Diane Boyer knows mountains. Serious mountains. Style, too.

The two came together in 2010, "when I took my daughter to the Himalayas in Nepal, and as we trekked to the base camp of Mount Everest we saw these words engraved in the mountainside," Boyer said.

"Om Mani Padme Hum," to be exact, a Tibetan mantra of compassion, repeated over and over on the cliffs.

Cue the lightbulb moment. She photographed the etchings, sure the swirling words would make a sleek -- and spiritual -- pattern for Skea, her family-owned, Colorado-based line of skiwear.

It's a way to honor that region, she says, and share the special feeling that comes from being in the mountains.

If you love to ski, snowboard, snowshoe or race outside at the sign of snowfall, then we've got the gear for you -- some technical and state-of-the-art, the rest designed to look good at the lodge.

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And that's the beauty of skiwear -- it'll keep you warm and dry, whether you head to the slopes ... or just want to look like you do.


Kevin Pearce is into helmet safety. Now that he's conscious. "They say I would've died if I didn't have my helmet on," he tells skiers and snowboarders. While practicing in 2009, the snowboarding champ and Olympic hopeful slammed his head into a Utah half-pipe, leaving him comatose for six days. After two years of intensive rehab, he relearned to talk, walk, eat -- and just last month went snowboarding for the first time.

So take a tip from Pearce -- wear a helmet. And get a new one if yours takes a hit. Most helmets are designed to withstand one impact only. One suggestion: RED'S HI-FI Frends Helmet has detachable ear pads, venting to keep you cool, air-pump padding and earphones -- plus a low fit, so you don't feel like you're wearing a melon; $149.95 at burton.com.