HOW TO PACK IN PREPARATION FOR A BACKCOUNTRY SKI ADVENTURE
BY ALEX SAAD
Gnome ambassador, Alex shares what backcountry gear she always keeps in her pack, no matter the scope of adventure ahead. Read on to check it out.
IN WINTER, BE READY FOR THE UNEXPECTED.
Long days in the backcountry can become even longer very quickly, that’s why backcountry preparedness is crucial for not only the sake of being ready for the unexpected, (because we all know it’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it…) but it also allows you to have a more enjoyable experience as well. I’ve learned the hard way that the backcountry is way more fun when you’re feeling comfy with your gear and are well fed/properly hydrated for the adventure.
Once the first snow of the season is in the forecast, I take the time to ensure that my ski pack is properly outfitted for the upcoming season of adventures. Whether my ski partners and I are headed into the backcountry on snowmobiles or entirely human-powered pursuits - there are just some things you don’t leave home without.
PACK SMART & SKI ANOTHER DAY.
During the winter months darkness can creep up on you quickly, especially if you and your friends are having too much fun skiing laps and snowmobiling through meadow, not keeping an eye on the time. Brief sunsets quickly give way to a dark forest and there is nothing that will test you more than having an already long day then turn into a long night. While it’s not during every adventure that I need all the contents of my heavy pack, I have sure been grateful that I decided to bring them along for when it turns out I do need them. Plan accordingly, double check your packing list and live to ski another day.
Alex is a Bozeman-based photographer, writer, and pilot who focuses her time on telling the stories of those who chase adventures in the mountains and the environments they experience along the way. You can find her skiing in the winter, rafting or backpacking in the summer, and flying anytime in between. Her favorite subject by far is dramatic landscapes captured in monochrome, as she is a passionate observer of the quickly-changing mountain weather.See more of her work at www.alexsaadphoto.com