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Off piste skiing equipment checklist as been put together from what we use when skiing off piste and also other on line resources such as Snowheads chat forum, this off piste skiing checklist is not intended to be a complete off piste skiing guide but offers a good starting point for people wanting to start skiing further off piste.
In your Skiing jacket or on person:
Avalanche Transceiver link
Mobile Phone (always a point for discussion, if in your jacket keep it as far away from your avalanche transceiver as possible)
In your Backpack or Avalanche Airbag link
Avalanche Shovel link
Avalanche Probe link
Water, either hydration system or bottle
Spare Hat (of course you are wearing your helmet)
Neck Fleece link
Face mask link
Spare mid layer we find merino the best
Goggles if not wearing them
Sunglasses if not wearing them
Whistle, some backpacks have this built in
Torch and or headlamp, some have auto SOS function link
First Aid Kit link
Bivvy Bag or thermal blanket link
Heat source, such as instant hand warmer or body warmer
Map of the area as detailed as possible
Some type of multi tool for quick adjustments.
It is always worth having the local emergency numbers pre programmed into you phone, and always tell someone your intended route and return time.
Our Backpack size is usually around 20 to 30 litres for a day trip off piste, I always plan on the worst side of having to spend the night on the mountain, never had to do this as an emergency yet, but the extra little things like heat source and torches help put my mind at rest a little!
The only other item which many people seem to carry is a hip flask with either whiskey or Brandy, not essential but quite a pleasant addition to your off piste skiing equipment
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