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Never leave home without your avalanche gear unless you plan on sticking to low angle terrain. Move on rock and ice safely with crampons, ice axes, and harnesses. Don't forget your helmet!

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You can be racing uphill without being in a race. Whether you are spandex clad or not anyone can appreciate the weight savings of ARVA's Race Carbon shovel. Built specifically for the race scene, the shaft length and overall blade dimensions are optimized for low weight with high levels of functionality and performance. Comboed with ARVA's Race 240 probe you can fit everything you ..
$94.95
Made to be light and compact, the Neve Pro is a must-have for when the skin track turns into a near-vertical boot pack. With 10 points, the Neve Pro doesn’t skimp in the traction department, while the aluminum toe and heel help to keep the weight (or lack thereof) in check. The quick-lock center cable offers seamless tool-free adjustment while allowing the crampon to fold on itself..
$169.95
Offering just the right amount of protection, especially when considering their weight and breathability, climbing helmets are increasingly being pressed into service by many backcountry users looking to cash in on these qualities. Seeing this trend, companies like Mammut and Petzl have devised a “ski touring” standard that recognizes the unique protective considerations ski tourin..
$119.95
Like anything made by Petzl’s master craftspeople, the Trigrest weds functionality with simplicity. Compatible with Petzl Ice Axes such as the Ride, Gully and Sum’tec, the Trigrest is a pommel intended to enhance swing weight and grip, preventing whoopsy-daisies that could see an axe careening out of your hand into a lurking bergschrund. The nylon and steel construction has a super..
$21.95
It's well known that the Blue Ice Aero Lite ice screws help you levitate up ice climbs, thanks in part to their three-toothed design. However, it's equally well known that those teeth don't play nice with clothes or other soft goods. Should you lose the original protective cap that comes with each screw, grab a few more to keep your clothes intact when they have to share space with..
$14.95
Balancing technical prowess, rugged durability, lightweight, and an approachable price point, the Falk Ice Axe is a sturdy addition to the Blue Ice family. Swapping a titanium head for a steel one, the Falk is built from the same bones as the Hummingbird. Both axes feature an intuitive dual-textured grip, a featherweight aluminum shaft, and a beveled spike for security when plunged..
$119.95
Some advantages of protecting the pointy ends of your ice axe include: 1.) Preventing damage to your snow tools. 2.) Preventing damage to all other gear within close proximity of your snow tools 3.) Preventing damage to your body. These thermoplastic doodads come in safety orange so they can be easily spotted at the bottom of your pack. They also come with nifty closures so they ar..
$9.95
Transfer lots of snow while your partners are green with envy. This Envy Green Transfer LT shovel from Black Diamond is a lightweight, all-aluminum backcountry shovel that values both weight and durability. The riveted blade design let BD engineers keep the metal thin so it can slice through set-up avalanche debris. Strategically placed holes drop weight without affecting the 550cm..
$99.95
CAMP's Voyager helmet. Cool name for a cool helmet that keeps you cool. 17 (go ahead and count them) vents are just one of the upshots of this brain bucket. Don't worry, it will keep you warm as well. A removable liner and removable ear flaps will have you comfortably skiing and well protected from mid-winter, to spring all the way through volcano season. When those ski days become..
$139.95
Race sometimes? Go fast all the time? If this describes your style, then ARVA built the Plume Carbon shovel just for you. Featuring a lightweight carbon fiber shaft, you can shave grams without sacrificing durability; ARVA knows your shovel needs to work in the event that it is needed. The T-grip handle makes for easy handling while shoveling from either side to let you move snow e..
$79.95
Beacon, probe, and avalanche shovels are essential for recreating in the backcountry, ARVA's Evo5 Combo Kit has everything you need. The Evo5 beacon is light and compact enough to feel comfortable in your pocket while boasting a 50m searching range, group check, and multiple burial functions. The Spark 240 probe is made from 7075 aluminum tubing and stainless-steel tension cord, wh..
