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    The Chalet Company Christmas gift guide

    If you’ve got a couple of ski / snowboard / winter / snow fans left on your list – we’ve got you covered.

    On publishing, you’ve got just over two weeks until Christmas 2020, that’s two sets of 3-5 working days at least!

    Regardless of if you’re actually getting a ski holiday in this season, we’re sure this list of Christmas gifts and ideas will bring plenty of festive cheer – at home or in the chalet. Scroll down to see our pick of the best of:

    • Base layers
    • Wool slippers
    • Scented candle
    • Magazine subscription
    • Smartwatch
    • Ski lock
    • Shoes for snow
    • Socks
    • Tuning kit & wax
    • Lip balm
    • Goggles
    • GoPro

    Bamboo base layers are known for having a much smaller impact on the environment that cotton or wool, and we love BAM’s. They don’t look any different from regular base layers, and they’re lovely next to your skin.

    For slouching around a chalet (or just your lounge) we’re asking Father Christmas for a new pair of slippers this year. Check out Giesswein’s classics.

    slippers and candle

    No chalet holiday? No problem! Wolf and Badger make a beautiful ‘chalet’ scented candle. Just close your eyes and imagine (it’s much cheaper too!).

    This year has seen us glued to our screens. Go offline this Christmas with a magazine subscription. We rate Fall Line magazine.

    magazine and watch

    Fitbit’s Versa Smartwatch is equipped with literally everything you could think of to measure your stats on the slopes including: an altimeter, barometer, GPS, SpO2 pulse-ox sensor, and an activity app that tracks 15 other pastimes. It’s not wildly expensive compared to some, so is a great first smartwatch or sports watch.

    Know someone paranoid about their new skis? Someone due to get a new pair for Christmas? Or someone just likely to leave them in a dodgy spot for a big après sesh?! A ski lock is a very good idea, they’re pretty small and come at a stocking-filler price. (See below, left)

    Nope, it’s not a teeny-tiny sleeping bag for your phone, it’s a DYNAFIT upcycled PrimaLoft phone case. This case keeps your phone warm enough to maintain its battery better – we’ve all been there! Good for emergencies, navigation (and selfies). (See above, right)

    Thank Goddd we’ve moved on from Moon Boots! Your off-mountain boots no longer have to be clunky, giant marshmallows. Brands are adapting trainers and high-tops to be snow-fit and we really like the look of them. Check out these Vans and Addidas options, or search for ‘trail shoes’ that have GORE-TEX or are waterproof.

    Everyone rolls their eyes at ‘socks for Christmas’, but not Stance socks! They cover all sorts of sports, they do some bonkers collaborations (Stance socks X Kikkoman soy sauce, naturally) and they constantly have great reductions.

    Know anyone who’s invested in new skis or board? Alternatively, know anyone who’s a little reckless with the kit – constantly suffering scratches and dinks?! A tuning kit could really help them keep their skis/board box-fresh. Dakine’s is very easy to use and gets the best reviews on the market. Additionally, check out Eco Wax – petroleum-based wax is ruining our environment, and these guys have come up with an alternative.

    Need a wee Christmas stocking filler? We’d be happy to receive Wedze’s factor 50 lip balm – it’s actually quite hard to find factor 50 lip balms in chemists at home, and they’re devilishly expensive out in resort.

    We recently discovered Messy Weekend’s stylish sunglasses range and, BONUS, they’ve just released snow goggles. The goggles are bang-on for the current oversized-trend and come with a two-year warranty which we love.

    woman and man wearing ski goggles

    It’s a Christmas classic, so scour the web for a good GoPro deal – there’s often some hang-overs from ‘black Friday’ and ‘cyber-Monday’. It looks like they’re doing a Christmas ‘holiday deal’ and ‘bundle deal’ on their site.

    Of course, for the ultimate gift of all, get your nearest and dearest booked into a catered chalet in Méribel or a self-catered ski apartment! We’d advise booking in the later half of the season, aka February half term and onwards. Give us a call on +44 (0)1962 899017 or let us know your group size and preferred dates via info@thechaletcompany.co.uk or team@theskicompany.com

    ski chalet meribel

    Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

    The Chalet Company Team

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