For several years I’ve created a backcountry skiing checklist for a day tour. I love going on a day tour but occasionally I would forget an item that was vital to the enjoyment of the tour. I’d forgotten my gloves once and my hands froze. A solution came from an unexpected source. I have a ski bum buddy, Jimmy Vegas Steamboat Springs Colo, who has a verbal checklist where he would name off 3 items in rhythm. His style can’t be duplicated, but I modified his checklist for backcountry skiing checklist… day tour.
Clothing system that works.
Top: Light Weight base layer, Technical fleece, soft shell jacket.* (pack a Shell Jacket waterproof/breathable in case of weather. *On cold days I also carry a mid-weight down jacket)
Bottoms: Ski Socks, Light weight base layer, soft shell pants. * (pack Shell Pants waterproof/breathable)
In your pack:
Water / food / 1st aide kit
map / jacket / pants *hard shells..
shovel / beacon / probe
On your body:
hat / gloves / goggles *sun glasses
phone / keys / camera *cell phone camera counts
skis / skins / boots / poles
We have all of our stuff, now lets go tour.
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