Frequently Asked Questions About Backcountry Skiing

What time does the program begin?

We will meet at 7AM at our bunkhouse in Bartlett, NH. We will take 30-45 minutes to outfit you with any rental gear you need and head out to the trailhead.

What gear is needed for Ski Mountaineering?

The mandatory items include Alpine Touring Skis, Alpine Touring Bindings, Alpine Touring Boots, Skins for your Skis, Poles, Avalanche Transceiver, Shovel, Avalanche Probe, Helmet, Goggles, Down parka or ski jacket, winter hat, heavy gloves and mittens, snow or ski pant, sunglasses, 40L+ backpack (suitable for carrying skis if necessary). 2L+ Water in wide mouth Nalgene Bottles, Snacks, and proper clothing layers. Avalanche Transceiver, Probe, and Shovel are mandatory available to rent at NEM.

How long do we ski for?

We usually arrive at the trailhead between 8AM and 8:30AM. We will arrive back at the bunkhouse around 4PM depending on what your tour entails.

What should I wear?

Please come dressed in appropriate clothing. Layering is the best practice in the outdoors as it allows you to manage your body temperature. You can check out our “Equipment List” for more info. Be sure to have an extra warm jacket for when you are taking a break. Wear synthetic clothing such as wool, polyester, down, Capilene materials as they wick sweat away from the body and dry out quickly. Avoid cotton at all costs.

Is it safe?

Our guides are trained to mitigate the dangers of the backcountry. While we cannot take 100% of the risk out of the outdoors, the likelihood of any incident is very low.

How difficult is the uphill travel?

The tour will be catered to the overall experience and fitness of the group. We will make every effort to accommodate your goals for the day but weather and snow conditions reign supreme. Using skins on your skis, is not much harder than hiking, however it may use specific muscles that you may not be used to while hiking.

How many people are in a group?

We offer a maximum ratio of 4 skiers per guide for ski touring.

Are there age restrictions?

As long as you are approved for strenuous activity and/or you have a parent/guardian signature, you are good to go! This activity is for ages 10+. Difficulty levels range from beginner to advanced.

Can I rent the gear I need?

Yes! We rent everything you may need for ski touring. You can reserve your gear rentals on and pick up your gear right at our shop where you you will also meet your guide. We rent skis, boots, avalanche safety gear, packs, skins, poles and more!