Backcountry Ski Equipment List

It is important that you have all the equipment listed below to join any of our trips. If you need rental skis, boots, or skins you must reserve them in advance, be fitted, and pick up your gear the day before your trip with us.

If backcountry skis, skins, or boots are needed Alain at Le Ski Mastery in the Taos Ski Valley should be able to set you up 575-776-1403

  • Ski Helmet and Goggles
  • Backcountry skis, backcountry boots, poles, and skins
  • 25-35 Liter Pack to hold all of your goods, plus skins, probe, and shovel
  • Shell – Jacket/pants (soft shell or gortex little to no insulation)
  • Insulating layer – Down or synthetic puffy coat
  • Mid Layer – Synthetic or wool zip shirt
  • Base layers: Synthetic, wool or silk bottom, underwear and top
  • 2 pairs of waterproof gloves (lighter pair for uphill travel)
  • Hat, beanie
  • Buff
  • Wool or synthetic ski socks
  • Ball cap & Sunglasses
  • Bottle/thermos to bring hot tea or soup on a cold day
  • Sunscreen
  • Handwarmers/Toe warmers
  • Lunch + energy snacks
  • Water – 1 to 2 liters

If you do not have the basic avalanche essentials let us know and Mountain Skills will provide you with the following free of charge

  • Beacon
  • Probe
  • Shovel

Please click on this link, if you have questions regarding backcountry ski gear