You probably own an iPhone. And we’re fine with that, really. Next time we’re on the lift together, we can pull up YouTube and watch a cat with its head stuck in a Pringles can. Or we could use these ski-specific apps. Including a brand new one from The North Face.
Exploration step one: Equip yourself with reliable equipment. A beacon, probe, and shovel are essential, while the rest of this gear will make life much easier—and safer. Step two (here’s the important part): Educate yourself. Ski with partners you trust, and make levelheaded decisions. The backcountry requires some prep work.