For Your Trip
A great day in the mountains is all about being prepared and packing the right gear. Below is a list of the required gear to safely and efficiently enjoy a day of backcountry touring and powder skiing with Sun Valley Guides. You can also download our checklist here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
*All Guides carry a Medical Kit, a Repair Kit, Rescue Equipment and Communication Device.
Ski Equipment (if on skis)
Metal-edged Telemark or Alpine touring skis (powder models preferred)
Ski Boots (Alpine touring or Telemark with walk mode)
Adjustable ski poles
Climbing skins (adjusted to length and full ski width)
Snowboard Equipment (if on a board):
Snowboard (split models)
Snowboard Boots compatible with bindings
Skins (if using split board)
Snowshoes (if not using a split board)
Adjustable ski poles (3 section poles preferred)
Avalanche Rescue Equipment:
Long underwear tops and bottoms (a polypropylene/wool or similar blend recommended)
Shell pants (Hard or Soft Shell)
Long sleeved fleece/poly shirt.
Wool/fleece sweater or down vest.
Shell Jacket, wind and water resistant (Hard or Soft Shell),
Down/Puffy parka for stops on the trail
Neck gaiter or facemask.
Sun visor or ball cap
Light weight gloves
Warm Gloves or Mittens
Sun Screen for lips/face/hands (Minimum SPF l5 – Zinc Oxide Formula Recommended)
One quart water bottle (filled)
Day Pack: big enough to hold extra clothes, avalanche shovel, probe, skins, water and snacks. (Ski models preferred)
Favorite high-energy snack food and lunch
Map (guides will carry maps)
Wax (guides will carry wax)
Blister kit if you are prone to blisters (guides carry a medical kit)
Hand Warmers if you are prone to cold hands