Backcountry skiing has blown up in recent years, and in response, the equipment that helps skiers and snowboarders do it — from backpacks and jackets to skis and boots — has become lighter and more versatile than ever. But for anyone just beginning to explore beyond ski resort boundaries these items should be secondary purchases. There are three that you need first: a shovel, a probe and a beacon.
It isn’t the most glorious collection of items; unlike a new pair of skis, the hope is that you’ll never have to use these things. They’re safety tools designed to mitigate the risk of the backcountry’s primary danger: avalanches. To wander into avalanche terrain without them is to gamble one’s life, along with those of any other riders who might also be exploring the area. Backcountry Access is one of the most well-recognized names in avalanche safety equipment, and it offers all three tools in one convenient bundle. Right now it’s on sale for 25 percent off for a savings of $91. Pick one up, and then go sign up for an avalanche safety course.
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