Gear & Equipment - Avalanche Education Courses

Gear, Equipment Rentals, Books & Maps

Equipment List:

  • Non-cotton top and bottom base layer
  • Puffy overcoat, and/or other insulation layer (synthetic or down)
  • Waterproof/windproof outer shell jacket and pants (or bibs)
  • Waterproof snow gloves and mittens (or second pair of gloves)
  • Lightweight gloves for uphill travel
  • Warm hat and baseball cap
  • Helmet (recommended)
  • Sunglasses and goggles
  • Sunscreen
  • 1 or 2 liters of water (water bladders not recommended for winter use)
  • Thermos of hot drink (optional)
  • Sack lunch and snacks (sack dinner for Saturday of Level 1 classes)
  • Alpine touring, telemark or snowboard boots**
  • Alpine touring or telemark skis or splitboard**
  • Ski Poles with powder baskets**
  • Skins if using skis or splitboard**
  • Clinometer, snow saw and snowpit kit (optional)
  • Beacon *
  • Shovel *
  • Probe *
  • Backpack (25-40 liters)*
Avalanche with adjacent skier in Silver Fork

Avalanche with adjacent skier in Silver Fork

Photo by Bruce Tremper

*   UMA will provide you these items at no cost if you need them.
** These items are available for rent at local shops.

Utah Mountain Adventures Rentals:

Alpine touring skis and skins: $40
Split-snowboard, skins and poles: $45
Snowshoes and poles: $15

UMA guides can deliver and adjust this gear for you. Prices are per day, and do not include sales tax.

Rental Shops:

Alta Sports

in Alta

(801) 742-3110

Black Diamond Retail

2070 E. 3900 South, Salt Lake City

(801) 278-0233


3285 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City

(801) 486-2100

Wasatch Touring

702 E 100 S, Salt Lake City

(801) 359-9361

Outdoor Adventures at George S. Eccles Student Life Center

1836 Student Life Way

(801) 581-8516

White Pine Touring

1790 Bonanza Drive, Park City

(435) 649-8710

Books and Maps:


Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalance Hazard. By Jill Fredston & Doug Fessler.

Avalanche Essentials; A Step-By-Step System For Safety And Survival. By Bruce Tremper.

Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain. By Bruce Tremper


Wasatch Touring Map 1 by Alpentech

Wasatch Touring Map 2 by Alpentech

How to Register:

Utah Mountain Adventures

P.O. Box 521809

Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-1809

Phone: (801) 550 3986

Fax: (801) 486 8505


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