Backcountry Skiing/Riding

Equipment List

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.



Item Description Example
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


Snowmobile/Heavy Precipitation

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.

Item Description Example
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  


Ski/Ride Equipment

Item Description Example
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.

Skis – Midwinter: DPS Wailer 112. Spring: DPS Cassier 95 Tour 1.

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

SkiersBlack Diamond Traverse Poles

RidersBlack 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)



Item Description Example
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