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A whole lot of new and a little bit of old are available at Ski Haus. The Salomon Custom Air helment, $180, includes an air pump system as well as a giant always-open vent on the top of the head that ushers heat out without letting cold in. The K2 SuperStitious ski, left, for $729.95, and the BBR 8.9, $699.95, include the newest in ski design. The Osprey insulated delivery system is a new product welcome by fans of the hydration system. The RaBamboo Ninja Grip poles, meanwhile, turn the page back, doing away with metal ski poles in favor of bamboo, for $95.

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