Recommended Course Materials

Required gear

  • Touring set up (AT/tele skis & skins or a splitboard & skins, poles, and boots) 
  • Basic avalanche safety gear (beacon, shovel, probe) 
  • Backcountry ski pack (25 – 45 liters)

What You Should Plan to Bring

  • Backcountry ski-appropriate clothing:
    • Synthetic or wool under layers (no cotton!) 
    • Synthetic or wool mid layers (fleece jacket, vest, soft shell jacket – no cotton!) 
    • Down or synthetic puffy jacket o Weather proof jacket and pants 
    • Gloves x 2 pairs (we suggest 1 pair for skinning/taking notes and one pair skiing/riding) 
    • Beanie x 2 (nice to have an extra) 
    • Buff, neck gaiter or balaclava o Ball cap or visor (especially for sunny days) 
    • Goggles 
    • Sunglasses 
  • Sunscreen & lip protection 
  • Full water bottles (at least 1 liter), we discourage bladder systems 
  • Thermos w/ hot beverage (tea, hot cocoa, coffee, ect.) 
  • Lunch and snacks for each day (pack good, high calorie food that will keep you well-fueled during long hours outside in the cold)
  • Pen or pencil to take notes 
  • Headlamp 
  • Extra batteries for headlamp and beacon 

 *This is only a suggested packing list; please use it as a guideline and not as an end all. There might be items that you personally require that are not on this list. If you have any questions about what to pack for your day in the backcountry don’t hesitate to contact our office. 

Where to find:

Located in our office is a full retail space where you can find large range of technical apparel from Patagonia and Mammut. In addition we sell a variety of accessories such as helmets, goggles and more. We also rent splitboards and avalanche safety gear for guests that participate in a guided trip or educational course.

330 Belleview Ave.
Crested Butte, CO 81224
(970) 349-5430

If you are looking to rent alpine touring skis, we recommend using the two business below. Both offer rentals, have technical apparel and gear for sale and are wealth full of knowledge regarding their local backcountry.

419 6th St.
Crested Butte, CO 81224
(970) 349-5210

110 F. St
Salida, CO 81201
(719) 539-4400

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