Snacks, mountain money (TP), lighter—shit can add up like a car camping trip when you head out into the backcountry. But man, it's nice when you're slashing up some pow with nothing but a light pack on your back. From sidecountry to peak-bagging, work your way there with this choice gear.

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Black Diamond Bandit AvaLung Kit ($280)

All the essentials in one streamlined sidecountry kit.
Bandit AvaLung Pack: slim, simple, and perfect for sidecountry, snowcat, and heli trips with the built in safety of an AvaLung.
Deploy 3 Shovel: the handle is slotted into the blade and always connected for swift digging.
Quickdraw Super Tour Probe 265: aluminum for strength with cone connectors for rapid deploy.

Pieps DSP Sport Beacon ($275)

The three antennae deliver rapid, precise signal pinpointing and the one-button and bold LCD functionality makes it simple to use if the urgency arises.

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Jones 30L R.A.S. Pack ($299)

The perfect sized pack for a day trip in the backcountry with optional airbag compatibility (Snowpulse R.A.S. unit and canister $640) and technical straps and sleeves to fit all the essential alpine gear.

Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket ($300)

Weight savings and warmth in one. This jacket stuffs 800-fill goose down into a featherweight and water-resistant nylon ripstop shell, creating a packable layer of heat for cold parking lots to colder summits.

Burton AK Guide Glove ($115)

Gore-Tex waterproofing and breathability molded into a movement-enhancing anatomical fit by Gore's X-Trafit tech, all backed by leather longevity and the perfect amount of insulation.

Smith Vice Goggle ($140)

Vision is arguably the most important sense out in the wild. Keep yours fog-free, clear and crispy by packing an extra goggle with multiple lens tints.

Burton Rudi Beanie ($45)

Rag-dolling sucks. What sucks even more is stuffing your head back in that cold, snow-filled beanie. Backcountry rule of thumb: bring two.

HydroFlask 24 oz. Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle ($28)

Bladders and single-wall bottles are great, but they often succumb to freezing. This double-wall insulated one keeps coffee or your soup du jour warm for 12 hours and your cosmos from freezing.

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K2 Panoramic Splitboard Kit ($900)

A nice, floaty, setback shape for the pow hunt that includes all the necessary Voile mounting hardware and proprietary K2 skins with a slick mounting system. 

K2 Speed Link Poles ($130)

The re-designed flip-lock lever shrinks theses poles to a mere 13 inches in seconds, making it the smallest splitboarding pole on the market.

 Osprey Variant 52 ($199)

Bred around alpine activity, this lightweight pack features glove-friendly buckles, snow and ice tool storage, and just enough room for extended tours and overnight approaches.

Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp ($60)

Boasting a whopping 110-lumens, USB charging or AAA battery power, and weather-resistant housing, this little light is potent.

Black Diamond Raven Ultra Ice Axe ($110)

Light and little with a big bite, the Raven Ultra was designed around snow mountaineering with its minimal weight and size.

MSR Reactor 1.0L Stove ($170)

Jeremy Jones originally turned us on to this one for good reason. It's the most efficient compact stove on the market that performs in a bevy of weather conditions.