Backcountry Ski Equipment And Essentials To Cover Your Every Needs


A man riding skis down a snow covered mountain

It seems that backcountry skiing is getting popular every year with its challenging enticing, untracked lines and solitude where more and more lift-served skiers are away from the resort and into the woods. It seems that getting into backcountry skiing can be a big ask. So where do you start from? There are mainly two components to enter into the world of backcountry skiing. This includes equipment and education. There are only a few schools of thought about what is the best backcountry skiing gear and there is not just one setup to rule all. You need to think of what you want to get out of the day in the backcountry. It is important that you choose the right gear for your personal style as there are many different equipment that will excel at different aspects of backcountry skiing.

Let’s Talk About Skis

A person riding skis down a snow covered slope

You cannot go to the backcountry skiing without skis. In today’s world of banana rockers, twin tips, trekking skis and freeride boards, carbon and wood cores. It can be a little confusing to know what is right for you. This constant battle continues when you have to choose a touring setup that will balance uphill performance with downhill shred-ability.  A well-performing uphill ski will be light in weight making it easy on the ascent but it can result in a chattery ride on hard snow. These skies can also be narrow that will help to cut on the weight which will diminish the ability of the ski to float. This in turn will leave you wallowing in deep snow while your bud will slay pow.

Second On The List Comes Skins

A person riding a snowboard down a snow covered slope

Skins turn your skis into snowshoes for the hike up. These stick to the bottom of the ski with the help of clips and adhesive while their plush underside glides along the snow when you move forward and grips when you slide backwards. The skins can be made from synthetic material mohair or from a combination of these two. Mohair is perhaps a silk like fabric that is made from the hair of the Angora goat. The ones that are made from the synthetic material tend to grip better whereas the ones that are made from the mohair material glide more smoothly. But the skins that are a blend of these two offers a balance of both these qualities.

Know About Bindings

Alpine touring bindings such as telemark bindings will allow your heel to move freely when you are hiking uphill. Unlike telemark bindings they lock your heel in place when you descend and the binding and ski both perform more akin to the typical alpine setup. There are two main categories of the AT bindings. These are the tech binding and frame-style AT bindings. The tech bindings are light in weight while frame-style AT bindings are heavy but the latter have a better downhill performance.

So, now that you have all the information about the skis and the skiing equipment information at the tip of your finger, take your pick and find the best items for your next skiing trip. 

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