$1000 Joe 2011 — Budget Ski Gear

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | June 7, 2011      

Joe’s beat Black Diamond Resolutions were making him say a “Hail Mary” every time he made a jump turn in our local couloirs, so our old buddy begged us to find him some good deals on backcountry skiing gear. Since this can be a good time of year for prices we put our heads together and came up with a hotlinked shopping list of gear that any backcountry skier could use, whether you need an update or are just starting in the sport:

Skis: G3 Zenoxide, 105 at the waist is in the sweet spot for the up and the down. $350.00 Backcountry.com

Boots: Scarpa Matrix, still works. $370.00 Sierratradingpost.com

Bindings: G3 Onyx $250.00 Backcountry.com

Skins: Black Diamond Ascension STS, tried and true, 65mm-140mm $98.00-126.00 Backcountry.com

Poles: BD Traverse $49.00 Backcountry.com

Shovel: Voile Telepro $32.00

Beacon: BCA Tracker, about as tested and reliable as you can get, $232.00 Backcountry.com

Probe: BD Quickdraw 190cm $26.00 Backcountry.com

Pack: REI Fall Line 30L $55.00 Rei.com

Editors note: Due to inflation $1000 Joe is now somewhere around $1,499 Joe, but he changed jobs from dishwashing to waiting tables, so no problem. Besides, if any reader want to chime in with comments about gear deals they know of, we’re sure that’ll help keep Joe’s fisc intact.

We could have added more gear to the list, such as ski crampons, boot crampons, ice axe, harness, rope, sat phone, a box of GU gels, airbag pack, AED, and more. But the above represents a starting point for someone who wants to make the plunge into backcountry skiing and needs to do it on a budget, or for someone who is looking to add to their quiver. And of course, you could do it even cheaper than this, but we’re not going to share the location of our favorite dumpster — that would be like blogging about another ski tour at Duffy!

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You'll want some backcountry ski gear to get here. West Pearl Mountain. Central Elks, Colorado.


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12 Responses to “$1000 Joe 2011 — Budget Ski Gear”

  1. AndyC June 7th, 2011 9:19 am

    Used gear, especially tele gear and skis under 90 mm at the waist; all over the place; a lot is free. 😆

  2. D June 7th, 2011 9:52 am


  3. Bryan June 7th, 2011 12:39 pm

    And each link is from Avantlink. By clicking through to purchase that budget gear, you are supporting Wildsnow by giving them a referral comission on your purchase!

  4. Lou June 7th, 2011 1:43 pm

    Bryan, exactly. Most folks already know we try to do as much affiliate sales here as we can, which really really help support the website. Always appreciate you guys shopping the links!

  5. Lou June 7th, 2011 1:44 pm

    P.S., Avantlink seems to be choking the load of the website! Perhaps those affiliate links are not such a good idea!

  6. Kevin June 10th, 2011 1:36 am

    I wouldn’t recommend the REI pack. I’ve ripped the zipper out of the seam twice during normal operation. Both times while out on a tour – not enjoyable.

  7. Frame June 13th, 2011 7:42 am

    telemark pyrenees for the european readers, though I think they ship anywhere.

  8. VIP Chalets June 24th, 2011 3:10 am

    Good post despite the affiliate marketing. I had a similar problem to Kevin with the REI pack, I wouldn’t recommend them!

  9. Lou June 24th, 2011 7:47 am

    Anyone suggest a budget rucksack?

  10. brian h June 24th, 2011 8:05 am

    Rucksack as in backpack? Kelty or Hi Sierra.

  11. JD June 24th, 2011 8:37 am

    Deuter has some great backpacks that offer lots of value and features for the $$

  12. Dell February 22nd, 2012 12:11 pm

    Did I type that incompletely? Your affiliate Sierra Trading Post always has great rucksack bargains.

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