No matter how experienced a backcountry skier you are, it’s crucial to triple-check your equipment before you head out for your first tour of the season. From battery corrosion in your beacon to damaged skins, a lot can happen when your gear isn’t used for months. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, here are some of the steps I take to make sure my touring kit is dialed after a summer in hibernation.
Note: It is strongly recommended that you take an American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education course before recreating in the backcountry for the first time. You can sign up for a class here.
Associate gear editor Kelly Klein recommends:
Ortovox Freerider 26 S Pack ($200)
Pomoca Climb 2.0 Skins ($170)
Ortovox Shovel Pro Light ($70)
Ortovox ALU 240 Light ($56)
Smith Liberty Helmet ($220)
Mammut Barryvox S ($550)