It may not have snowed here yet, but we all have winter fever.  It’s always disheartening when you live in a ski town with no snow.  Folks who depend on snow for their winter jobs can’t go to work and everyone that wants to ski is anxious.  This leads an entire city of alcoholic extremists into a deep depression that certainly isn’t helped by darkness at 4:30 in the afternoon.

What it makes me do is think about all the things I wish I could buy right now for this winter season.

1.  See that green jacket I’m wearing up there?  I’ve had it for as long as I can remember.  It’s been with me for most of my ski seasons.  It’s still just as amazing as ever, except that I’m sick of it and it’s dirty.  What I’m lusting after is the exact same jacket in a sweet new blue.  The Arc’teryx Sidewinder is the ultimate shell for me and has proven itself worthy over the last six ski seasons: a watertight offset zipper, an integrated powder skirt, a helmet compatible hood that hides away when not in use, an incredibly durable flat nylon exterior that has taken more than one tumble, and most importantly, it regulates my insane temperature swings like nobody’s business with 3 Layer Gore-Tex fabric and little to no insulation.  Just look at that gorgeous shade of blue.  I want it so bad.

2.  The Midland GXT1000VP4 36 Mile 50-Channel Two Way Radio Set is going to make it significantly easier for me to talk to athletes I’m photographing on the mountain.  Cell phones require un-gloved hands and sometimes cell reception is spotty to non-existent here in Tahoe.  With a wide range and great reviews from skiers who have used them in wet heavy snowfall with no problems, these are number one on my Christmas-Wish-List-of-Things-that-People-Can-Actually-Afford-to-Buy.

3.  I have a lack of puffies in my life and Mountain Hardware‘s Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket is just the piece to fill that void.  It’s the lightest full-featured down jacket on the market, weighing in at 7 oz despite its features: 850-fill goose down, zip-pockets and a cinch hem.

4.  Nikon 70-200/2.8  – I can’t afford this yet so I have a feeling I’m going to be renting it an awful lot this winter to shoot adventure photography.

5.  The POW Photog Gloves are the second step to solving a serious problem I had all last winter: freezing hands (the first step, by the way, is becoming a skier).    With sticky rubber on the palms to help you grip your gear and foldable finger tips for full dexterity, I can wear these solo on warmer days or stuffed inside a heavier glove on super cold ones.

6.  The Induro Carbon Fiber Monopod – light enough to schlep up the hill, heavy enough to get tack sharp images.