8 Great Gifts From Vermont

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We like to shop locally all year round. But when it comes time to pick out holiday gifts, we make an extra effort to find the best of what Vermont has to offer. Here are this years picks from some of the best 802 brands.

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Socks with a Guarantee, from Darn Tough

New for fall /winter 2018, Darn Tough’s Men’s Mountain Top Over-The-Calf Light Ski Sock is the ultimate combination of warmth and breathability. Built with three integrated ribbing zones to eliminate slipping or bunching, these socks stay breathable while keeping your feet warm! As always, Darn Tough’s socks are built to last with a 100% guarantee and all are made in Northfield, Vermont! Mountain Top Socks, $24. Northfield, VT — (877) 327-6883 — darntough.com

 

Vermont Snowflake Pendants from Ferro
Custom made in white gold and diamonds, these beautiful snowflake pendants come in a wide variety of designs and prices (including an exclusive design made for the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum) and make the perfect holiday gift. A member of the American Gem Society, Ferro Jewelers has been in business since 1947 and has stores in Stowe and Woodstock. Snowflake Pendants start at $275. Ferro Estate + Custom Jewelers from Stowe and Woodstock VT — (802) 253-3033 — ferrojewelers.com

 

 

Golden Hour Recovery Cream from Ursa Major 
This wonderfully rich, yet fast-absorbing face cream, provides deep hydration and nourishment to soothe and replenish weary skin. Use it for intense daily hydration, as a “wrinkle-busting” night cream or anytime your skin needs extra TLC. Works great for all skin types; especially recommended for anyone recovering from prolonged exposure to the elements. Golden Hour Recovery Cream, $48. URSA MAJORWaterbury, VT — (802) 560-7116 — ursamajorvt.com 

 

Z-90 Performance Carving Skis from Renoun

RENOUN’s Z-90  (below) is your performance, carving ski in every condition. RENOUN’s HDT™ technology brings you unparalleled stability and control on any slope: early morning corduroy, trees, bumps and late-day crud. Vermont native and RENOUN founder Cyrus Schenck was introduced to the concept of a non-Newtonian polymer while at Clarkson University. He founded Renoun in 2012, and three short years later (2015) RENOUN captured the coveted world-class ISPO GOLD Award in Munich, Germany in recognition of its pioneering technological design. The Z-line is best if you ski the entire mountain, yet love the heart and soul of a carving ski. It has 300 percent less chatter than the typical carving ski, and it’s backed by a 100-day guarantee and no-questions-asked return policy, as well as a limited two-year warranty. RENOUN also has an all-mountain ski, the Endurance. Online only. RENOUN’s Z-90, $1,295. RENOUN Skis. Burlington, VT — (802) 778-9330 — Renoun.com/vt

Alpine Hat from Skida
Skida Headwear & Accessories,was founded in 2008 by ski racer Corinne Prevot while she was at Burke Mountain Academy and, later, Middlebury College. Skida believes in local production, limited edition products, and a fresh perspective. The original Vermont Collection is still produced locally in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, while a new cashmere line is produced exclusively for Skida in Nepal. Their best selling insulated piece, the Alpine Hat, is the perfect weight for colder days. The printed poly-blend outer fabric is fully lined with cozy mid-weight fleece — it wicks moisture, cuts the wind, and always leaves you high and dry. Great for chilly runs, hitting the slopes, or just cruising around town. This hat goes from casual to performance without skipping a beat. $36 Burlington, VT — (802) 540-8100 — skida.com

Carbon Ski Boots from Dodge
At Dodge Ski Boots, local owners David Dodge, a former racer, and Bill Doble love skiing and they want to make skiing more fun. It’s their passion to make the best ski boot in the world, and the first hand-crafted carbon fiber graphite ski boot, which make them incredibly light and responsive. Every pair of Dodge Ski Boots is custom-fit and hand crafted at their Essex facility. Whether you’re a beginner or a racer, Dodge promises their boots will be the best performing and most comfortable you’ve ever skied. Exclusive Free 3D Fitting Assessment and Money-Back Satisfaction Guarantee. Available direct from Dodge Ski Boots online or factory fitting center, your boots are custom fit by the people who make them. $995 Essex, VT — (802) 662-2102 — dodgeskiboots.com 

Custom Snowshoes from Dion 
Designed, built and used by experienced snowshoe racers and hikers, these tough, lightweight snowshoes are comfortable to wear and can adapt to a wide variety of terrain and snow conditions. What makes Dion Snowshoes unique is that they are sold as separate components. They offer several different frame sizes, bindings and cleats that are interchangeable depending on your needs. Dion’s exclusive blend of performance, durability, and comfort is found in every snowshoe model they offer. By combining an innovative design with quality materials and craftsmanship, they offer a “custom” snowshoe at a “pre-fab” price. Model 121 Frame with QuickFit Binding and Deep Cleat shown. Starting at $230; Model 122 starts at $195. North Bennington, VT — (802) 753-1174 — dionsnowshoes.com

SkiErg from CONCEPT2
Since its humble beginnings, Concept2 has been making world-class training products here in Vermont. Brothers Dick and Peter Dreissigacker started building rowing oars in a Morrisville dairy barn in 1976 and since then, have expanded the product line to include the Concept2 Indoor Rower, the SkiErg and the new BikeErg. Plain and simple, the folks at Concept2 love what they do, and work hard every day to design and manufacture innovative, high-quality products. The Concept2 SkiErg provides a quality aerobic workout while building ski-specific strength and endurance. Whether you’re an elite cross-country skier looking to improve your poling power, a weekend enthusiast wanting to get into shape for the ski season, or just someone looking for a great workout, the SkiErg will help you achieve your goals. $770 SkiErg (wall mount option), additional $180 SkiErg Floor Stand (shown). Morrisville, VT — 800-245-5676 — concept2.com/ski

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