Freeride gear helps you charge through anything the mountain can throw at you.
There is nothing quite like skiing powder, surfing through light snow can often feel like you are floating on air. Many prefer to spend their entire holiday searching for stashes of white gold-dust outside the piste poles. However, even in the most snow-sure resorts can’t guarantee powder every week of the season, so freeride gear needs to inspire confidence in all snow conditions.
In the days of old, ungroomed snow was reserved for expert skiers with impeccable technique. However, the modern crop of freeride kit enables confident intermediate skiers to unlock off piste terrain. More and more resorts are offering avalanche controlled ‘freeride areas’ and ungroomed runs (or itineraries), there’s never been a better time to kit up and venture off piste, although make sure you are exploring new terrain safely.
Freeride skiing is somewhat of a spectrum, with equipment picking up where all-mountain kit ends and extending further and further. As such choosing the right setup for you can often seem like a tall mountain to scale, fortunately, we are on hand with our friends at Snow+Rock to help you find your perfect freeride setup with our 2019 buying guide.