With the sound of jingle bells only a month and a half away, the countdown to Christmas is on. If the love of your life is a ski bunny why not treat them to a luxury ski gift? Surprise them with a romantic get-away to a cosy catered ski chaletin the heart of the French Alps. Alternatively, for those without a smaller budget to spare, we've come up with a list of luxury ski items which pack a big wow factor.
High-Tech Gifts for the Gadget Lover
The GoPro Hero 5 is a must-have for serious skiers who want to perfect their on-piste performance. This flagship model gives the best video and playback quality with touchscreen as standard and a whole host of extra features. It is guaranteed to get you discussing your ski technique over a fondue in your catered ski chalet.
If cold hands are a problem then why not give them a pair of heated gloves? There are many heated gloves on the market but we think the Seirus Inferno Heated gloves are the most comfortable. Although a bit pricey, you get what you pay for as they come with three heat settings so you can be sure your ski bunny's digits won't freeze, even on the coldest days.
Skiers who love to keep in touch will appreciate a pair of Bluetooth gloves which will let them take a call or control their music without having to freeze their fingers off.
These smart gloves have a wireless Sync Module which charges via micro USB, giving roughly eighty hours of battery life.
If your loved one suffers from cold feet they will be delighted to find the ThermaCell Proflex remote controlled heated shoe insoles in their Christmas stocking. Ideal for skiers who like to maximise their time on the slopes, the insoles have a rechargeable battery which gives up to 5 hours of warmth on three heat settings.
Sexy Gifts for the Fashionista
Serious fashionistas will love the Canada Goose Aviator hat. With its luxurious fur trim, your ski bunny will look ultra-chic at the airport in this super cosy and super retro hat. A definite must-have for the cutest Christmas selfies.
Talking about cute, Ugg, the maker of the iconic sheepskin boots, have brought out a pair of classic sheepskin earmuffs. They are so toasty warm your loved one won't want to take them off. These clever earmuffs double up as headphones, so music lovers can ski to their favourite tunes. The cord is removable for moments when the sounds of the mountains will do.
Gifts for Looking Good
As any skier will tell you, the importance of eyewear on the slopes cannot be underestimated. We've found two of the best ski goggles on the market.
With the Dragon Alliance NFX2 snow goggles, your ski lover will literally look cool on the mountains. The sexiest snow goggles around are available in various colour-ways with hi-tech lenses which filter out UV rays and increase contrast and depth perception. Your skier's eyes would be grateful for these after a hard day on the slopes.
The super-sized Nike Command goggles have a galactic feel about them. With their injected – polycarbonate spherical lenses offering 100 percent UV protection, your skier will look ultra-stylish as they sashay down the slopes.
We are sure that the skier in your life will love to receive one of these luxury ski gifts. Imagine the look on their face on Christmas day as they unwrap their presents next to a blazing fire in your cosy catered ski chaletsurrounded by freshly driven snow in the French Alps. It couldn´t be more perfect.
Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has been helping avid skiers craft their perfect winter holiday for over a quarter of a century. If you're looking for the best catered ski chalet accommodation in the Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is the go-to company for winter sports fans searching for the holiday of a lifetime.