$439.95
Increasingly, many airbag owners are discovering the benefits of a battery-operated system. That is, the ability to travel on an airplane, multiple deployments on a single charge, and forgoing the hassle of needing to refill a canister after a single use. Recognizing this, Ortovox and Arc’teryx collaborated to create the Avabag Litric platform. Taking this platform, Ortovox made th..
$1199.95
If you make a living teaching avalanche courses or otherwise value squeezing the most utility out of your avalanche transceiver, the ARVA Neo BT Pro is here to push the envelope. Boasting a massive 80 meters of search strip width, the search range can be pushed even further to 90 meters in analog mode (complemented by automatic sensitivity calibration). Other high-end capabilities ..
$399.95
Commandment #2477 of ski alpinism: thou shalt not scramble on rock with aluminum crampons. Instead of wincing each time you encounter a surface of mineralogic origin, suit up with the Dynafit Mezzalama Crampon, knowing you’ll have the best blend of durability and weight savings. The Mezzalama is built from the same chassis as the Dynafit DNA crampons but swaps the aluminum for full..
$249.95
When you’re engaged in a European ski mountaineering race, it’s much more encouraging to hear cries of “Allez, allez, allez!” than “Oh, la la la!” To cultivate a more uplifting ratio of these phrases, the Dynafit DNA crampons will be your trusty ami(e). Tailored specifically for ski racing, these full-aluminum, ten-pointed spikey bits are ideal on packed, wind-affected, or refrozen..
$249.95
Atomic has really upped the ante with the technologically-infused Backland UL CTD helmet. Sharing the same AMID and holocore safety features--plus swappable liners and 360 degree fit system--with the standard UL helmet, the CTD also features Shocksense impact technology. This means the helmet analyzes its five different impact zones following a crash to determine whether it is dama..
$359.95
Atomic’s Backland line has long set the standard for precise and reliable ski touring equipment, from bindings to boots to skis. This pattern has continued with the Backland UL helmet, made for lightweight touring yet jam-packed with an unrivaled feature set. Triple-certified for biking, skiing and climbing, this helmet is ready for year-round outdoor adventures. Just as exciting i..
$259.95
The Alpine Avy Safety Set from Black Diamond is a compelling set of light and fast backcountry skiing safety gear. The professional SKU makers at BD have combined the svelte Recon LT beacon with the impressive Transfer LT shovel and a Quickdraw Carbon 240 probe. If you prefer to travel on the lighter side, this package fits great in a lightweight ski pack and provides the tools nec..
$499.95
Race weight and ready for reconnaissance! The BD Recon LT beacon is the ticket for light and fast alpine missions and skimo races. Ostensibly replacing the Pieps Micro, this adorable beacon features Bluetooth connectivity so you can stay on top of staying on top. A 50-meter range isn't for guides but suffices for lots of touring, missioning, and certainly racing. One battery keeps ..
$349.95
Blue Ice’s Harfang crampons are splendidly lightweight, with a minimum of excess parts. However, should you need a replacement, these parts will do the trick. All parts are sold in pairs and compatible with the Harfang crampon series. ABS Anti-Balling System - TPU plastic plates secure using Phillips screws to the front, secondary, and rear rails to prevent dangerous snow buildu..
From $15.95
Were you the runt of the family? You may have been the lightest, but you were probably the quickest too. Blue Ice's Harfang Tour is just the same - the lightest option in the Harfang family that will allow you to go that much faster as you carry less in your pack, or on your feet. The all-aluminum construction when paired with the slick Harfang design shaves weight that other cramp..
$169.95
We have all heard the term, "as hard as steel." If you need a set of crampons that fall into that category, then the all ChroMoly steel Blue Ice Harfang Enduro crampons can be your new rough and tumble adventure partner. This amazing design doesn't just look cool, it saves weight, offers up configuration options, and allows these sharps to squish down into a cute little ball of poi..
$159.95
Black Diamond's Guide Snow Saw is a unique multitool. Sure it rips through snow with the razor-sharp teeth, but it also has bonus features that are just what you need when you pull it out. There is a pit cord attached for cutting ECT blocks that stores on the handle, potentially helping with grip while sawing. Also integrated is a crystal card so it really is a many-in-one snow sci..
