Help your sledder graduate from a snow tube ($89) to the Hammersled ($349). The sled has a strong aluminum frame and mesh seating for a comfortable ride. The skis are changeable to maximize performance on a groomed hill or in soft powder. Lie down, strap on your helmet ($85) and take off!
For the non-skiing snow enthusiast, we suggest a new pair of shoes -- snowshoes! The high-end MSR Snowshoes ($180-$259.95) are perfect for backcountry exploration or a hike through the year's first big snowfall. Their "Televator heel lifter" helps keep the strain of a hard climb from wearing out the calf muscles, and their bindings are easy to use and secure. The MSR Web site has a handy interactive selection guide that will aid you in picking a shoe that fits the foot and the terrain.
Caitlin Shamberg is a former multimedia editor at Salon.