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Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding Gear Checklist

Backcountry Checklist

  1. Backpack /Airbag
  2. Beacon
  3. Shovel - Compact to fit in your pack.
  4. Probe - Dedicated Avalanche Probe
  5. Climbing Skins
  6. Navigation Equipment – Map & Compass, GPS, Altimeter
  7. Down or Synthetic Jacket for Insulation
  8. Waterproof Shell
  9. Eye Protection - Sunglasses & Goggles
  10. Warm Hat
  11. Food
  12. Water
  13. Extra Gloves - Thinner and Thicker
  14. Extra Mid Layers
  15. Extra Base Layers
  16. Emergency Gear - First Aid Kit, Repair Kit, Bivy Sack, Headlamp
  17. Cell Phone, Radio or Satellite Phone
  18. Ski Straps

Also, don't forget extra batteries for your beacon, GPS, and headlamp, and make sure you have the right size(s). If you need them, you'll also be glad you brought ski crampons and toilet paper (with "blue bag").

We recommend that backcountry travelers take an AIARE Level One class or equivalent and practice the skills they learn there regularly with their partners. Here are some great resources for avalanche safety education:

— American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education
— American Avalanche Association
— Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center

You should carry an avalanche beacon, shovel and probe when travelling in avalanche terrain and know how to use them. Backcountry travel requires an acceptance of the risks involved (avalanches are not the only danger) and implies a willingness to take responsibility for educating oneself about these dangers and ways to mitigate them.

This is evo. We are a ski, snowboard, wake, skate, bike, surf, camp and clothing online retailer with physical stores in SeattlePortlandDenver, Salt Lake City, and Whistler. Our goal is to provide you with great information to make both your purchase and up-keep easy.

evo also likes to travel to remote places across the globe in search of world-class powder turns, epic waves, or legendary mountain biking locations through evoTrip Adventure Travel Trips. Or, if you prefer to travel on your own, check out our ski & snowboard resort travel guides, and mountain bike trail guides


Still have questions? Please give our customer care team a call at 866-386-1590, Customer Care Hours. They can help you find the right setup to fit your needs.