$59.95
Versatile, convenient and can save the day! Beal's accessory cord has as many uses as a caterpillar has legs. These smaller diameter options can be used for repairs, for hanging or attaching things to your pack or yourself, or as a small lasso for your cat. If you are looking for larger diameter cord for bigger, badder, better needs you can check out our Petzl Cords that start at 4..
From $0.12
When you're looking for a ski racing harness there aren't many boxes you need to check, but those that do need to be checked are paramount to your safety, comfort, and fun. Thankfully, CAMP's Alp Race Harness confidently checks every one of them! The Alp Race Harness is extremely lightweight, breathable, and tear-resistant. It comes with a small pouch that enables it to pack down t..
$59.95
To rappel, or not to rappel? That is the question. Whether it is nobler in the mind to down climb or suffer the extra weight of thy harness and rope that will add to your pack. With William Shakespeare’s words echoing in your head these are not decisions that we should take lightly, but with CAMP’s new feather-light Alp CR ski mountaineering harness this decision comes much easier...
$69.95
Durable, lightweight, trustworthy. Think of the Mammut 240 Short as the "Sting" to your Bilbo Baggins. This trusty sidekick is made with high-quality aluminum and features an effective telescopic locking tension system. The drop-shaped tip adds to the probe’s efficacy in penetrating compressed snow. When you are up against a dense debris pile, these features give you the confidence..
$54.95
No need to spell check, Petzl knows just what they are talking about with the Pur Line. At a scant 20g per meter, this technical piece of equipment is feature-filled and ready to support your next epic day in the mountains. The 100% HMPE (high-modulus polyethylene) construction is very durable and perfect for hauling gear and retrieving ropes in extreme environments. A rough-textur..
$239.95
The Plume TS shovel has taken the ultralightweight Plume shovel and added a telescopic shaft making a good thing better. Like its predecessor, it is extremely lightweight, durable, and compact as the Plume but in the Plume TS, Arva has updated the shovel to incorporate even more surface area without adding weight. This creates a more efficient shovel without concerns for extra heft..
$84.95 From $74.95
“Good friends, deep snow, wood-fired hot tubs, seclusion, and plenty of whiskey.” This is an old recipe that all but guarantees a good ski trip. We’ve also found that gear called “Ski Trip” doesn’t hurt while out on a ski trip, either. Thankfully, Arva got the memo and ensured that their Ski Trip Shovel followed suit and is aptly named for the good times. With its telescoping handl..
$74.95 $59.96
The Aero Lite Ice Screw from Blue Ice is a welcomed addition to any ski mountaineer's rack. Designed in the heart of Chamonix, these screws are some of the lightest ice screws on the market. A 13cm Aero Lite is significantly lighter than its Petzl Laser Speed Light counterpart. How is that possible? Both the shaft and hanger have been forged out of aluminum while the crank implemen..
$84.95
Only Petzl could design an even slimmer, simpler yet truly well-crafted and elegant progress capture pulley in the wake of the famed Micro Traxion. Behold the Nano Traxion! This nifty piece of gear was seemingly created with weight-conscious ski mountaineers in mind by shaving off even more precious grams for an already extremely compact device. The Nano Traxion now provides users ..
$99.95
A beacon that talks to you? Yep! Well, technically the Ortovox Diract Voice is only a chatty Cathy during search mode. Nonetheless, as the world's first beacon featuring voice navigation, Ortovox built the Diract Voice with the intent to create an even more intuitive beacon. Imagine for a minute that you're in the beacon park taking the time to educate yourself. As the drill begins..
$449.95
The Harfang Crampon from Blue Ice is one of the more innovative pointy accessories we've seen in recent memory. Featuring a three-part design, the Harfang is a highly packable crampon that rivals the likes of the Petzl Irvis Hybrid. With front points made from steel and the rest being made from aluminum, you're bound to notice the weight reduction AND increased security. Blue Ice h..
