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Orage JP Auclair Retallack





Co-Lab jacket A great jacket


designed by pro skier JP Auclair and the guides from the premiere cat- skiing Retallack Lodge. GORE- TEX is a major consideration when buying any jacket as its fabric has three main characteristics – it’s waterproof to keep you dry, windproof to keep you warm, and breathable to keep you comfortable all day. £459, www.skibartlett.com


Snowpulse


Lifebag 30L Snowpulse backpacks have an airbag inside the shoulder straps as well as a compressed air cylinder inside the pack. In the event of an avalanche, pulling the handle inflates the airbag in three seconds. The inflated airbag lifts an avalanche victim to the surface of a slide and helps protect the wearer from trauma to the head, spine, and chest. As well as being a potential lifesaver, it can accommodate all your needs, with 15 litre and 45 litre interchangeable options. I wouldn’t leave the resort without it. £679, http://shop .snowshepherd.co.uk


Oakley Splice Snow sunglasses Oakley has always been my choice of eyewear. The Splice’s design


relieves pressure on the nose and spreads it to the cheekbones increasing comfort and breathability – no one likes fogged goggles. This design also increases downward vision. My personal favourite is the Oakley Splice Snow – you can even customise them to get exactly the pair you want. £130, http://uk.oakley.com


Off-piste essentials


Voile Telepro avalanche shovel An avalanche shovel is a vital piece of kit, for all


the obvious reasons, and this is the only one I haven’t managed to break. £24.40, www.voile-usa.com


Mammut PULSE Barryvox


avalanche transceiver Fast and precise locating thanks to a 360° display and three antennas, this device is an advanced avalanche rescue sensor that allows the rescuer to locate multiple buried casualties simultaneously. It also acts a locating beacon if you are unlucky enough to be


caught in an avalanche yourself. £299.99, www.ellis-brigham.com


BCA SR3 probe Don’t buy light and short


probes – they snap and you also don’t want to miss your target! This one from Backcountry Access is nice and sturdy. £54.95, www.activesportsresources.co.uk


STEFAN DE LAUNE is a Guernsey-born skier who is about to embark on his eighth winter in Whistler, BC, Canada. Stefan is a qualified ski instructor, ski guide and snowmobile guide, and is available for lessons, ski and snowmobile tours or just some Whistler advice at stefandelaune@msn.com. All prices are correct at the time of going to press. Products are available from a broad range of websites, not just those featured, and more information on each item can always be found on the manufacturer’s own website.


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