Equipment List For Backcountry Skiing Courses

This is a list of everything Backcountry Alpine Guides recommends for students of it’s Backcountry Ski Courses.

Contact your instructor for information about Gear Nights.

Rentals available


Touring Gear

Equipment
Ski poles
Description
  • Adjustable Ski poles with powder (big) baskets
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Equipment
Powder Baskets
Description
  • Powder (big) baskets
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Equipment
Skis
DescriptionSkis or snowboard. Skis should be equipped with alpine touring bindings or telemark bindings. We prefer split decision snowboards w/ skins because you do not need snow shoes
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Equipment
Ski boots
DescriptionAlpine touring, telemark, or snowboard boots
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Equipment
Snowshoes
DescriptionSnowshoes for snowboarders
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Equipment
Glop Stopper
DescriptionSkins with glop stopper (skin wax)
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Equipment
Beacon
DescriptionAvalanche Beacon. (Triple Antenna)
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Equipment
Probe
DescriptionAvalanche Probe 265cm or longer
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Equipment
Shovel
DescriptionShovel
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Equipment
Helmet
DescriptionHelmet for riding and climbing adjustable to fit over hats
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Equipment Description Click to Buy/View Item Required
Ski poles
  • Adjustable Ski poles with powder (big) baskets
Powder Baskets
  • Powder (big) baskets
Skis
  • Skis or snowboard. Skis should be equipped with alpine touring bindings or telemark bindings. We prefer split decision snowboards w/ skins because you do not need snow shoes
Ski boots
  • Alpine touring, telemark, or snowboard boots
Snowshoes
  • Snowshoes for snowboarders
Glop Stopper
  • Skins with glop stopper (skin wax)
Beacon
  • Avalanche Beacon. (Triple Antenna)
Probe
  • Avalanche Probe 265cm or longer
Shovel
  • Shovel
Helmet
  • Helmet for riding and climbing adjustable to fit over hats

Upper Body

Equipment
T-shirts
Description
  • Lightweight base layer T-shirt or long sleeve polypropylene shirt
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Equipment
Jacket
Description
  • Soft Shell
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Description
  • 1 Down/synthetic jacket with hood
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Description
  • 1 Hard shell jacket with hood Waterproof and breathable. roomy enough to fit over multiple layers.
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Equipment Description Click to Buy/View Item Required
T-shirts
  • Lightweight base layer T-shirt or long sleeve polypropylene shirt
Jacket
  • Soft Shell
  • 1 Down/synthetic jacket with hood
  • 1 Hard shell jacket with hood Waterproof and breathable. roomy enough to fit over multiple layers.

Hands

Equipment
Gloves
Description
  • 1 pair light gloves
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Description
  • Shell gloves or mitts
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Equipment Description Click to Buy/View Item Required
Gloves
  • 1 pair light gloves
  • Shell gloves or mitts

Head

Equipment
Warm hat
Description
  • Warm hat Wool or synthetic
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Equipment
Balaclava or Buff
Description
  • Fleece, wool, or synthetic.
  • Be sure it covers ears well, and will not easily blow away
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Equipment
Shade hat or baseball cap
Description
  • Outdoor Research Shady 7 Panel Trucker Hat
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Equipment Description Click to Buy/View Item Required
Warm hat
  • Warm hat Wool or synthetic
Balaclava or Buff
  • Fleece, wool, or synthetic.
  • Be sure it covers ears well, and will not easily blow away
Shade hat or baseball cap
  • Outdoor Research Shady 7 Panel Trucker Hat

Lower Body

Equipment
Socks
Description
  • 1 pair heavy wool/synthetic socks Check boot fit with liner and wool socks on
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Equipment
Pants
Description
  • Soft shell pants
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Description
  • Shell pants Waterproof/breathable with full side zips, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best
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Equipment Description Click to Buy/View Item Required
Socks
  • 1 pair heavy wool/synthetic socks Check boot fit with liner and wool socks on
Long underwear
  • 1 pair lightweight long underwear
Pants
  • Soft shell pants
  • Shell pants Waterproof/breathable with full side zips, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best

Packs

Equipment
Backpack
DescriptionInternal frame pack 2000-2500 cubic inch capacity, avoid unnecessary options that add weight
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Equipment Description Click to Buy/View Item Required
Backpack
  • Internal frame pack 2000-2500 cubic inch capacity, avoid unnecessary options that add weight

Miscellaneous Equipment

Equipment
Googles and Sunglasses
Description
  • Googles and Sunglasses 100% UV protection
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Equipment
First aid kit
Description
  • Personal first aid kit Basics: moleskin/blister kit, Band-Aids, first-aid tape, ibuprofen, personal medications, etc
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Equipment
Lip balm
Description
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Equipment
Sunscreen
DescriptionSunscreen At least SPF 40
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Equipment
Headlamp
Description
  • Headlamp compact LED
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Equipment
Water bottles
Description
  • 2 water bottles 1 liter wide-mouth Nalgene and 1 bottle holster
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Equipment
Multi-tool
Description
  • Multi-tool
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Equipment
Bandana
Equipment
Hand wipes
Description
  • Sanitising Hand And Surface Wipes
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Equipment
Thermos (Optional)
Description
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional)
Equipment
Food
Description
  • Lunch & snack food(no more than 2 pounds)
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Equipment
Camera
Equipment
Guidebook and Map
Description
  • Beacon Snoqualmie Pass Guidebook and Map
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Equipment
Compass, GPS or GPS app
Description
  • Compass, GPS or GPS app
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Equipment Description Click to Buy/View Item Required
Googles and Sunglasses
  • Googles and Sunglasses 100% UV protection
First aid kit
  • Personal first aid kit Basics: moleskin/blister kit, Band-Aids, first-aid tape, ibuprofen, personal medications, etc
Lip balm
  • Lip balm At least SPF 20
Sunscreen
  • Sunscreen At least SPF 40
Headlamp
  • Headlamp compact LED
Water bottles
  • 2 water bottles 1 liter wide-mouth Nalgene and 1 bottle holster
Multi-tool
  • Multi-tool
Bandana
Hand wipes
  • Sanitising Hand And Surface Wipes
Thermos (Optional)
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional)
Food
  • Lunch & snack food(no more than 2 pounds)
Camera
Guidebook and Map
  • Beacon Snoqualmie Pass Guidebook and Map
Compass, GPS or GPS app
  • Compass, GPS or GPS app