PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Whether dipping out-of-bounds for some sidecountry shredding or going on a full-on expedition, this is the gear you need.

1. Pieps DSP Avalanche Beacon ($380)
pieps.com
Super long range with three antennae and a digital display all from a backcountry name you can trust.

2. MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes ($270)
cascadedesigns.com
Boot- and glove-friendly straps, an uphill climbing mode, and a flexing frame make these lightweight shoes backcountry ready.

3. MTN Approach System ($795)
mtnapproach.com
Go deep sans splitboard with this foldable approach ski system from ex-pro shredder Cory Smith’s garage startup company.

4. K2 Pilchuck Kit ($190)
k2snowboarding.com
Everything you need (minus a transceiver) in one simple kit. It includes the Pilchuck Pack, Rescue Shovel, and Aluminum Probe.

5. BCA B1 EXT Shovel ($50)
backcountryaccess.com
Fully redesigned for 2012, this shovel is low-profile, pack-friendly, and features a rugged, bombproof blade.

6. Mizu M8 Water Bottle ($20)
mizulife.com
BPA-free and built with a new, leakproof lid