Backcountry Skiing/Riding

Equipment List

EQUIPMENT LIST – BACKCOUNTRY SKIING DAY TRIPS

TRIPS COVERED BY THIS LIST:

  • Washington Pass Backcountry Skiing
  • Stevens Pass Backcountry Skiing
  • Women’s Backcountry Skiing Clinics

A NOTE ABOUT EQUIPMENT LISTS: Nothing can ruin a trip faster than having the wrong gear for the conditions at hand.  All our programs 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, please talk to your guide in advance about conditions you are most likely to experience. This list is built for a trip with an unsettled weather forecast.  With a good weather forecast some of these items may be left behind to save weight. 

CLOTHING

Head, Hands & Feet

  • Warm Hat 
  • Sun Hat 
  • Buff
  • Lightweight Gloves (for uphill; softshell)
  • Heavyweight Gloves (for downhill; waterproof and breathable)
  • Ski Socks

Upper Body Layers

  • Lightweight Base Layer Top
  • Lightweight Fleece jacket
  • Softshell Jacket with Hood
  • Puffy Jacket with Hood
  • optional: Hardshell Jacket (recommended during heavy snow forecasts)

Lower Body Layers

  • Lightweight Baselayer Bottom
  • Softshell or Hardshell Pants

ACCESORIES

  • Backpack (30-40 Liters, designed for skiing)
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles

ACCESSORIES continued…

  • Sunscreen and spf lip balm
  • Water & Food (we strongly recommend not using drink hoses during winter trips)
  • Headlamp
  • Blister Kit
  • optional: Ski Helmet

SKI / RIDE 

  • Skis or Split Board (we recommend tech/pin bindings and skis > 105mm waist width for winter conditions)
  • Climbing Skins (sized and cut for your skis or board)
  • Ski or Snowboard Boots
  • Ski Poles (collapsible for split boarders)
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AVALANCHE SAFETY (these may be rented from NCMG)

  • Transceiver (3 antenna, less than 5 years old)
  • Shovel (metal blade required)
  • Probe (240cm or longer)