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No weather forecast is perfect, particularly when it comes to predicting pow. But if you start to recognize your fellow addicts in line for first chair at whatever ski area happens to be boasting the morning's biggest snowfall, you can thank — or blame — Joel Gratz and his Open Snow app for blowing it out. Download the free app for iOS or Android, then subscribe to Gratz's Colorado Daily Snow and set powder alerts for all of your favorite mountains. Gratz tends to really nerd out on all the relevant weather science and computer storm models, which you'll appreciate as you check the app obsessively every night and again every morning when the 5 a.m. snow-stake tallies go live. Whether he got it right or wrong, it'll give you something to chat about on the chairlift.

Alpine touring skis were all the rage this season for anyone looking to leave the chairlift lines behind, whether headed for the backcountry, the sidecountry, or just taking uphill-downhill laps at a local resort. Icelantic led the charge with its new Vanguard, a cambered ski with an early rise on the tip and tail, an ultralight core, and stark art by Todd Parr on top to let the local wildlife know you're one of their kind. The ski, a Freeskier magazine 2015 Editor's Pick and Skiing magazine 2015 Official Selection, will be back for 2015-2016 with updated art on the topsheet.

In a season when powder dumps were few and far between, Never Summer's playful Funslinger freestyle board hit the sweet spot. The slightly asymmetrical deck is light, spring-loaded and extra-flexible, and features Never Summer's patented "Ripsaw Rocker" rocker-camber hybrid shape. Translation? Perfect for throwing around in the terrain park and ideal for urban jib missions. Not too shabby in powder, either.

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