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Stylish, high-tech snow gear

Neve Designs commissions original vintage-inspired artwork for limited-edition

Neve Designs commissions original vintage-inspired artwork for limited-edition pieces in the Prima Belle line, like this ski racer top in merino wool, silk and spandex, $149; look for the line at Paragon Sports, Manhattan, moosemtntradingco.com and nevedesigns.com. Photo Credit: Handout

Whether you're hitting the slopes or braving a blizzard in your own backyard, we've collected some of the latest gear to keep you feeling warm -- and looking hot.

Descente's Prism jacket in the Platinum line has
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Descente's Prism jacket in the Platinum line has a Heat Navi system (converting sunlight into heat via carbon molecules in the fabric) and light-weight Thinsulate microfiber insulation; $1,300 at descente.com.

Gordini’s got you covered, in the warmest way,
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Gordini’s got you covered, in the warmest way, when it comes to gloves, like with the Da Gore Goose IV Mitt, $85,new this season, surrounding your hands with Naturaloft insulation (70 percent goose down and 30 percent waterfowl feathers), Hydrowick lining and a Gore-Tex waterproof, windproof insert. Or try this Gordini Stomp II Zip, just $50 (pictured), with new “SmartThumb” technology allowing you to release your thumb (thanks to a waterproof zipper) to get at your phone or other touchscreen devices while other fingers stay toasty; both at gordini.com.

Luxury skiwear maker Spyder takes your comfort seriously,
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Luxury skiwear maker Spyder takes your comfort seriously, starting with the base layer--here, the men's Diamond Soft top that wicks moisture and, thanks to its soft-compression fit, reduces chafing and increases blood flow; $50 at spyder.com (where you'll also find a list of local retailers).

Neve Designs commissions original vintage-inspired artwork for limited-edition
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Neve Designs commissions original vintage-inspired artwork for limited-edition pieces in the Prima Belle line, like this ski racer top in merino wool, silk and spandex, $149; look for the line at Paragon Sports, Manhattan, moosemtntradingco.com and nevedesigns.com.

Obermeyer's kidswear is as eye-catching as its adult
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Obermeyer's kidswear is as eye-catching as its adult gear, with one special advantage: the patented, every-parent's-fantasy "I-Grow" system, where you just snip colored threads to lengthen sleeves and extend garment wear. The Kismet jacket is $129.50 at Sno-Haus, Hempstead, and obermeyer.com.

New this season, the Jada pullover from the
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New this season, the Jada pullover from the Sport Layers collection by Sunice, with contrast flatlock stitching, reflective zipper tape and close-fit in poly/spandex; about $99 at Sundown Ski & Snowboard, Greenvale; Sno-Haus, Huntington; mrs-golf.com, buckmans.com, or for info visit sunice.com.

A puffy. . .skirt? French sportswear brand Eider
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A puffy. . .skirt? French sportswear brand Eider offers this sporty-chic hybrid, perfect for the lodge--or the mall; $99.95 at Sundown Ski & Snowboard, in Greenvale, Levittown, Farningdale and Lake Grove; Heli Sport, Huntington; Sno-Haus, Huntington and Hempstead; Paragon Sports, Manhattan; and backcountry.com, or for more info visit eider.com.

High-end luxury sportswear brand Killy, named for 1960s
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High-end luxury sportswear brand Killy, named for 1960s French alpine champ Jean-Claude Killy, offers serious downhill dudes the Spartacus jacket, an exceptional piece featuring Dermizax NX fabric (designed to be breathable yet waterproof), Primaloft insulation (a waterproof alternative to down), and body mapping technology (providing more insulation where your body needs more warmth, like the core, and less insulation where it's not needed, like arms); $999.95, look for the line at Sundown Ski and Snowboard, Lake Grove; Paragon Sports, Manhattan; and paragonsports.com.

Fashionistas who dare to step outside the lodge
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Fashionistas who dare to step outside the lodge will want protection in a chic package--if that's you, look no further than these unisex Gucci 1653 goggles; $195 at select Solstice Sunglasses shops and solsticesunglasses.com.

Rossignol saves animals by using recycled fur, like
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Rossignol saves animals by using recycled fur, like in this down jacket; $1,250 at sierratradingpost.com and store.colesport.com.

Swany encourages you to recycle its Eco-Circle gloves:
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Swany encourages you to recycle its Eco-Circle gloves: Buy a pair, and when worn out mail them back to Swany (they even provide the envelope). They recycle the materials into new gloves or carpet padding, and you get a 10 percent discount on your next pair; $35 to $70 at Sho-Haus, Hempstead, Paragon Sports, Manhattan, and swanyamerica.com.

