Don’t leave for your trip to the slopes without stocking up on all the necessary kit. We give you the low-down on your off-piste suitcase essentials…
Don’t even think about going off piste without one. Keep your beep charged at 90 per cent or more at all times.
Tracker DTS, £225
Probes start at 2m in length and are lightweight, collapsible and designed to stow easily in a backpack.
Super Tour Avalanche Probe, £39.99
Avalanched snow is typically packed solid so snowboards and hands are no substitute for a sturdy shovel. Store in the mesh panel of your pack. Shovels are handy tools for building kickers, too.
Deploy 3 Shovel, £49.99.
You’ll need something to cart this stuff around in, so get a backcountry pack that’s big and comfy enough to fit it all in, and has straps for you to attach your skis or board to
when you’re hiking.
Salomon E Loly, £50.
Previously considered a little kooky, more riders are wearing helmets to minimise the high risk of head injury. they’re not bad looking these days.
Giro Bad Lieutenant, £60.
Shades or goggles? sunglasses cut down the classic alpine panda tan, but if you lose your sunnies in the backcountry, you’ll be at the mercy of snow blindness a long way from home.
Scott Women’s Radiant, £49.99.
Granted, hardy mountaineers once climbed everest in tweeds and cloth caps, but there’s just no point any more. today’s Gore-tex fabrics allow your skin to breathe by letting out sweat while repelling the harsh elements of snow, rain and wind.
Try Mountain Hardwear’s Hooded Synchro Jacket, £179.99, and Tenacity XCR Pants, £199.99, plus Level’s Butterfly Glove, £65.
Wicking fabrics let your skin breathe and keep your body warm and dry. store extra layers in your pack for when the wind blows.
Peak Performance Base Zip, £55, and Base Tights, £40.
First Aid Kit
Don’t be helpless when your buddy’s in pain. Take a first aid kit and some basic knowledge whenever you head into the backcountry.
Lifesystems’ Mountain first aid kit, £21.99.
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