Snowmass Backcountry Baldy

Rec Level 1 Avalanche & Rescue Course Gear List

Skiing Equipment 

  • AT Boots 
  • Skis with touring alpine bindings or telemark bindings (please adjust bindings to boots and skins to skis before the course) 
  • Skins that fit your skis (pre-cut) 
  • Telescoping Poles 

Snowboarding Equipment 

  • Splitboard with touring bindings and skins (please adjust bindings to boots and skins to board before the course) 
  • Snowboard boots 
  • Collapsible poles (with means of attachment to pack) 

Avalanche Rescue Equipment (provided if you don’t have your own!) 

  • Avalanche probe 
  • Collapsible shovel 
  • Avalanche transceiver (digital 457 kHz frequency only) three antenna transceivers are preferred 


  • Ski socks 
  • Warm hat and/or Helmet 
  • Wool or Synthetic Base Layer (top + bottom) 
  • Mid-weight / breathable insulating layer 
  • Hardshell or softshell ski/snowboard pants 
  • Hardshell (waterproof + breathable) jacket 
  • Larger weight (i.e. 800 fill) ‘security’ puffy (down or synthetic) 
  • Gloves (two pairs are best – a lighter pair for going up, & a warmer pair) 
  • Neck gaiter 

Misc Items 

  • Sunglasses and/or Goggles 
  • Sunscreen and lip balm: water/sweat-proof 
  • Personal first-aid / repair kit 
  • Camera or Smartphone 
  • Headlamp 
  • Water bottle (at least 1 liter); *we do not advise Camelbacks 
  • Lunch/Snack food 
  • Cell phone or two-way radio / BCA link (optional) 
  • Ski Backpack (large enough to fit all gear INSIDE; we can provide you one if needed!) 
  • Pencils (two, mechanical) 

**your guide(s) will carry a First Aid Kit, repair kit & rescue equipment