Get Outside : Backcountry Ski Gear Essentials

Last Updated: May 24, 2024By

Winter is here. With the increasing popularity of backcountry winter sports, CO YOGA + Life® Magazine compiled a list of our favorite gear that will help get you outside for some fresh powder in no time.

Dynafit Beast 108 Ski

The Beast is a free touring ski made specifically for powder. This ski has a Double Ellipse Rocker construction that works on different edge lengths. The developers focused on weight reduction while not decreasing performance.


Zeal Beacon Goggle

The Beacon Goggle uses a technology called Observation Deck, taking some inspiration from the eyesight of an eagle. It has a tilted cylindrical lens so you can see every inch of the line you are on while eliminating glare. $129

Patagonia Descensionist Backcountry Ski/Snowboard Pack

You have the choice of a 32-liter or a 40-liter pack with the Descensionist. The 32-liter has a simple two-compartment storage with room for a full kit. The 40-liter has a similar design for a big day or multi-day travel in the backcountry. Both a roll top design that are made for going fast and light.

$179 – $199

Full Tilt Ascendant Approach Alpine Touring Ski Boots

Based off the previous Ascendant, the Approach added a Pro Tour Tongue Intuition liner, a lightweight Grilamid Shell and Michelin Grip Walk outsoles. A perfect boot for the uphill haul and the downhill shred. $749.95

Le Bent Elyse Pro Model Ski Socks

A women’s-specific fit on these socks also showcases breathability for uphill touring and downhill skiing. The design features shorter leg length, foot length and narrower calf compression, all wrapped in a vibrant coral color and sweet graphic. $35

mountainfLOW eco-wax

Resist using ski and snowboard wax that is awful for the earth and switch to something much more green. MountainfLOW eco-wax is made 100 percent from plants. $18.50

Helly Hansen Odin Mountain Infinity Shell Jacket + HH Odin Mountain 3L Shell Bib Pant

Helly Hansen created this durable and water repellant three-layer fabric without the use of chemicals. The Odin Mountain Infinity Shell Jacket shell is waterproof, windproof and breathable. For a full kit, check out the Odin Mountain 3L Shell Bib Pant. These pants have some backcountry specific features like two beacon pockets, removable suspenders and a side access zipper opening. Jacket – $700; Bib Pant – $475

Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 Skins

These skins are so light it feels like there is no added weight when going uphill. Pomoca set out to build a skin that would appeal to ski mountaineers with their light weight, while also appealing to freeskiers with their width. The Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 are those skins. They also have them precut for your Dynafit Beasts. $199.95

Originally published in the Winter + Spring 2020-21 issue of CO YOGA + Life Magazine

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