Squeeze Out Every Last Drop of Winter

The Perfect Ski-Touring Kit


Buying Guides By Photo by Chase Pellerin
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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.

The Gear

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Outerwear: Trew Wander Jacket $419

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Outerwear: Trew Roam 3/4 Bib $419

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Skis: Fischer Ranger 98 Ti Learn More: Here

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Poles: Swix Sonic R1 $200

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Bindings: Fischer Tour Classic Learn More: Here

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Boots: Fischer Traverse Carbon $900

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Goggles: Julbo Aerospace $172

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Helmet: Giro Range MIPS $250

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Gloves: Outdoor Research Lodestar Sensor Glove $99

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Skins: Fischer Profoil

$225

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Pack: Millet UBIC 40 $144

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Accessory: Trace Action Sports Tracker $200