Equipment list

Equipment list for Ski freeride / Offpist skiing


1 Avalanche transceiver BeaconsMandatory

An avalanche transceiver is a small device, about the size of a paperback and weighing around 200 grams. It enables a group of off-piste enthusiasts to mount their own search and rescue operation in the event of an avalanche.
Reference
http://pistehors.com/
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1 Avalanche probeMandatory

Avalanche probe an invaluable tool in search of avalanche victims. You use the probe to stick done in the snow to find the person who is buried under the avalanche.
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1 Alpine SkisMandatory

Skis used in Alpine Skiing are precise, fast, and excellent for hard groomed Pist. They are designed for easy turning. The Ski Bindings securely fasten the foot to the Ski at toe and heel. It has a mechanism that detaches the Ski from the foot in case the force applied goes beyond the preset value. Alpine Skis are suitable for advanced to race levels.
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1 Avalanche shovelMandatory

An avalanche shovel is designed dig out people who are buried in an avalanche
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1 Ski bootMandatory

The ski boot gives the foot hold and provides a stabile connection from the foot to the ski. The ski boot has a special shape for the supports of the binding.
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1 Spare batteriesMandatory

You should always bring spare batteries for your lamp/GPS/avalanche receiver in case you get a flat battery
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1 Ski gogglesMandatory

A ski goggles with red or yellow glass can improve you sight dramatically and is a must to protect your eyes from the wind and to improve your sight during bad weather conditions
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1 ski polesMandatory

Ski poles (sometimes called "stocks") are used by skiers to improve balance, speed and acceleration.
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1 two-chamber gloveMandatory

A good quality two chamber glove is essential when skiing or in the mountain, they are primarily used when you are not sweating, or should be in your backpack as a reserve in case you main gloves get wet or it gets colder
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1 First aid kitMandatory

A First Aid Kit should always be in you backpack. From the standard stuff I also includes, Compeed against blister, Ibuprofen (Against pain in the joint, anti-inflammatory), Aspirin (against headache), Bepanthen (to treat small skin wounds), Climbing tape (For repairs and bandages), CPR leaflet, small cord (For repairs)
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1 Ski helmetIs good to have

A Ski helmet should nowadays be standard equipment. 15% of all injuries by skiing are head injuries
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1 Avalanche backpacksIs good to have

If you are caught in an avalanche, you can trigger an "Airbag" which is integrated into backpack; it will increase your buoyancy in the avalanche. In this way you can avoid being dragged down by avalanches and ending up in the surface. This will increase your chance of survival.Two manufacturers currently: ABS (according SLF database 120 cases documented in Europe, of which 114 people (95%) survived), Snowpulse (available since spring 2008, yet no).
Reference
http://www.snowpulse.ch/
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1 DAV-SnowCardIs good to have

The method from the German mountaineering club DAV to in a fast way to check and do risk assessment of avalanche danger
Reference
http://www.av-snowcard.de/
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1 Stop or Go CardIs good to have

The Stop or Go Card from Michael Larcher is preferred by the Austrian Alpine Club (ÖAV) to asses the avalanche danger
Reference
http://www.alpenverein.at/
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1 Check and RideIs good to have

Safety product to record the most important information given by the avalanche report.
Reference
http://www.ortovox.com
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1 AvalungIs good to have

With the AvaLung, someone buried by an avalanche is able to breathe the oxygen contained in the snow. Even heavily compressed snow has an air component of at least 50%. The person’s exhaled air is directed into the snowpack at the rear corner of the pack, away from the fresh air intake zone. This dramatically increases the amount of time a victim can breathe and stay alive while trapped in the snow
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1 Powder CordsIs good to have

Powder cords are long, brightly colored cords made from durable fabrics that attach to your bindings and trail out from your skis when you fall
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1 HeadlampIs good to have

A descent into the darkness without a headlamp can be dangerous if your tour for whatever reason, is delayed, you should always have a headlamp in your backpack. Also in the huts at night without lights, a headlamp is practical
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1 BinocularsIs good to have

Binoculars are good to have with you to find the best descent, or the best route.
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1 SuncreamIs good to have

In the mountains the sun is much stronger than in lower altitudes, also the snow reflects the sun back. When you are in the mountains you need a high quality sun cream to protect your skin. I use the children version because it will not cause irritation in your eyes when you sweat
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1 MobilephoneIs good to have

A mobile phone is good to have with you on your tours so you can call for help in case of emergency or to get the latest weather forecast. BUT it should be turned off during the tour so it doesn’t interfere with your avalanche rescue device.
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1 SunglassesIs good to have

To protect your eyes when you are in the mountain you need a high quality sunglasses with at least class 4 (Glacier proofed), also side protect so the sun can not shine in form the side is also preferable.
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