Well, now that the big spenders are back from our Denver, Colorado trip (see below), time to tighten the belt again and work with our $1,000.00 backcountry skier. After all, he’s still got money to burn! Our backcountry skiing guy has essentials such as skis, bindings, and boots, but he needs a backpack. Trick here is to not be too particular, and get something small, light and less complex that still has side straps for carrying skis. If you learn how to pack light, just about any backpack with ski straps will work for backcountry skiing. The Lowe Alpine Vision would fill the bill, as would many other packs you can find on the web or at gear swaps. Most of this stuff came from Sierra Trading Post.
How is our guy doing now?
|Skins, Ascension, Sierra Trading Post||$ 87.25|
|Bindings, Diamir, Ebay||$195.00|
|Skis, friend’s attic or remount your own||$000.00|
|Beacon, Pieps 457, web forum sales||$165.00|
|Avy Shovel, Sierra Trading Post||$ 59.95|
|Boots, Sierra Trading Post||$309.95|
|Backpack, Sierra Trading post||$ 64.95|
Total to date
Still money to burn!
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.