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Heading to the mountains? Don't forget to pack these

Great new ski gear

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If you’re in an avalanche, the last thing you want to do is fumble with your safety beacon. That’s why the simplicity of the Ortovox Zoom Beacon – there’s only two buttons – is worth noting. One dial turns it on and off, the other flips it into search mode. Triple-antenna technology sweeps the area to detect the direction and distance of people buried, while an easy-to-read LED display is legible in bright light or pitch black conditions. $265; mec.ca

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When sunny days make way for snow, sleet and slush, it’s time to break out La Sportiva’s StormFighter GTX Jacket. Made from lightweight, breathable Gore-Tex fabric, it is completely waterproof and comes with an adjustable hood and fleece chin guard to protect against brisk winds. Slide the adjustable Velcro-less cuffs into your gloves for added warmth. $379 (U.S.); sportiva.com

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Keep your digits extra toasty in Mountain Hardwear’s Jalapeno Mitts. Designed to fit more delicate female hands (there’s also a men’s version), the insulated goatskin leather gloves have a durable outer layer. Kevlar stitching allows for maximum dexterity when shushing down the slopes or getting your gear off and on the chair lift. $130; mountainhardwear.com

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