roller boasts room for multiple boards, interior pockets for boots and outerwear, exterior zip pockets for travel essentials and 360-degree padding to protect your precious cargo. Plus, the urethane wheels roll smoothly through airports, and the compatible handle system even pairs with a rolling luggage bag, leaving your beer hand free!
Revant S2L Sunglasses ($175): Bluebird days and outdoor après scenes demand quality sunnies, and these somewhat retro-looking Revant specs are way more technical than those wraparounds Jose Canseco sported back in the day. While the shield style provides maximum peripheral vision, the S2Ls are also weight-balanced to minimize bounce and feature angled temples to fit smoothly under helmets. They come with swappable polarized lenses, too, keeping your peepers safe even when the most pressing threat is a flirty cougar.
lululemon Fleece Back Softshell ($198): This mid-layer is so comfy you won’t ever want to doff it. The high zipper keeps you warm all the way up to your chin while the lightweight, flexible fabric is ideal for outdoor activities like skiing and riding. It looks darn good, too, so feel free to rock it solo while sipping après cocktails and accepting compliments on your effortless sense of style.
Mammut Stoney GTX Hardshell Jacket ($499): No crazy designs here, just a clean look and a seamless blend of soft and hard shell technology. Mammut’s signature three-layer, DRYtech waterproof and windproof material combined with a fleece-lined collar offers the utmost protection. The removable hood and powder skirt make it ideal for gnar chasers, especially when combined with the matching Stoney Hardshell Pants ($299).
Trew Capow Bib ($449): Backcountry calling your name? This bib’s got the game. It’s the product of a 12-month collaboration between Trew and Capow Guiding, a crew of badass powderhounds based in Revelstoke, BC. Off-piste-friendly features—an easy-access transceiver pocket above the waist, articulation at the knee and seat and burly laminate fabrics—make earning those thigh-deep turns a (relative) breeze.
Gnu Airblaster Freedom Suit ($370): Onesies are back in a big way, and this collaboration between Gnu Snowboards and Airblaster is the real deal. When you slide into it, you’ll instantly understand why. The one-piece design keeps you warm and protected on powder days while the 350-degree waist zip makes life easy when nature calls.
Tipsy Elves Sunrise Shredder Ski Suit ($225): On the other end of the onesie spectrum you’ll find Tipsy Elves, which has made its name by teaming flashy old-school style with modern function. Think waterproof fabric, insulated lining, zippered pit and thigh vents and a cleverly concealed storm hood. This particular number takes cojones to wear, but it’ll turn heads and spread joy wherever your skis or board take you.
Danner Raptor 650 Boot ($240): Based off Danner’s popular Explorer 650 hiker, the Raptor 650s are the ultimate in comfort, protection and style. With added cold-weather features including PrimaLoft insulation, fleece-lined wool uppers and full-grain leather, plus Danner Dry waterproof protection, this boot will withstand the harshest winter conditions.
Ride Insano Snowboard Boot ($370): Ride has a rep for putting out some of the most comfortable yet performance-driven boots on the market, and the latest iteration of the ultra-sturdy Insano leads the pack. The BOA Focus System spreads lace tension across the whole boot to ensure a perfect, pressure-free fit while the Michelin Peak Sole helps you maintain traction from the lift line to the barroom floor.
K2 Split Bean Package Snowboard ($1000): The lightweight and playful Cool Bean ($470) is easily the most fun board we’ve ever ridden, and now K2 is upping the ante with a 144-cm split version. Strap skins on the bottom to hike the backcountry, then luxuriate as the wide nose, swallowtail rear and rocker camber help you glide over powder and dart through trees. No joke, Jack, these Beans are magic.
Full Tilt Ascendant Touring Boot ($749): A true hybrid boot, the Ascendant boasts touring components like a removable tongue, a user-friendly walk mode and tour pro liner without sacrificing downhill performance. These features make it a winning off-piste option for formerly resort-bound skiers who swear by Full Tilt’s historically comfortable boots.
