Gear For The Trees

This gear won't turn you into a nasty tree skier overnight. But it'll help.
Gear For The trees

LekiGriffin S Glove

Remove the straps on Leki’s Speed S
Carbon pole (not shown). Then wear Leki’s leather and neoprene Griffin S glove, which clicks into the pole and auto-releases with pressure. No straps required. [$160;]

Lowe Alpine Snow storm 20:20

This trim pack has a removable hipbelt, adjustable shoulder straps to fit a variety of torsos, and few external straps to get snagged by branches. It’ll hold everything you need for inbounds or backcountry and carries skis in multiple positions. [$180;]

Leedom Wizahd

This fabric-covered hardshell helmet will resist puncturing from twigs. A removable fleece liner and earflaps let you regulate warmth, and an adjustment wheel lets you fine-tune its fit.

Black DiamondTelekneesis pads

Consider wearing kneepads to protect your patellae from stray stumps, even if you’re not a telemarker. [$40;]



Life-Saving Gear

Skis and boots will only get you so far in the backcountry. Don’t forget all the other stuff you’ll need to get you in and out safely.


What Ski Guides Carry

This is the gear Arc'teryx athlete and ACMG assistant ski guide, Christina Lustenberger, trusts for long days of ski guiding in the hills. Photos by Bruno Long.


Skiing Magazine's 2008-09 Backcountry Gear Guide

Last March, our two dozen testers hammered laps on Crested Butte’s bony steeps for two days, filling out evaluation cards after each run. The results are listed here. “AT” means the gear was reviewed by alpine-touring skiers. “Tele” means tested by telemark skiers. Some skis were tested by both groups. Our goal: to help you find your perfect backcountry setup.