Packing Guide: Ski Touring
“Being able to trust yourself, your partners, and your equipment are fundamental to heading out on any sort of expedition, especially when traveling in the backcountry.“
*Scroll down for Packing Guide*
Words by Madison Rose Ostergren
SO, YOU WANT TO GO SKI TOURING…
You wake up early.
You bite into your handheld breakfast before the first glow of sun appears on the snow capped ridge lines.
You step out of your car and onto the ground which has five fresh inches of light, fluffy powder.
Your warm breath glistens in the cold, crisp air.
Your plan is to head into the backcountry and go for a ski tour. You know there are certain essential items that will keep you and your partners safe, and you’ve brought those with you.
In addition to the essential items & equipment, another vital piece of the formula is having the knowledge, background, and education needed to travel and ski safely in the backcountry.
Being able to trust yourself, your partners, and your equipment are fundamental to heading out on any sort of expedition, especially when traveling in the backcountry – where there are many risks involved, including avalanche danger, weather, variable conditions, exposure, etc.
With trust in yourself, your background, your experience, your knowledge, and with trust in your partner(s) and their experience & knowledge, it is now down to the final piece…
Trusting your equipment and gear.
Having the appropriate gear when traveling in the backcountry isn’t just for comfort and enjoyment. A lot of the items that are in my pack at all times are ESSENTIAL.
They aren’t only the difference between fun & misery, but also between life & death.
There are many courses and educational resources out there to equip you with the backcountry knowledge, avalanche awareness, and equipment know-how.
Knowing how to use this equipment & gear, in order to keep you and your partners safe and minimize risks, will allow you to go further.
SKI TOURING PACKING GUIDE
This is my packing list when heading out into the backcountry for a day trip ski tour:
- Osprey airbag avalanche backpack
- Avalanche Beacon
- Voilé ski straps
- 1 to 2 L of water
- Snacks and nutrition fuel (nothing beats a muffin and granola bars…)
This is my apparel and accessories list, either worn or stowed in my pack:
- Shell Jacket (Helly Hansen Odin 3L Jacket)
- Bib Pants (Helly Hansen Odin 3L Bib Shell Pants)
- Insulator (Helly Hansen Odin Hooded Stretch Insulator Jacket)
- Base Layers (Helly Hansen Lifa Merino top and bottom)
- Spare mittens/gloves
- Emergency medical kit
CHECK OUT MEN’S ODIN MOUNTAIN & LIFA MERINO COLLECTIONS:
CHECK OUT WOMEN’S ODIN MOUNTAIN & LIFA MERINO COLLECTIONS:
Ski touring can open up a whole new world of beautiful backcountry views and experiences, but with the adventure comes the responsibility of doing your homework, equipping yourself with gear you can trust, and surrounding yourself with knowledgeable and trustworthy adventure partners.
With those things in place, you’ll be ready to keep going further.
Thanks for reading!
Written by Madison Rose Ostergren. Images by Madison Rose Ostergren and Cam McLeod.
To learn more about what Madison does in the outdoors, you can keep up with her in the following places: