Don’t leave the gates without avalanche education, a friend, and these critical must-haves.
This winter, everyone is predicting a pandemic-fueled surge in backcountry skiing. With people wanting to avoid crowds at ski resorts, there’s a good chance we’ll see more people strap skins to their skis and head uphill on their own power. Whether you’re new to the backcountry or you’ve been ski touring for decades, we all need to approach this winter responsibly. That means making sure new and returning backcountry users have all the information and tools they need to get out there safely.
Here at Flylow, we make outerwear designed specifically for backcountry skiing. Our gear is durable and waterproof enough for heavy use in the mountains but also light and breathable enough to climb those mountains on your own two feet. But a stormproof jacket and insulating layers aren’t the only things you need to climb and ski snow-covered peaks. We have a responsibility to make sure we’re not sending our loyal customers into the mountains unprepared.
The American Avalanche Institute has a great equipment list that you can print out and stick on the wall every time you leave your house to go backcountry skiing. Do a visual scan of the list before you go. (Skins? Beacon? Gloves? Check. Check. Check. ) To add to that, we put together our own list of some of the must-haves we love in the backcountry. Visit your local retailer for personalized service and to stock up on supplies.
Get Educated For Backcountry Skiing.
Whether you’re new to backcountry skiing or it’s been a while since you’ve taken a class, you’ll want to sign up for an avalanche safety course—some are taking place virtually now. And get used to checking the forecast from your local avalanche center. The Avalanche Forecast app is a good one to download and check daily in the winter while sipping your morning coffee.