Line Sakana Skis ($750): Eric Pollard has done it again with the Sakana. The name means fish in Japanese and, sporting the swallowtail like its predecessor, the Pescado, these surfy skis are perfect deep pow. That said, this fish is equally comfortable ripping through trees or carving up groomers, making it an excellent all-mountain option.
We know, we know, winter is still a little ways off. But if you want to have an epic 2018-2019 season, the time to plan it out is now. With that in mind, we’ve checked in with all the big ski associations to get the scoop on cool mountain stuff going on across the country (plus a brief sojourn to Canada).
Without further ado, here are 10 resorts with on- and off-slope action that has us stoked. So read up, take notes and started plotting unforgettable adventures today…
Editor’s note: What to bring to these mountains? Stay tuned for our ultimate gear guide, coming tomorrow!
Mount Snow: On the Rise Having spent $30 million last season on its West Lake Water Project, Mount Snow now has the most powerful snowmaking system in the East. That means the mountain can recover quickly from the unpredictable weather changes to provide a better overall snow experience for its visitors. It also gives Mount Snow the ability to lengthen its season, a season that this year opened its gates on October 27 (this past weekend!), the earliest opening day in the mountain’s 64-year history. The resort will also be unveiling its shiny new 42,000-square foot Carinthia Base Lodge in the coming months. This $22 million venture is five times the size of the one it replaces and houses everything you could ask for in a lodge, including a sit-down restaurant, two bars, retail and more. Did we mention two bars?
Deer Valley: Foodie’s Paradise When it comes to terrain, Deer Valley has a little something to whet everyone’s appetite. From cruisers to steep chutes, you really can’t go wrong. However, what really separates this resort from the pack is its on-mountain dining. Looking to grab and go in the morning? The Deer Valley Grocery Cafe has everything that you need including tasty coffee, delicious breakfast burritos and a variety of pastries. Sit down for lunch mid-mountain at The Royal Street Cafe with a Dungeness Crab Tower and an award-winning Blueberry Mojito. When you’ve gotten your fill of fresh pow, enjoy a traditional après-ski experience at Edgar’s famous for its Turkey Chili Nachos and Last Chance Mules. Finish your foodie frenzy off at Fireside Dining. Riding up on a horse-drawn sled then walking into a view of raclette melting on plates in front of one the many stone fireplaces cooking your dinner and you’ll glad you made some room with those last few laps on the hill.
Jackson Hole: An Icon Settles Down and Has a Family Each year Jackson Hole’s steep Teton peaks garner some of the deepest snowpack in the country. Snow so deep that it can only be topped by what is often described as the sickest terrain in the country, highlighted by the famed Corbett’s Couloir. But as gnarly as it is, Jackson’s rep is becoming more family friendly with the mountain’s new Solitude Station. A quick two-minute ride up the gondola to the Sweetwater mid-station and families will be greeted by an expansive 12,000 square foot lodge devoted solely to them. The new home base of the Mountain Sports School also includes dining and will allow everyone to take lessons, grab some grub and hang out together all winter long. For hard-shredding dads, these changes represent a welcome complement to Jackson’s truly unrivaled terrain.
Sugarbush: Where the Old Meets the New As it turns 60 this year, Sugarbush is celebrating by revisiting its historic past. Highlights include a music series where each month they focus on a different decade. Can’t wait to see those neon onesies and straight skis come out for the ’80s weekend. Sugarbush is also bringing back classic events. Sloshwicking, a race of some sort that has competitors donning one ski, one snowshoe and, for whatever reason, a broom, and the Waiter Slalom where servers from all different restaurants compete in a footrace slalom with a tray of drinks will certainly be memorable spectacles. Of course, these escapades only add to the good old Sugarbush allure, complete with some of the best views in all of Vermont as well as some of the East’s gnarliest slopes.
