While resorts across the US get tracked out quickly, another type of skiing — backcountry — allows for pristine conditions throughout winter. In the backcountry, fresh snow can last up to a week after the last storm. But these untouched slopes only reward those who are willing to work for them. The best way to hunt those pockets of snow down is with a set of gear that adapts and performs across every kind of mountain terrain.
A ski that turns tightly in the trees but can hold its own equally well in the deep stuff, a lightweight but stiff boot that can handle a bit of boot packing, breathable outerwear that can be easily layered underneath — these are all necessities, and we’ve picked our favorite versions here.
Outerwear: Trew Wander Jacket $419
Outerwear: Trew Roam 3/4 Bib $419
Skis: Fischer Ranger 98 Ti Learn More: Here
Poles: Swix Sonic R1 $200
Bindings: Fischer Tour Classic Learn More: Here
Boots: Fischer Traverse Carbon $900
Goggles: Julbo Aerospace $172
Helmet: Giro Range MIPS $250
Gloves: Outdoor Research Lodestar Sensor Glove $99
Skins: Fischer Profoil
Pack: Millet UBIC 40 $144
Accessory: Trace Action Sports Tracker $200