Alpine or pipe skis that can handle difficult and uncertain terrain are strongly encouraged. Many Alpine skis are made from solid wood or have fiberglass centers for extra reinforcement.
Poles with wrist supports, leather grips and baskets for hard and soft snow should be utilized in backcountry terrain. Titanium poles with reinforced centers or aluminum alloy poles are strongly recommended.
Boots should be rugged, warm and waterproof to protect the backcountry skier against harsh weather elements and deep snow conditions. Boots made from an insulated polyurethane will offer flexibility and breathability.
An avalanche beacon is an indispensable tool for the backcountry skier. The beacon can be used to locate the skier via a digital pulse or signal, should an avalanche occur.
Backcountry skiers should have protective eye wear at all times to reflect blinding sunlight and deflect branches, debris, snow and wind. Goggles with a polyurethane frame, chrome amplifier and cylindrical polycarbonate lens will protect the eyes.
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