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    August 2020

    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.

     

    Woman backcountry skiing through forest.

     

    *Scroll down for Packing Guide*

     

    Words by Madison Rose Ostergren

    SO, YOU WANT TO GO SKI TOURING…

    You wake up early. 

    Real 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.

     

    Man ski touring uphill.

    Ski Touring can open up an entirely new world. Pro skier, Marcus Caston, shown here, loves the freedom that touring brings.

     

    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. 

     

    Ski touring group makes headway through snow-covered forest.

    A trustworthy group is priceless.

     

    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. 

    Further in.

    Further up.

     

    Woman removing ski skins from her skis.

    The transition: the hard trip up can make for an even more fun trip down.

     

    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
    • Probe
    • Shovel
    • Voilé ski straps
    • 1 to 2 L of water
    • Snacks and nutrition fuel (nothing beats a muffin and granola bars…)
    • Radio 

    This is my apparel and accessories list, either worn or stowed in my pack:

     

    CHECK OUT MEN’S ODIN MOUNTAIN & LIFA MERINO COLLECTIONS:

    Men’s Odin 3L Shell Jacket  >

    Men’s Odin 3L Shell Bib Pants  >

    Men’s Odin Stretch Hooded Insulator Jacket  >

    Men’s Lifa Merino Base Layer Collection  >

     

    CHECK OUT WOMEN’S ODIN MOUNTAIN & LIFA MERINO COLLECTIONS:

    Women’s Odin 3L Shell Jacket  >

    Women’s Odin 3L Shell Bib Pants  >

    Women’s Odin Stretch Hooded Insulator Jacket  >

    Women’s Lifa Merino Base Layer Collection  >

     

    Gear pile organized and laid on floor.

    Madison’s Essentials. And yes, LaCroix and muffins are essential. Duh.

     

    FINAL THOUGHTS:

    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.
    #findyourfurther

    Thanks for reading!

     

    Skier tours up gentle slope with snow-covered trees.

    See you out in the backcountry!

     

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    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:

    @MADISONNNROSE ON INSTAGRAM

    MADISON ROSE ON FACEBOOK

    For more packing guides, be sure to check out the Helly Hansen blog!

     

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