$179.95
Airbags, contrary to their name, are not made of air, and thus are not known to be the lightest of protective systems. This abundance of extra heft, therefore, has traditionally left many airbags out of the quivers of those seeking to put in the biggest vertical days. Thankfully, the good folks at Arva realized the need and created the Tour 25 UL. This airbag is light on weight but..
$729.95
In recent years, ski mountaineers have been looking for that sweet-spot ice axe - one that is light and compact enough to bring along without much of a weight penalty but is able to confidently set a pick when things get spicy. The Akila is Blue Ice’s worthy entry into the, let’s call it, “swingable ultralight” category means it carries like a butterfly but swings like a bee. A Chr..
$159.95
It may look like a jump rope, but unlike the traditional schoolyard toy, BCA's ECT Cord has the ability to help keep you safe while playing in your mountain playground. After all, Extended Column Tests (ECT) aren't very helpful if you're digging them out with your ski poles. By using this ECT Cord, you can create consistent snow pits. With knots every 10 inches (25cm) and two alumi..
$31.95
ARVA’s Guard shovel is a straightforward take on the modern avalanche shovel. Its new compact blade was created to make it easy to step on and efficiently shovel, no matter the type of snow. The 76cm shaft provides great leverage for shoveling when time is of the essence. It may bail on fancy weight saving features found on other models, but its reliability and packability means it..
$64.95 $58.45
Identifying snow crystals in snow pits can be a fun time. Identifying snow crystals in a pit with some wind, good luck. Fortunately, our friends at BCA made a new Magnifying Loupe with closed sides to help you nerd out in the ever-changing weather. This Loupe allows you to view snow crystals 15 times their actual size, which is an extra 50% more than its predecessor. If you're seri..
$19.95
If the unthinkable happens and someone in your party is buried in an avalanche, speed matters more than anything. The quicker someone is found and dug out, the more likely it is that they will survive to thank you with a cold beer later. Knowledge, training, and practice are quintessential to a fast rescue, but having the right equipment can't be understated when every second count..
$109.95
The CAMP Corsa Leash is being released with its friends, the Corsa Race and Corsa Alpine ice axes. However, this leash is compatible with any axe of your choosing. It's lightweight, weighing in at only 25 grams, and it is extremely easy to adjust the wrist loops while also maintaining a firm position once adjusted. This leash is easy to use and comes in a sleek black color. Take so..
$24.95
The ARVA Spark 240 is the BMW Isetta of the probe world; it's compact, yet still incredibly functional. It may not turn heads in quite the same way, but it does have all the features and ease of use you want in a probe, and it comes in a more easily stowed package. With 8 sections measuring 30cm each instead of the traditional 6 segments of 40cm, this probe will fit much more easil..
$59.95 $44.95
The ARVA Rescue 300 probe is designed for professionals and backcountry enthusiasts who recreate in areas of the world with a consistently deeper snowpack. The 8 37.5cm long sections make it relatively packable despite the extra length when fully deployed. When it comes time to put this gear to use, the Rack Lock system allows for quick and efficient setup. The 13mm diameter shaft ..
$89.95 From $79.95
If you are in need of a super lightweight, skimo racing specific probe, look no further than the Arva Race 240. This probe weighs just 122g and, like the older Carbon Compact, has eight 30cm sections rather than six 40cm sections. Looking to be even more compact and lightweight? The Race 240 Probe can answer your call; one section can be removed if desired, saving some weight and l..
$99.95 From $79.95
The backcountry is a sacred place where the cares of our busy day-to-day should be forgotten. Conversation should revolve around the excitement for the skiing to come, the sting of cold air in your lungs, the majesty of sparkling snow and towering trees. Or, you can talk about gear and how psyched you are that you picked up ARVA's Access probe! This lightweight, compact little gem ..
$49.95 From $39.95
Snap a cable on your Cramp-ins? Manage to lose a hook? Pick up a replacement or backup spare parts for your Dynafit Cramp-Ins here. Cramp-In Cable - The cable connecting the toe and heel pieces of the Cramp-In crampon. Sold individually. Cramp-In Hook - The metal hook at the front of the crampon that attaches to the front of the boot. Sold individually. Cramp-In Adapter fo..
From $7.95
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