Backcountry Essentials

Backcountry Essentials

The new year is a great time to start earning your turns. Gear up for backcountry skiing.

Safety is Priority #1

 
Black Diamond EVAC Shovel

Black Diamond EVAC Shovel

L9 Price $99.95

A good shovel is an essential tool for any backcountry adventurer. For one thing, digging snow pits to analyse the snowpack for avalanche danger is one of the main skills required for safe skiing in uncontrolled terrain. The most important reason to carry a good shovel is emergency preparedness, of course. The Black Diamond EVAC shovel is sturdy but lightweight, has a large blade for moving some serious snow, and can fold into a hoe shape to save critical seconds during an emergency rescue dig.

PIEPS DSP Sport Avalanche Beacon 2017

PIEPS DSP Sport Avalanche Beacon 2017

L9 Price $319.95

An avalanche tranceiver is perhaps the most important pice of equipment you hope to never need to use. The Pieps DSP Sport is an intuitive three-antenna beacon with a large search radius and a smart transmitter. Of course, the most important part of carrying a beacon is knowing how to us it, so don't forget to practice with your beacon before hitting the trailhead.

Black Diamond Avalung Element

Black Diamond Avalung Element

L9 Price $99.95

Since its invention about fifteen years ago, the Avalung has become a staple in the safety tool box of avalanche professionals the world over. Obviously, avoiding burial in an avalanche is the best way to stay safe, but if you do want to ski higher risk lines in the backcountry, the Avalung can increase your chances of surviving an emergency by increasing the amount of time you will be able to breath if you are buried. Over 80% of avalanche deaths are a result af asphixiation, so gaining a few extra minutes of breath can make the difference between life and death.

Atomic Tracker ABS Freeride Pro Pack

Atomic Tracker ABS Freeride Pro Pack

L9 Price $95.00

Retail: $190.00

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ABS avalanche backpacks have grown in popularity in the last few years and have been shown to be an effective tool in increasing avalanche survivability. Once deployed, the airbag acts much like a life preserver and helps keep you on top of the slide, reducing burial and traumatic injury risk. The Atomic Tracker ABS backpack is ABS BaseUnit compatible as well as providing all of the features required in a skiing daypack.


Ascent Accessories

 
Dakine Tall Boy Beanie

Dakine Tall Boy Beanie

L9 Price $9.00

Retail: $20.00

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You should always wear a helmet while skiing down a mountain, but it can be too warm when you're climbing. It is a good idea to keep a lightweight beanie in your backcountry pack for the ascent. The Dakine Tall Boy Beanie is comfy, packable and affordable, making it an ideal choice.

Smith Prospect Sunglasses

Smith Prospect Sunglasses

L9 Price $128.95

Eye protection is essential on the mountain since snow reflects sunlight and poses a real danger to your eyesight. Goggles can be too warm to wear while climbing, so a good pair of wrap-around sunglasses are essential for a well-prepared backcountry skier. The Smith Prospect Sunglasses are stylish and functional with 100% UV protection, ruberized temples, and durable lenses to resist scratching in your pack.


The Right Tools to Make your Climb Enjoyable

 
Black Diamond Ultralite Mix STS Climbing Skins

Black Diamond Ultralite Mix STS Climbing Skins

L9 Price $179.95

Black Diamond Ultralite Mix STS climbing skins are some of the lightest skins on the market. The combination of nylon for durability and mohair for grip ensures these skins will keep up with your backcountry adventures for a long time. The STS system is ideal for skiers who want to share skins on more than one pair of skis since they can adjust up to 10cm in length on the fly.

Fritschi Diamir Vipec 12 Touring Bindings 2016

Fritschi Diamir Vipec 12 Touring Bindings 2016

L9 Price $449.00

Retail: $599.95

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For those wishing to keep their backcountry setup light and functional, pin style bindings are crucial. The Fritschi Diamir Vipec 12 is a solid choice for an entry level tech binding. With solid downhill performance and release characteristics, you won't have to worry about your descent. The compact pivot point and frameless design ensure maximum comfort with minimal fatigue during the climb. Pair these with a lightweight pair of boots and skis and you will be cruising uphill in record time.

Salomon SPLIT Split Snowboard w/ Skins 2016

Salomon SPLIT Split Snowboard w/ Skins 2016

L9 Price $499.00

Retail: $800.00

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Boarders: don't let the skiers have all the backcountry fun. Get out there with the Salomon SPLIT Snowboard. The SPLIT includes pre-cut skins and Voile inserts for a high level of functionality on the climb. Once you reach the top, join the board and swap the bindings to the ride position and enjoy a solid performing all-mountain board for your descent. You can keep using your exisiting boots and, with the Voile system, your existing bindings to make the backcountry more acessible than ever.

Salomon MTN Lab AT Ski Boots 2017

Salomon MTN Lab AT Ski Boots 2017

L9 Price $799.99

Retail: $950.00

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Lightweight and comfortable for climbing but stiff enough for aggressive skiing, the Salomon MTN Lab AT Ski Boots boast a perfect combination of features for human powered ski enthusiasts of all types. Ever since we got our first look at these boots, they have been an employee favorite around the L9 Sports headquarters. Salomon is relatively new to the tech boot market, but they have absolutely hit it out of the park with this boot.

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Fischer Transalp 88 Skis

Fischer Transalp 88 Skis

L9 Price $319

Retail: $700.00

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For serious backountry adventures, you need a seriously lightweight pair of skis, and the Fischer Transalp 88 delivers. At around 7lbs a pair, they won't weigh you down on the ascent, especially if you pair them with a good tech binding and lightweight boots. The real surprise with these skis, however, is the high level of performance they offer for skiing down as well. Leave it to high-tech ski design stalwart Fischer to find a way to squeeze excellent performance out of an insanely light pair of skis.

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