We started this series of articles with the WHY – what motivations get us outside touring in the backcountry. Then, we discussed the HOW – where to reach for the smarts needed to travel as safely as possible in the backcountry.
Now the WHAT. What gear takes you happily and safely into the backcountry? This is where the gear heads at Mountain Chalet come in.
As the oldest outdoor specialty shop in Colorado, Mountain Chalet has outfitted and educated the backcountry-curious populous of the Springs and surrounds with the finer points of gear, and its use, for over 50 years. Our focus and intention have never been stronger. With a deep commitment to the categories and brands that make up the ever-growing offering of fine gear designed to keep you safe and happy in your favorite outdoor places. Mountain Chalet is proud to offer one of the most comprehensive assortments of backcountry-specific equipment available in the West.
Whether you’re a die-hard, knee-dropping telemarker or an ultra lightweight conscious Alpine Touring skier, or you have just made the decision to join either of these communities, you’ll have some choices to make about gear. The good news is that there’s an expanding lot of astoundingly good gear to choose from and, if you like, you’ll have Mountain Chalet to help you navigate the process.
There is a requisite amount of gear needed to ski, and a bit more is needed to ski the backcountry safely. If you’re anything like me, you’ve put an inordinate effort into selecting the gear needed to slide down your mountain. Or perhaps, you’re just at the start of climbing the slopes and you’re looking for a guide as you delve deeper into the snow pack.
Regardless of the perspective you’re coming from – spiffing up your backcountry kit with a few new pieces or making your first foray into a newly adopted sport – we’ve got a worthwhile story to tell about the process of selecting gear, including some information about gear we’ve brought into the shop.
We’re approaching our gear talk through three sections to help you in your quest:
Part 3.1 Boots & Bindings
In this part, we’re looking at boots and bindings together because the boots you choose need to fit the bindings you want with the innovations for the backcountry zone.
Part 3.2 Skis & Skins
In the next part, matching your skis with your boots is important as well, and there are specific technical reasons some skis and bindings don’t play well together. We can help you discover the ones that do.
Part 3.3 Avalanche Safety Gear
In the last part of this article, you know entering avalanche terrain safely requires a beacon, a shovel, a probe and a pack to carry it all. We’re ready to unpack it with you.
Time to go…the skin tracks are calling.
Boots & Bindings Gear Glossary
Check out our glossary for terms you may not be familiar with.