The basics of backcountry
Wait, so what exactly is backcountry skiing? Simply put, it involves trekking up (called “skinning up”) so you can ski back down. There’s nothing quite like navigating to snowy peaks, enjoying the view, then treating yourself to an uncrowded descent.
One big must-have for backcountry skiing is that you need the proper avalanche safety gear – and the know-how to use it. Make sure sign up for an avalanche safety training course before you hit the backcountry.
Get your gear on
Backcountry skiing means more preparation is needed than a standard ski day. You’ll need the right gear, like a waterproof-breathable jacket and pants, mid-layers, warm gloves, and moisture-wicking ski socks. Plus, goggles, a helmet and warm base layer to keep you comfortable as you float through powder that could be up to your knees. A dedicated ski backpack is key to staying organized with a separate compartment for avalanche safety gear and extra room for layers, snacks and other essential items.
Choosing your ski style
And of course, the most obvious item: skis… plus boots, bindings, poles and climbing skins. As you learn more about how to choose backcountry skis, think about the type of backcountry skiing you’re interested in, whether it’s alpine touring or more of the freeskiing angle. Our staff are always around to chat about what kind of terrain and snow you’ll be facing to recommend the right gear to make your outings fun, safe and successful.