Snowboard: Chorus ($435; 800-305-4138 or
Most manufacturers are content to offer one or two women's specific models. But Chorus has built an entire company around women's boards and clothing. Of particular interest is its Sidewall 55, a soft flexing, narrow profile board with a Poplar and aspen laminate core for all-conditions performance.

The Mountain: Breckenridge, Colorado (800-789-7669 or
Persistent sunshine, perfectly manicured trails, and a robust nightlife make Breck our choice for any skier, male or female, seeking to tan and turn by day, twist and shout by night.

Skier/Rider Profile: Hits the slopes to relax and unwind. Prefers wide, well-groomed runs, where you can carve easy turns and soak up some sun.
Gear Profile: Stable and smooth are the hallmarks of good cruising sticks. A bit more sidecut than their all-mountain cousins means that linking perfect arcs will soon become second nature.

Ski: Volant Gravity 68 ($599; 800-611-0609 or
Famous for its slick-looking metal top cap, Volant lays claim to the Gravity 68, one of this season's finest cruising skis. All that steel isn't just for show; it actually lends the Gravity 68 a heap of torsional power, giving the ski remarkable stability at all speeds. Despite such composure, it's an energetic ski that loves turning both short and long.