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
- 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:
Cell or satellite phone
Airbag pack (such as Avalung)
Hand warmers or foot warmers (HeatMax or Grabber suggested)