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Pro Ski and Mountain Service is our retail specialty store. It has been located in North Bend, WA since 1999.
The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.
EQUIPMENT LISTIf you are in need of any of these items, please follow the red links to see the equipment we have tested, recommend, and sell through our online retail shop, Pro Ski and Mountain Service.
BASE LAYER• 1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight• 1 Top - midweight or lightweight• Sock Liners• Ski Socks MID LAYER• Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece - only one of these is necessary OUTERWEAR• Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacket• Schoeller™ Type Pants• Warm Hat - should cover ears• Sun Hat - baseball type or visor• Lightweight Gloves• Ski GlovesPERSONAL GEAR• Day Pack – 25 to 40 Liters• Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide mouth, hydration system• Lunch and Snacks - appropriate for a full day outing• Sunglasses - adequate for snow travel• Goggles• Sunscreen - SPF >25, waterproof• Lip Balm - SPF 15+• Headlamp - lightweight LED recommended• Small Personal 1st aid kit - blister repair (Compeed™), aspirin, ibuprofen, etc. SKI GEAR• Skis - Alpine Touring or Telemark• Ski Boots - Alpine Touring or Telemark – no downhill boots• Ski Poles - telescopic poles work well, but not required• Climbing Skins• Ski Crampons - THESE ARE REQUIRED!• Ski BrakesSAFETY GEAR• Transceiver - single frequency, 457 kHz only• Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferred• Probe - dedicated probe only, ski poles do not sufficeTECHNICAL GEAR• Ice Axe - 55-70cm length, lightweight• Boot Crampons - check fit prior to departure• Climbing Harness - lightweight, BD Alpine Bod style (no padding)GLACIER TRAVEL KIT• 2 Locking Carabiners- (1) large HMS style and (1) regular locker• 2 Non-locking Carabiners - any style, we recommend wire gates• 1 Single Length Runner• 1 Double Length Runner• 1 Cordelette - 6 mm diameter, 6 meter lengthOPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate.• Thermos - vacuum type• Compass - adjustable declination a must• Altimeter - Suunto watch works well• Map Case - large zip-loc will suffice• Maps - contact guiding office for appropriate quadranglesGROUP GEAR PROVIDED BY PGS • Ropes• Technical Group Gear, VHF radio or SAT phone• Group 1st Aid Kit
Should I tip my guide? And how much should I tip them? Although tipping is not a requirement it is considered standard practice in the guiding industry and is appreciated by our guides. We generally recommend roughly 10%-15% of your course or trip cost or flat price tip that you are comfortable with.