Beacon, shovel, probe: There are some things every responsible skier needs to carry in the backcountry. But after the snow safety and hard goods, there are the essentials that tag along in your pack for every tour. Here’s what’s in our ski-obsessed contributing writer’s kit.
Stio Environ Bib
Trust us: Bibs are the way to go in the backcountry, because no one wants to fuss with the bulky waist of ski pants sagging under their hip belt. We ladies can have a hard time finding comfortable ones, but these fit the bill (they come in an equally comfortable men’s version, too). The waist has a semi-loose fit, legs are tailored just enough to allow freedom of movement with a nice silhouette, and side zippers double as venting and a drop-seat for when nature calls. Plus, the 150-denier waterproof polyester Dermizax shell material proved durable enough for even the most die-hard ski bums. $359.20; 30 oz.; Buy Stio Environ Bib Now
Bonus: Need a post-run beer? Our writer recommends New Image Brewing's Coriolis Effect ($15 for a six-pack). This floral and hoppy New Zealand style IPA balances tropical notes with the dry and bitter ones, and will have you frothing for a handle (a Kiwi pint) at the end of your powder run.