Want to avoid resort crowds? Self-powered summit bids and backcountry powder hunts only require two things: careful preparation and the right ski gear.

The Best Ski Gear for Backcountry Touring

Transalp 90 Carbon Fischer skis

Combining ultralight weight and serious versatility for the best experience up and down your mountain of choice, the Transalp’s carbon-fiber guts and Titanal buttressing offer no-compromise control in softer snow, while still able to smoke windblown corn.

POC Obex BC Spin Helmet

Safety features—including silicone pads that temper rotational forces in a crash, RECCO rescue reflectors, and an NFC Medical ID chip—don’t compromise comfort on the Obex BC Spin Helmet, with adjustable ventilation and removable earpads.