What’s better than a great day skiing in the Crested Butte backcountry? Whether you’re planning a day outing or a weekend hut trip, having the right gear with you is important. Even more important than your gear though is proper avalanche training. We highly recommend taking an AIARE Level 1 course before you venture beyond the safety of the resorts. Once you’ve completed your training it’s time to start prepping your gear. Here is a list of recommended gear to pack for an awesome day skiing in the backcountry:

  • Skis
  • Boots
  • Bindings
  • Poles
  • Skins
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • Beacon/Probe/Shovel
  • Medical Kit
  • Ski Strap
  • Headlamp & batteries
  • Gloves
  • Baselayer
  • Midlayer
  • Shell Jacket
  • Down Jacket
  • Portable Charger (solar charger is great for emergencies)
  • Phone & Charging Cord
  • Snacks/Gels (high protein)
  • Water
  • Survival Blanket
  • Warm Hat

Once you’ve got your gear ready, make a plan and make sure someone back home knows your plan. Be sure to check weather and avalanche conditions before heading out. Ready to plan a backcountry ski trip in Crested Butte? Irwin Guides not only offers AIARE courses, the also offer guided backcountry ski trips; click here for details.

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