Snowboard: Never Summer Premier t5
$465; (303) 320-1813 or www.neversummer.com.
Though it's as stable as the mountain you're riding, the Premier T5
maintains straight-razor responsiveness, thanks to a generous
sidecut radius and lively wood core. It's the perfect board for
ripping long, arcing, high-speed turns; still, it's versatile
enough for the occasional powder foray.
The Mountain: Cannon, New Hampshire
(603) 823-8800 or www.cannonmt.com.
Legendary among East Coast speed demons for its uncrowded,
impeccably groomed slopes and relentlessly steep pitch. If it's
good enough for double-medal Olympian Bode Miller (he grew up and
lives in nearby Franconia), it's good enough for us.
Sick of being force-fed gear designed
for the testosterone set. Knows that "unisex" is exactly that:
designed for one gender, and it's not hers.
Ski: Dynastar Exclusive 9 ($525; 802-764-6400 or www.dynastar.com.
Designed to put lighter skiers in a position that delivers more
pressure to the tip for greater control and better turn initiation,
the Exclusive 9 is an eager-but-easy carver. It's also extremely
smooth over choppy snow, and with an integrated shoulder pad for
painless carrying, makes getting to the slopes almost as comfy as
flying down them.