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Do This Before Your First Ski Tour of the Season

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No matter how experienced a backcountry skier you are, it’s crucial to triple-check your equipment before you head out for your first tour of the season. From battery corrosion in your beacon to damaged skins, a lot can happen when your gear isn’t used for months. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, here are some of the steps I take to make sure my touring kit is dialed after a summer in hibernation. 

Note: It is strongly recommended that you take an American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education course before recreating in the backcountry for the first time. You can sign up for a class here.

Associate gear editor Kelly Klein recommends:

Ortovox Freerider 26 S pack ($200)

Pomoca Climb 2.0 skins ($170)

Ortovox Shovel Pro light ($70)

Ortovox ALU 240 light ($56)

Nikwax Fabric and Leather Proof Waterproofing ($13)

Smith Liberty helmet ($220)

Mammut Barryvox S transceiver ($550)

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