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  • Snowshoes (one set per person)
  • Snowshoe poles or trekking/Nordic walking poles with snow baskets (one set per person)
  • Waterproof boots & wool socks (one pair per person)
  • Jacket, pants, base layers (wool suggested), hat, and gloves or mittens
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm with SPF (30+)
  • 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
  • Permits or park passes
  • 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)
  • Bungee cord or prepackaged repair kit
  • Camera , binoculars, watch and compass
  • Headlamp or flashlight (extra batteries)
  • Knife or multi-tool
  • Whistle or other noise maker
  • Snacks - Trail mix is my favorite. Granola or energy bars are great too.
  • Change of clothing, water and snacks for afterwards
  • Other items you may want to consider (many of these are only if you are going off trail skiing):

Balaclava or neck gaiter
Spare socks
Snow shovel
Cell phone
Ice Axe
Avalanche Transceiver
Two-way radios
Water filter
Emergency fire starter
Extra day of food supplies
Emergency shelter (tent, tarp or emergency blanket)
Hand warmers or foot warmers (HeatMax or Grabber suggested)
Is your dog coming with? Doggy poop bags.