Steamboat: Something for Everyone A true throwback to the northwest Colorado cowboy town it began as, Steamboat Springs is filled with charming places to wander, shop and eat. And the Steamboat, the mountain, itself offers a little something for everyone as well. Copious amounts of powder, semi-steep slopes and gorgeous glades make for some of the best lift-accessible tree skiing in country. And with all the calories you and your friends or family will be burning, you’ll be stoked to come across the mountain’s brand-new Taco Beast. This roaming snowcat offers a variety of Mexican street tacos, street corn and beers, ultimately redefining what it means to dine slopeside. Simply follow @steamboatdining and #tacobeaststeamboat on Instagram and you’ll know exactly where to find the ultimate taco truck when your stomachs start rumbling.
Tremblant: It Takes a Village Situated in Quebec’s Laurentian mountains, the Canadian oasis of Tremblant has plenty to trumpet this season, including a new high-speed quad chairlift, new glades and improvements to the main chalet at the summit. But perhaps its most appealing quality is the many-splendored Euro-style pedestrian village at its base. Fully accessible to skiers and riders thanks to an open-air gondola and a ski trail winding through it, Tremblant’s village offers a full three miles of sights, lodging, shopping and dining, including a whopping 36 coffee shops, restaurants and bars. Many offer the mouth-watering French and French-Canadian cuisine for which the region is famous. For our loonies and toonies, it’s all about Smoke’s Poutinerie Tremblant, which serves up more than 20 varieties of that distinctly Canadian delicacy.
Stratton: All About Après It may boast southern Vermont’s highest peak, but what really stands out about Stratton is its status as an après-skier’s delight. Along with staples like Grizzly’s and the quirky Green Door Pub, there are some great new additions this season. Stratton now offers snowcat dinners at the mid-mountain lodge, pairing meals made with locally sourced ingredients and some of Vermont’s finest brews and spirits. And housed in a repurposed shipping container located near the gondola, the new Stratton Basecamp will be pouring plenty of Vermont craft beer to accompany the delicious Polish street food it serves. Meanwhile, open-air seating upstairs giving patrons the opportunity to enjoy on-mountain music, which has recently become another claim to fame. Hosting Winter Wondergrass, a grassroots music festival that also has stops at heavyweights like Steamboat and Squaw, will cement Stratton’s place as the music venue of Vermont. Bonus: The Vermont Open is no longer simply a snowboarding competition but a weekend-long festival that will once again include a major headliner to be announced in December.
Vail and Beaver Creek: Salute the Troops Looking for an unforgettable experience on the slopes packed with entertainment, history, action and whiskey? Sign up for the 10th Mountain Ski Experience at Colorado’s Westin Riverfront, led by the legendary Chris Anthony, whom you may know from 28 (28!) Warren Miller shred flicks. Taking place January 18-21, the weekend features a screening of Anthony’s new doc, Climb to Glory: Legacy of the 10th Mountain Ski Troopers, skiing with Anthony and learning all about this one-of-a-kind military division at three different slopes, including the incomparable Vail and Beaver Creek, and a private whiskey dinner featuring 10th Mountain Division Whiskey & Spirit Company beverages. You’ll also get to bask in the luxury of the Westin Riverfront, which offers direct access to Beaver Creek as well as a refreshing outdoor pool with three infinity hot tubs, the body-renewing Spa Anjali and the Athletic Club at The Westin, with more than 60 group exercise classes weekly. If you want to come out of this winter with both a new respect for skiing soldiers and plenty of stoke, sign on for this incredible adventure today.
Heavenly: Gates of Glory One of the jewels of Lake Tahoe, and one of the biggest resorts in North America, Heavenly has much to recommend it, including loads of awesome après, dining, nightlife and gambling options—and a unique combo of snowfall and bluebird days. But one thing we’ll always love about this Nevada/California hotspot is its willingness to open up the backcountry for those who crave the kind of deep pow stashes you can only score off-piste. With three backcountry gates and two massive canyons, Mott and Killebrew, Heavenly offers no shortage of double-black chutes, exhilarating glades and pulse-pounding steeps. Ask the locals about Snakepit, a narrow chute with a 38-degree pitch and just enough room to turn. Still pow-hungry? Make the 10-minute hike to the top of Milky Way Bowl and you’ll likely behold a few hundred vertical feet of pristine champagne powder. By the time you drop into a Steins beer garden Adirondack chair at days’s end, you’ll appreciate just how accurately this mountain is named.
