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BACKCOUNTRY SKIING DAY TRIP LIST

 

  • Skis with bindings (one set per person)

Have your skis been used lately? Make sure they are tuned and waxed if necessary.

  • Ski wax, skin wax, waxing tools
  • Climbing Skins (one set per per person)
  • Ski crampons (one set per person)
  • Ski poles & boots (one set per person)
  • Downhill ski socks (one pair per person – wool suggested)
  • Jacket (consider one with Recco), snow pants, base layers (wool suggested), hat, and gloves or mittens.

If it’s cold or windy out, consider a balaclava or neck gaiter.

  • Goggles or sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm with SPF (30+)
  • Helmet (one per person)
  • Backpack or Hydration Pack (depending on how serious a venture you’re making) 
  • Filled water bottle (If not bringing a hydration pack)
  • Credit card, cash and photo ID
  • Lift Ticket and Mountain Map 
  • Map or trail/route guide book (with waterproof case or in Ziploc bag)

Tell someone where you are going as well or leave an itinerary in your car.

  • First-Aid Kit (Adventure Medical Kits suggested)
  • Matches and/or lighter in waterproof container
  • Duct Tape (smaller amounts available in camping section)
  • Camera , binoculars, multifunction watch and compass
  • Headlamp or flashlight and extra batteries
  • Knife or multi-tool
  • Whistle or other noise maker and signaling mirror
  • Avalanche transceiver
  • Probe
  • Slope meter and snowpit analysis kit
  • Snow shovel
  • Water filter
  • Emergency fire starter
  • Extra day of food supplies
  • Emergency shelter (tent, tarp or emergency blanket)
  • Snacks – energy bars, gels, chews and trail mix are easy choices.
  • Change of clothing, water and snacks for afterwards
  • Other items you may want to consider:

Gaiters
Cell or satellite phone
GPS
Two-way radios
Spare socks
Airbag pack (such as Avalung)
Ice Axe
Hand warmers or foot warmers (HeatMax or Grabber suggested)