How to pack for Backcountry Skiing

How to pack for Backcountry Skiing

Posted by Joseph Schwartz on

When packing gear for a day of backcountry skiing, it's important to consider factors such as the terrain, weather conditions, and your personal needs.

The RUX 70L is perfect for the catch-all packer for a day of skiing, allowing you to fill your backpack at the trailhead, and pack plenty of après gear too! The Waterproof Bag (on pre-sale now!) is the perfect addition to the 70L in order to separate your wet and dry gear at the end of a big day in the backcountry.

Have you used the packing list feature on the RUX app? Register now, and use this shared packing list to help ensure you never forget a crucial item for backcountry skiing again.

Here are some general guidelines for what and how to pack:

  1. Backpack: Choose a backpack with enough capacity to carry all your gear, and that fits properly. Consider how you’d carry different gear depending on the objective (ie rope & glacier gear for big spring missions).

  2. Skis and bindings: we’re big fans of Black Crows skis here at RUX. Match them with a set of Dynafit Radical tech bindings, and you have a backcountry kit!

  3. Ski boots: we all use the Dynafit Hoji pros. Best boot out there! The 70L fits boots well if you lie them down on the bottom of the RUX (even giant size 13 boots like in this image).

  4. Ski poles: Adjustable poles are ideal for backcountry use.

  5. Skins: Skins are used to attach to the bottom of your skis for uphill travel. Store them in a separate compartment in your backpack to keep them dry.

  6. Avalanche safety gear: Always carry avalanche safety gear, including a transciever, shovel, and probe. These should be easily accessible, so you can quickly use them in case of an emergency.

  7. Clothing layers: Dress in layers, so you can adjust to changing weather conditions. It's best to start with a moisture-wicking base layer, followed by an insulating layer, and topped with a waterproof and breathable outer layer. Throw a few extra layers in the 70L just in case the weather is different than you expected, and to have something dry to change into at the end of the day!

  8. Gloves or mittens: Bring waterproof gloves or mittens to keep your hands warm and dry.

  9. Hat and helmet: Bring a warm hat to keep your head warm and a helmet to protect your head in case of a fall or accident.

  10. Goggles or sunglasses: Bring goggles or sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun and wind.

  11. Food and water: Bring plenty of water and high-energy snacks, such as trail mix, energy bars, and fruit.

  12. First aid kit: Always carry a basic first aid kit, including bandages, antiseptic, and pain relievers.

  13. Navigation tools: Bring a map and compass or GPS device to help you navigate the backcountry.

Before heading out, make sure you have all the necessary gear and know how to use it. Also, check the weather and avalanche conditions, and let someone know where you're going and when you'll be back. Stay safe and have fun!

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