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Best in Snow: The Best Ski and Snowboarding Gear

Stay warm and dry on the slopes with our picks for the best winter sports gear.

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DC Women's Zao Snowboarding gloves
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New Wave

Get a grip when catching air with DC's ingeniously split Women's Zao Snowboarding gloves. A side zip lets you slip your hand out without taking off the entire glove. ($65, store.dcshoes.com)

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Pipe Dream

Designed specifically for female riders, this lightweight DC Women's Biddy Snowboard bends just enough to provide the perfect ride down any mountain. ($350, store.dcshoes.com)

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Lid to Flip For and Sleek Specs

Smith's lightweight Allure helmet has a ventilation system to help you let off steam, plus a fleece lining to keep Jack Frost from nipping at your ears. ($100, smithoptics.com)

Anon Solace goggles with a Fractal frame and a Blue Lagoon lens have vented protection to ensure a fog-free field of vision. ($135, burton.com)

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Pop Layer and Behind the Seams

Glow on the snow with this bright hooded Roxy Electric Jacket. It's got climate controls, too: Underarm zippers permit ventilation, and the cuffs fold down to cover fingers. ($195, roxy.com)

Keep your booty warm and dry with the extra rear-end insulation and waterproof fabric of the Columbia Women's Stand Up snow pants. ($130, columbia.com)

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Hot Foot

Charge up these Burton Sapphire boots with special battery packs to net nine hours of warmth in the liner. ($230, burton.com)

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Head Case and Bright Eyed

This Red Reya Classic helmet has your noggin covered: Customize it with extra padding and layers for warmth or get an upgrade that includes built-in headphones. ($80, redprotection.com)

These UV-ray-blocking Electric EG.5s Jamie Anderson goggles won't fog up or scratch. ($150, backcountry.com)

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Hands On

Burton Women's Pipe gloves are extra lightweight and breathable; plus, a grippy pattern on the palm allows you to grasp your ski poles or a warm mug of cocoa. ($45, burton.com)

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Killer Curves

The North Face women's one-piece Brightlights suit has armpit zips for ventilation, a helmet-compatible hood, and pockets for your cell phone and iPod. But we love it most for its smokin' style. ($379, thenorthface.com)

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Step Right In

These toasty knee-high Vela X socks from Thirty Two stand out thanks to additional padding on the shin, calf, ankle, arch, and toes.($16, thirtytwo.com for info)

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Lean on Me

Get the guidance you need while cruising your way down big hills with these Flair S ski poles by Leki. ($120, leki.com)

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Zoom Boots

The women-specific Full Tilt Mary Jane ski boots are lined with conforming foam to baby your shins on downhills. ($470, evo.com)

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, February 2011.

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