When you’re fanatical about living and playing in snow country, too much ski stuff is never enough. But as a devoted skier, snowboarder, winter camper or mountaineer, you know that being prepared for anything can be a matter of life or death. Don’t let something as simple equipment malfunction ruin your day. Having the right backcountry equipment when you need it, is clutch.
Luckily, most problems only affect your performance and are often just a quick fix. Being able to maintain your gear when you’re away from home is a luxury that most people take for granted. But you know that the ski season is far too short to have even one day ruined by something silly.
Devoting a compartment or two in your backpack for all of your ski gadgets will become an invaluable decision when the need arises. Having replacement parts, some roll on ski wax or a side wall cutter will come in handy.
Early in the season, before the ground is sufficiently covered with a solid base of groomed snow, core shots happen more often. Later in the season, you may be dealing with loose bindings or buckles. Either way, your performance is hindered. Staying out on the slopes can do more damage to your gear or even worse, cause you an injury.
Winter emergencies don’t always happen on the slopes. Life in the city can bring around inconveniences and trying situations as well. If you live in an area where the temperatures drop to dangerous levels or that gets bombarded with snow and ice, you understand.
Keep a rucksack with a bunch of cross country ski gear and toss it into the trunk of the car. Having specialty items like a tactical shovel, emergency pocket saw or a multi-purpose tool with a knife can get you out of a jam if spin out on an icy roadway.
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