Popular sports equipment and pack-makers Dakine launched their
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Popular sports equipment and pack-makers Dakine launched their first ski outerwear line this season, which includes the men's Zone Jacket, in vibrant color-blocks with a mid-weight, two-layer shell built for changing conditions; $299 at dakine.com.

Rock on, all you snowboarders, with the rock-steady
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Rock on, all you snowboarders, with the rock-steady Hi-Standard boot from Vans, for men and women, featuring a new, fresh ClassicLite outsole (for improved performance); $179.95 at backcountry.com or visit snow.vans.com for more info and local retailers.

Snow sports lovers determined to stay warm can
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Snow sports lovers determined to stay warm can turn to Seirus Innovation, makers of essential cold-weather accessories like gloves, hats and masks. This season, they offer the all-new HeatTouch Gloves ($199 and up), which are waterproof, super-light and equipped with a push button that activates a battery-charged heating system (good for six hours); SoundTouch liners and gloves ($19.99 and up) with special touchscreen-functional fingertips; and the Neofleece Combo Scarf ($22.99 and up), like something out of a haute horror movie, but actually a clever soft face/neck mask to protect you from wind and UV rays; all at seirus.com.

Half pipe champ Roz Groenewoud collaborated with Scott
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Half pipe champ Roz Groenewoud collaborated with Scott on its zebra- and lace-print Roz G. Signature Off-Grid Goggles--they're helmet-compatible and come in two lenses (for low or varying light); $130 at backcountry.com (or visit scott-sports.com for more info).

Soul Poles are made of bamboo, a rapidly
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Soul Poles are made of bamboo, a rapidly growing renewable resource, with recycled plastic grips and baskets, and hemp straps; $125 and up at Surefoot, Manhattan, and soulpoles.com.

A good run starts from the ground up,
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A good run starts from the ground up, with high-tech socks like Descente's 3D Sox Plus+, with extra padding on shins and "taping" lines down major calf muscles to reduce vibration, fatigue and muscle strain; $45 at descente.com.

Nobody likes to say the
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Nobody likes to say the "A" word, but avalanches happen, even in the lower-lying peaks of the Northeast. So if you're serious about heading into back country, you need protection. Dakine has partnered with safety pioneers ABS Airbag Systems to create the Altitude ABS bags, standard ski packs that can be detached from the harness and replaced with an ABS Vario Base Unit (complete with two 85-liter airbags)--when disaster strikes, a quick tug deploys the bags, expanding your overall volume (and research has shown the larger your volume, the more likely you'll be propelled to the surface in an avalanche and not buried); $190 and up at dakine.com. (ABS airbags, about $980, sold separately.)

Take time to enjoy the view, in Neve's
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Take time to enjoy the view, in Neve's super stylish gear--on her, the merino wool 1/4 zip sweater, $139; on him, wool-blend full-zip sweater, $264. Look for the line at Paragon Sports, Manhattan, amazon.com, skis.com and nevedesigns.com.

A good run starts from the ground up,
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A good run starts from the ground up, with high-tech socks like Descente's 3D Sox Plus+, with extra padding on shins and "taping" lines down major calf muscles to reduce vibration, fatigue and muscle strain; $45 at descente.com.

UV rays are just as dangerous on the
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UV rays are just as dangerous on the slopes as they are on the beach. For every 1,000 feet above sea level you ascend, UV radiation exposure increases about 5 percent--that's a nearly 15 percent increase atop Killington, plus snow reflects up to 80 percent of UV light, meaning you often get zapped twice by the same rays. Coal Headwear's balaclava specially designed for under helmets and this knit clava (in a wide variety of colors), keep you warm and protected; $20 and up at coalheadwear.com and zappos.com.

Vintage alpine style from the 1970s comes alive
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Vintage alpine style from the 1970s comes alive this season as Obermeyer revives designs inspired by those found in its archives, like this cotton-blend Eskimo Kisses sweater, which comes in a range of colors; $99.50 at obermeyer.com.

Talk about a goggle like no other--the Zeal
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Talk about a goggle like no other--the Zeal Optics HD Camera Goggle allows you to document every shred, leap and close encounter with a pine tree, thanks to a built-in HD camera that captures quality video and 8 megapixel photos--best of all, you never have to take off your gloves; $399 at Sundown Ski & Snowboard, in Greenvale, Levittown, Farningdale and Lake Grove; Snow Shed, Port Jefferson, Heli Sport, Huntington; Paragon Sports, Manhattan; and zealoptics.com.

Snowboarding meets skateboarding in this year's Joystick Snowboard
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Snowboarding meets skateboarding in this year's Joystick Snowboard from Burton, featuring retro New York skateboarding photography from the 2010 book "Full Bleed," plus "Squeezebox" technology (thicker and thinner sections add snap to tip and tail on turns, ollies and other gravity-defying tricks); $499.95 at authorized Burton dealers and burton.com.

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