1 – Pure City Cycle – $299-$499
Your lady may not be an all-weather rider yet, but this bike will make biking a breeze. Its lightweight frame and aesthetic perks could convert even the pickiest of new riders. She may not be joining you on a 50 mile ride any time soon, but with the slightest hint of sunshine, she will be eager to hop on this beauty for treks around town.
2 – Best Women’s Travel Writing – $20
Keep her inspired with this incredible collection of travel stories by women from around the world. This book offers essays and anecdotes that will make her laugh, cry, and yearn for more adventure. And it contains an essay from one of Boulder’s best travel writers, Jamie Moye. You might even have the right connections to get Jamie to sign a copy, giving it that extra special touch.
3 – Bern Brighton EPS Helmet – $60
Keep her noggin’ safe with this sleek and versatile helmet. The clean lines and lightweight construction of this helmet give it the comfort and ease that is perfect for a newer rider. It has a removable visor to suit her style and has Bern’s All Season liner system, making it snowsports savvy as well (see below).
4 – Body Bark Long Sleeve Top – $69
One of the most challenging things as a new adventurer is knowing what to wear and when. Staying toasty in a variety of cold weather climates can make or break an experience and often times wearing wool is key to this piece of the puzzle. Protect her skin from itchy wool with body bark’s many layering options. These “invisible layers” can be worn as an undergarment as well as a stand alone top. Body Bark is made in the USA from sustainable beech trees-micro modal, resulting in a ridiculously soft addition to any woman’s winter wardrobe.
5 – Stabilicers Lite Traction Devices – $22
Hiking doesn’t have to stop in the winter months but it is a lot more comfortable for fair weather hikers with some kind of traction system. Keep her from slipping and sliding down the trails with these invaluable footwear additions. These babies will make her confident and comfortable while you both explore all kinds of winter terrain. And if she is a runner, she no longer has to be a slave to the treadmill at the gym on snowy days.
6 – Völkl Nunataq Skis – $699
She has probably been using rentals or used skis for the past few seasons and new skis are the perfect way to inspire her to get to the next level. The Nunataqs are backcountry skis that are ready to take on groomers and powder alike. These skis will give her the tools she needs to explore some serious powder, making back-country exploration just an avy-class away. A novice doesn’t actually know the difference between good and average ski gear until she tries the good stuff, so be sure you are ready; as you will probably create a gear snob, and isn’t that a happy problem to have?
7 – Marker Tour F12 Bindings – $429
If she is getting new skis and you are interested in getting her in the back-country, these bindings will do the trick. The versatility of these bindings is spot on. Not only will she be comfortable in-bounds, but they will give her the power needed to explore some romantic Colorado huts this season.
8 – Osprey Talon 33 Backpack – $130
Get her ready for summer adventures with this versatile pack. This pack is big enough for light summer overnight trips and small enough for quicker day hikes. This pack will keep her comfy and dry with its Airscape back panel design and gender specific harness adjustments. She can also use this pack to stow all her safety gear when back-country touring in the winter.
9 – Boulder Rock Club Punch Pass – $155
Give her the indoor experience she needs now, so she will be ready to explore some outdoor terrain this spring and summer. Practice is key when getting her more comfortable climbing and the Boulder Rock Club provides a safe and unintimidating environment to explore the edges of her comfort zone and push her to the next level.
10 – Massage – $80-$200
What better way to reward your gal for going on crazy adventures than with a massage. Yeah, it may be a bit cliché, but have you ever heard anyone say, “man, I hate getting massages”. Some of my favorite spas are the St. Julien, The Lodge at Vail, and the Viceroy in Snowmass. They offer a great massage as well as an incredibly memorable experience. Why not treat yourself as well and book a couples massage?