A note about gear lists: Remember, nothing can ruin a day in the outdoors faster than having the wrong clothes for the weather at hand. All our programs, especially backcountry skiing, are subject to rapid and severe changes in the weather. Select garments that are warm, lightweight and durable. Generally speaking, the best arrangement is to think in terms of layers – a system that dries quickly, allow flexibility and resists wind, water and abrasion. All of us have different tolerances for heat or cold; for example, you might choose warmer gloves than specified here if you tend to get cold hands. If you have doubts about a specific garment’s appropriateness confer with your guide in advance about conditions you are most likely to experience. In many circumstances we have recommended specific products or brand names. There are many comparable products out there: these are only personal favorites. We are more than happy to advise you on equipment if you have questions.
|Hat (warm)||Wool or Synthetic Ski Hat||Patagonia Beanie Hat|
|Hat (sun)||Baseball Hat||NCMG Trucker Hat|
|Gloves (light)||For skinning and warmer weather||Black Diamond Arc Glove|
|Gloves (warm)||For skiing and colder weather||Black Diamond Spark Glove|
|Socks (ski)||Wool or synthetic; boot-top height||Patagonia ultra lightweight snow socks|
|Jacket (softshell)||Breathable and water resistant||Patagonia Reconnaissance Jacket|
|Jacket (insulation)||Synthetic or down insulation||Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody|
|Long Underwear Top (lightweight||Lightweight or silkweight synthetic or wool||Patagonia Capilene or Merino|
|Fleece top (midweight)||Midweight synthetic or wool||Patagonia R1 Hoody|
|Pants (softshell||Breathable and water resistant||Patagonia Kniferidge Pants|
|Long Underwear Bottoms (light)||Lightweight or silkweight synthetic or wool||Patagonia Capilene or Merino|
For All Trips / Courses that involve snowmobile transportation AND for any trip with forecast precipitation. Extra clothing can be left at the snowmobile during the ski tour.
|Jacket (waterproof hardshell)||Worn over your layers for added warmth during the snowmobile ride||Patagonia Triolet or M10 Jackets|
|Pants (waterproof hardshell)||Worn over your softshell pants for added warmth during the snowmobile ride||Patagonia Untracked Pants|
|Pants (insulated)||Optional Nice to have for the snowmobile ride|
|Extra Layer||Optional With colder temps to insure that you are warm during the snowmobile ride|
|Skis / Split Board||
Skis – Alpine touring or telemark. Generally >105mm waist width for midwinter conditions and 80-95mm waist width for spring conditions. Rockered construction is highly recommended.
Splitboard – snowshoes generally do not provide adequate flotation.
Boards – Any modern splitboard and bindings will work.
|Boots||Appropriate boots for your set up. Ski boots should have a walk / ski mechanism||Dynafit TLT 6 / Dynafit Khion|
Skiers – Adjustable 2-piece poles
Riders – Collapsible 3-piece poles
|Skiers – Black Diamond Traverse Poles
Riders – Black Diamond Compactor Ski Poles
|Climbing Skins||Properly trimmed to fit your skis.||Black Diamond Mohair Mix Skins|
|Ski Strap||Rubber ski strap.||Voile ski straps|
|Shovel||Aluminum, NO plastic||Backcountry Access B-2 EXT|
|Transceiver||Less than 5 years old, digital 3 antenna||Backcountry Access Tracker 3|
|Probe||240cm or longer||Backcountry Access Stealth series probes|
|Ski Pack||~30-35 liter capacity with a separate storage area for avalanche rescue tools||Backcountry Access Float 32 (airbag pack). Patagonia Snowdrifter (non-airbag)|
|Headlamp||Lightweight LED model||Black Diamond Storm|
|Water Bottles and/or thermos||At least 2 liters of fluid in watertight containers. Hydration bladder hoses will likely freeze if not well insulated.|
|Sunglasses||UVA & UVB protection|
|Goggles||Light colored lenses designed for flat light|
|Sun Protection||Sunscreen and SPF lip balm|
|Blister Kit||A small amount of moleskin and tape|
|Repair Kit||Light and specific to your bindings. Please note that your guide will be carrying a complete repair kit|
|Food||Foods that are calorically dense and adequate quantities for a long day|
|Helmet||Optional Make sure you have a good system for attaching to your pack|