I love skiing so much I do it year-round! I’ve been skiing every month of the year for almost four years now. I walk long distances in search of snow during the summer months, and enjoy earning my turns in the backcountry during the winter months. I also hike and trail-run to enjoy the beautiful mountains of the Pacific Northwest.
Dynafit Mercury DST Softshell Pant - Women's
Great spring touring pant
I first fell in love with the Mercury Softshell jacket and then decided to complete my kit with the Mercury Softshell pant. I’m 5’6”, 118lbs and went with size small. The length is great and the adjustable waist tabs allow me to expand or contract depending on my baselayer thickness. The skinnier leg cut helps avoid crampon mishaps while ascending. They are a little warm on sunny, windless days due to mesh in the thigh vents, but at least the mesh keeps snow out when I forget to zip them up for the descent! They shed moisture and somewhat block wind, but I tend to opt for a hardshell pant in adverse conditions.
prAna Halle Pant - Women's
Best Everyday Pants
I live in these pants. I hike, camp, get groceries, go to the brewery...basically do everything in these pants. I have them in 3 colors and I need more! They stretch, so order a size down. They come in short, regular, and tall inseams. I’m a 32” inseam and the regular length is perfect!
FlyLow Gear Nina Pant - Women's
I’m on my second consecutive pair of FlyLow Nina pants. The first pair met their demise after too many crampon-punctures to patch, and they were so dirty my friends didn’t want to be seen with me. I can’t say enough good things about these pants! Waterproof, roomy pockets, adjustable waist for the days when you wear extra layers (or just ate too much pizza the night before), and the best thing about them...dual-venting! Inner and outer-thigh zips provide excellent ventilation on a sweaty skintrack. There’s no mesh restricting the breeze, and the outer thigh zips open from hip to knee for maximum airflow.
Salomon MTN Explore Alpine Touring Boots
Lightweight Touring Boot
I have the women’s version of this boot, which is a 90 flex. Coming from a race-boot background, the flex seems a little light at times, but when you’re floating through pow in the backcountry it’s no problem at all! The cuff-angle in ski-mode is a little more upright than I would prefer, but lighter flex makes them easy to drive. The 63-degree range-of-motion in walk mode makes up for the minimal downhill sacrifice of a softer boot. I searched for a narrow-last touring boot for years before finding these and at a 98mm last, they fit my skinny feet great!
Outdoor Research Aspire Jacket - Women's
Rain or snow, you’ll stay dry!
This jacket has quickly become a year-round 11th essential in my pack. It’s light enough to carry anywhere and in the Pacific Northwest, you need Gore-Tex for every season. I started bringing it along on ski trips last summer as a wind-proof layer, and fell in love! The full-length pit-zips that go all the way to the bottom hem let in enough air to keep cool on the way up, and it layers well over a puffy when you need some insulation. On a backcountry hut-trip this spring, the Aspire jacket was the only Gore-Tex layer I brought and it was perfect on sunny and snowy days.
Eddie Bauer Sisu 40L Pack
Great ski-mountaineering pack!
This pack has all of the pockets and gear attachments you could ever want for a volcano mission. The dedicated crampon pouch detaches if you don’t need to bring the ‘pons and the front pocket rips open with one tug if you need to quickly access your avalanche probe and shovel. The ice axe garage and gear loops keep everything secure for your ski-descent. The full-zip access to the main pocket makes grabbing snacks or extra layers a piece of cake, even with skis A-framed on the sides of the pack. The 40L size can accommodate overnight gear as well. My only complaint is that the hip belt doesn’t have a pocket for my chap-stick and phone.