It's a big step moving from resort to backcountry riding. The limitless potential for untracked lines are worth the effort but the stakes are higher even if you have all the skills and tools to be out there. The first key factor for anyone interested in going out of bounds is to start with an Avalanche Skills Training course. You'll learn all the deets on reading terrain and understanding snow pack conditions as well as how to use your avalanche safety equipment. The AST level 1 course is partially in a classroom and partially in the field practicing your skills. Once you've got this under your belt you can begin acquiring the gear you need to get after it!

       Backcountry Checklist:

  • Splitboard
  • Splitboard Skins
  • Splitboard Bindings
  • Emergency First Aid Supplies
  • Beacon
  • Probe
  • Shovel
  • Snow Study Kit
  • Snow Saw
  • Poles
  • Technical Backpack
  • Helmet
  • Goggles & Sunglasses
  • Spare Batteries
  • Spare parts
  • Extra layers
  • Spare socks
  • Beanie and/or cap
  • Mitts or gloves
  • Water & snacks
  • SPF for face & lips
  • BONUS GEAR:
  • Radio to communicate with your crew
  • RAS Airbag 
  • Full Compressed Air Cylinder for airbag
  • RAS Compatible Vest or...
  • RAS Compatible Backpack
  • Emergency Satellite/GPS device if you have one

Once you've checked the avi conditions & pack your bag with your new gear, you're all set for some backcountry powder hunting with your friends! If you have questions on gear or anything related to snowboarding beyond the ropes, head to the shop where our friendly & knowledgable staff are ready to help.