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Power Sports or Purist, Both Need to Be Prepared. Are You Geared Up?

G3 ambassador Dave Norona dabbles on both sides of the backcountry fence, enjoying both motorized and self-powered backcountry pursuits. Basically he's all about getting out there and having a good time, safely. Dave was recently featured on CTV News in lead up to this weekend's Vancouver PowerSports Adventure Show, running through his top 10 list of backcountry safety essentials.

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Whether you're a power sports enthusiast or backcountry purist, learning and practicing avalanche safety and packing the right gear is paramount. Are you geared up for winter? Here's a note from Dave, in true Norona style...


Well it has been an awesome summer of riding bikes and kite surfing in the sun, but like most of you I can't wait for winter. Those epic days where you tour into your favourite secret zones and eat up the fluffy pow like a big bowl of Fruit Loops!!

But before you head off, it is important to make sure you and your gear are all dialled for the mountains.

Even though I run sweet new G3 boards each winter I still take them down to Crystal Glide to have Dave throw them through the grinder. This ensures the edges and bases are ready for whatever conditions Mother Nature throws my way. I also do a once over with my boots & bindings to make sure any issues are dealt with from the warmth of my house instead of the cold backcountry!

It is also important to check your safety gear; the gear you hope you never have to use but in case you do, you wanna make sure it is dialled. Years of racing has always had me choosing the lightest gear, however with a little more age and street smarts I have slowly adopted a few more things that I wouldn’t travel without!

Each person chooses his or her own secret weapons of safety but here are mine...

My 10 Survival Essentials

  • Waterproof Matches
  • Head Lamp
  • Knife
  • Leatherman
  • Extra Toque
  • Mountain Hardwear lightweight puffy
  • PowerBar
  • Maps
  • Compass
  • Spot Locator are the things I always have with me in case the crap hits the fan! This ensures I live through the night, even if I cry a lot!

My Avalanche Safety Gear List

No matter what you choose to use and carry, make sure it is all tested, dialled and ready to go. The powder isn't far off…. have a great winter everyone!


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