There's nothing quite like backcountry skiing with its remote, untouched powder, and hard-earned descents. But it's also risky to go off-resort, where you'll have to fend for yourself in terms of deciphering the signs of shifting snow. Here are nine must-take items to help you read snow, avoid avalanches, and get back safe and sound.
Leatherman Hail + Style PS
The stainless steel Hail is a handy multitool for scraping wax, adjusting bindings, loosening bolts and screws, even opening a beer. The diminutive Style PS hides wire cutters, pliers, a nail file, tweezers, a bottle opener, and scissors. The combo nests them together into one compact, pocket-friendly package. [$47; leatherman.com]