It’s that time of year again–the chill is in the open air letting you know winter has arrived! That means it’s time to seize the opportunity to get the most out of outdoor winter activities. It might be freezing outside but if you love spending time in the beautifully wintry natural setting with your friends and family, as we do, then you’re in the right place! I’m going to help you choose the right gear and equipment for outdoor shenanigans that will match not only your needs and style, but your budget. Here’s a compilation of the best deals from REI, a leader in award-winning outdoor gear.

Getting Ready For the Mountain Slopes 

No winter outdoor activities discussion can start without the two most popular winter sports: skiing and snowboarding. As naturalist John Muir once said, “The mountains are calling and (you) must go”! Here’s your snow sports checklist to make sure you’re never unprepared for those glorious white hills!

First off, a warm, high quality jacket is essential for protecting your body from the freezing temperatures. For our male friends, the Marmot Zeus Dablam down jacket should more than do the job. It comes in four colors colors and comes out to less than $150 with the REI coupon code for up to 50% off everything winter.  For the ladies, I chose the NorthFace Denali fleece jacket in white–-I love bright colors in the winter- and saved more than $50. Check out REI online and choose from a myriad of styles and colors for men’s, women’s and kids’ jackets and slash up to half off sticker prices.

There’s no way to have fun in the outdoors unless your feet are warm and comfy in a good pair of winter boots. At you can browse a wide selection of premium quality winter and ski boots. For our stylish little girls I picked up the cute, warm and waterproof  winter boot for just $41.93, and for our adventurous little boys, the Sorel Yoot Pac boots with savings over $20 with Couponology 30% off REI footwear coupon. For the real passionate ski- lovers we picked the Salomon Quest Access X55 W ski boot for women–both adorable and absolutely stylish–at 33% off! Finally, for our male athletes, the best choice is the sturdy pair of Salomon Impact 90 ski boots in black/nickel. Almost-best part? They’re 46% off!

I’ve set a starting point to get you ready for your outdoors activities  but you have to experience the variety for yourself! Head on to for winter gear now and year-round gear later–who knows how long these savings will last?

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