The backcountry isn't the resort: head out beyond the gate, and you're responsible for your own safety. Take precautions with our picks for the best safety gear of the winter, from an avalanche airbag to a pole that makes steep descents a little safer.
Black Diamond Whippet Ski Pole
Put an ice axe pick on a ski pole and you get a Whippet—a niche winter tool favored by alpinists who want an extra measure of safety. The problem is that ice axes are, well, sharp. Skiing with one attached to your ski pole when you don’t need it is courting disaster.
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