Editors note: Avalanche beacons are one of the most important factors when it comes to surviving an avalanche. Combined with a shovel, probe, skills to use this device, and knowledge of backcountry terrian, a beacon is crucial. Take an avalanche course before heading into dangerous terrain.
Line has seen immense success from their versatile Prophet series, with widths ranging from 90 mm to 130mm. Previously, the width options jumped from 100- 130mm underfoot, which left a big gap.
Enter the Prophet 115. With P-cut technology, this ski seamlessly travels from groomers to powder. Early rise tip and tail allow easy turn initiation (read: they’re easier to ski), and help you float when it’s deep. A metal-structured core adds strength and stability.
The Salomon Quest W is an AT boot. But it doesn't ski like one.
Last season, I bought a very stiff, high-end alpine boot. A telemarker by trade, I was wary to jump headlong into stiff, uncomfortable boots. But I did. And I hated them. Like a wuss, I had to stop in the lodge to take them off— multiple times a day. I just couldn't get used to those boots.
A vintage aesthetic with modern tech specs (750-fill goose down insulation and articulated sleeves) to keep you stylish and warm. Available in hot pink/white, black/white, white/collegiate blue, kelly green/white, black and collegiate blue. $189; spyder.com
Rocker technology has trickled down from the fattest powder skis, and will help you navigate everything from hard snow to choppy crud. Check out the K2 Rictor for a versatile ski with "speed terrain" rocker.
Where the AfterShock features K2’s “all-terrain” rocker, its little brother the Rictor gets “speed rocker.” Just the forward 10 percent is rockered—the rest is traditionally cambered. K2 pairs that profile with a huge tip and aggressive sidecut for an 80-mm ski that carves with enthusiasm but never talks back. It gets excellent marks in forgiveness—truly an everyday frontside ski an a worthy successor to the late, great Apache Recon.