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The Alpinist skins stick, glide, and climb in all conditions. And with G3’s signature tip connection system (two metal hooks that rotate to fit all ski tips), you can forget about accidentally kicking ’em off on the uptrack. [$153; genuineguidegear.com]

The Skinny on Skinning

Skinning is crucial in the side- or backcountry because it’s more efficient and less tiring than hiking in deep snow. The fur-like surface of skins flattens as you move uphill, allowing your skis to glide, but it grips to keep you from sliding back after each step.