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Packlist: Essential Gear for Spring Ski Touring

Eric Oxner, owner of Golden Ski Guides, lists his must-have accessories for ski touring this season.

Spring doesn’t mean that the ski season is over – in fact, to some people it is just beginning. Spring also doesn’t mean that conditions are predictable; more often than not, they’re just the opposite.

This year Golden, British Columbia has received roughly 389 inches (988 cm) of snow so far, which is bit more than the 295-inch (750 cm) yearly average. Needless to say, there is still a lot of skiing to be had this season.

We recently caught up with Eric Oxner of Golden Ski Guides for a special assisted ski-tour of the Purcell Mountain Range in Golden, BC. Besides offering traditional ski touring trips, Golden Ski Guides offers “heli bumps” and “sled access” trips, as well.

We got a heli bump with Great Canadian Heli-Skiing and were quickly in the alpine ready to do some laps. Here are the essential accessories that Oxner always carries on spring ski touring days.

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