December 8, 2013

John Christie: A gift guide for skiers and snowboarders

A practical list of good ideas for winter sports enthusiasts

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For footwear, there’s the rugged Eastland 1955 Edition Boots ($135-$225, eastlandshoe.com) for men and women. Modeled after iconic boot designs from the Freeport company’s 50-plus years of history, the boots combine retro style with modern function.

Even for friends and family that won’t be out on the slopes much, there are plenty of snow-related gifts. The most sensible is that of vicarious skiing and riding, of course. This fall saw a slew of new ski movie releases, and an evolution from some film companies into documentaries and more introspective films. Among this year’s crop, the real standout is "McConkey" ($30 hard copy, $12.99 digital, mcconkeymovie.com). The documentary looks at the legacy left behind by Shane McConkey, a pioneering freestyle skier who died tragically in 2009.

Sweetgrass Productions’ "Valhalla" ($29.95, $12.99 digital, www.sweetgrass-productions.com) is undoubtedly the best non-documentary ski movie of the year and feels inspired by the legacy of Maine ski filmmaker Greg Stump.

John Christie is a former ski racer and ski area manager and owner, a ski historian and member of the Maine Ski Hall of Fame. He and his son, Josh, write columns on alternating weeks. John can be reached at:

jchristie@fairpoint.net

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