The fashion-obsessed shopper side of me likes to think of snowboarding as an opportunity to try colors and patterns that I wouldn't normally wear. Strangely enough, I never knew white pants were my thing until I saw them in snowboarding gear form. (I also never knew my legs could twist in so many directions while wearing said pants, but that's another story.) You don't necessarily need to match your jacket and pants to your gear, though a little bit of coordination is always good (both in the sartorial sense and the, um, sliding down a mountain sense). I've selected 10 essentials for anyone who's looking to invest in their own snowboarding accessories, from boots and bindings to goggles and gloves, and don't worry- you can almost always find these exact items on sale. Hot chocolate not included! See the slideshow for all of my picks.