Backcountry Gear Checklist - Avalanche Safety Gear for Skiing & Snowboarding

Buying Guide

We have one of the largest selections of backcountry equipment on the web, a super knowledgable staff and expert guides to help you make an informed decision.

Backcountry Checklist:
1. Backpack/Airbag
2. Beacon
3. Shovel - Compact to fit in your pack
4. Probe - Dedicated Avalanche Probe
5. Skins
6. Navigation equipment – Map & compass, GPS, altimeter
7. Down or synthetic jacket for insulation
8. Waterproof shell
9. Eye protection - Sunglasses & goggles
10. Warm hat
11. Food
12. Water
13. Extra gloves - Thinner and thicker
14. Extra mid layers
15. Extra base layers
16. Emergency gear - First aid kit, repair kit, bivy sack, headlamp
17. Cell phone, radio or satellite phone

Also, don't forget extra batteries for your beacon, GPS, and headlamp, and make sure you have the right size(s). If you need them, you'll also be glad you brought ski crampons and toilet paper (with "blue bag").

We recommend taking an avalanche safety course to familiarize you further with all your backcountry gear and practicing avalanche rescue techniques regularly with your riding partners. Here are some great resources for avalanche education:
American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education // American Avalanche Association // Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center
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Learn more with our other Backcountry Guides:
Backcountry Basics – How to Get Started
Backcountry Backpacks – How to Choose
Avalanche Beacons / Transceivers – How to Choose
Avalanche Shovels – How to Choose
Avalanche Probes – How to Choose
Avalanche Airbags – How to Choose
Alpine Touring Skis – How to Choose
Alpine Touring Ski Boots – How to Choose
Alpine Touring Ski Bindings – How to Choose
Dynafit (Tech) Bindings – Getting Started
Backcountry Basics - How to Skin
Climbing Skins – How to Choose
Climbing Skins – Size Guide
Climbing Skins – Weight Chart
Climbing Skins – How to Cut/Trim
Outerwear & Layers – How to Dress for the Backcountry

This is evo. We are a ski, snowboard, wake, skate and clothing online retailer with physical stores in Seattle and Portland. Our goal is to provide you with great information to make your purchase easy.

Still have questions? Please give our customer care team a call at 866-386-1590, Customer Care Hours.