I love candy. I love horror movies. I love half-naked girls roaming the streets. But you know what? Halloween, much like Star Wars, is for children. So can you guys knock it off this year? You’re in your 30s. No less a source than the Holy Bible says, “When I became a man, I put away childish things.”
Before going any further, I should say that I’m willing to offer an exemption to men who are bringing their children out. Sure, if your wee one wants to dress up as Ariel from The Little Mermaid, you have an excuse—nay, an obligation—to don your Poseidon costume and accompany her throughout your fair city in search of candy. This article is directed squarely at all the men putting their Juggalo Joker costume together in hopes of having their pick of the dozen or so women who will doubtless be dressed up as Psychobilly Harley Quinn.
For my part, I’m a drunk and a giant stick in the mud, which gives me two reasons to hate Halloween. First, much like St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s Eve and Cinco De Mayo, this is one of the days of the year when no force of God or man is going to get me in a bar. Why? Because they’re filled with amateur drinkers using “clever” costumes as an excuse to drink more than they can reasonably handle. The results are predictable: grown men (or at least what passes for it in our age) white-girl wasted at 11 o’clock at night. Congrats, gents. You’re really making grandpa proud as he watches down on you from above.
Believe me when I tell you that you can dress like an asshole and drink to unconsciousness whenever you want. It’s way more fun when you don’t have permission.
Believe me when I tell you that you can dress like an asshole and drink to unconsciousness whenever you want. I do both of these things all the time. It’s way more fun when you don’t have permission.
The other reason is that I just hate the idea of people having fun. Two things separate adults from children: First, we can have beer for breakfast if we want. Second, life sucks. The best among us exercise the first right to deal with second calamity.
As a kid, I always loved Halloween. It was great to dress up as something scary, walk around with my hooligan friends doing hooligan shit and getting free candy. In fact, I did trick-or-treating far beyond what’s probably normal: My last time out on the prowl for sweets and mischievous kicks was when I was 16 and I dressed up as Richard Nixon, possibly my most frightening costume in a career that included the Phantom of the Opera, The Mummy and Dracula. The rest of my crew included two brothers who split a clown costume and pretended they were both Simon Woodstock and a guy who just slapped on a pair of bunny ears and called it a day.
That was fun. Lonely adults cutting loose the one day of the year they feel it’s allowed? Sad!
Adult costumes must be addressed. Like I said above, I’m never going to complain about half-naked women roaming the streets. What bothers me are people dressing up as memes, as puns (if I see you dressed as a “one night stand” I am going to punch you in the throat), or in elaborate costumes that take way more effort than an adult should put into looking like Kylo Ren.
I’m not even sure how I feel about dressing up like Crash Bandicoot for the office party or whatever. Maybe just throw on a nice suit, tell everyone you’re supposed to be Don Draper and stand around silently judging people. That’s what I would do.
Ultimately, the problem with grown men who are into Halloween is that it’s part of a broader crisis of manhood I’ve hinted at above: No one wants to be an adult anymore. Everyone wants to be a teenager with more disposable income and the resulting access to booze and weed. So instead of doing what men are supposed to do on Halloween—helping your kid dress up or handing out candy to the local children—they put on some outfit designed to showcase their cleverness and numb the existential pain accompanying being 36 and single with more booze than they can handle. A “good” night involves cheap sex with an equally empty human.
My suggested alternative: Ask a lady over for a couple cocktails, some candy and whatever horror movies are on Netflix and Hulu. I promise that, unlike the men waking up in a fog of self-loathing on All Saint’s Day next to a woman whose first name they don’t remember, you’ll have no regrets. You’re not missing anything and, as spooky as it sounds, you might actually make a real connection with another human being.