Temperatures are dropping. Mountains are starting to wear their white beanies. But one question worries us all: what's the ski season going to look like? Are we going to have to wear masks on the lifts? Use hydraulic gel on our poles? Are ski resorts even going to open? We can't really answer those questions, but there's one thing that we know: a lot more people are going to be ski-touring this season. To help those people, Salomon is releasing a 10-part series that delves into the equipment needed, how that gear works, the knowledge you should have when venturing into the backcountry, the items you should carry (including safety equipment), and some of the basics of skinning and choosing your line.

The episodes will be posted each week on Salomon’s social media channels and feature Salomon athletes and experienced backcountry skiers Cody Townsend, Chris Rubens, Leah Evans, Stan Rey, Drew Peterson, Alexi Godbout, Mali Noyes, Drew Peterson, Greg Hill, Josh Daiek and Mike Douglas. In total, Salomon is offering more than one hour of content that aims to inform and help keep skiers safe when they venture into the backcountry. The series is not designed to be a replacement for an in-person avalanche safety class, and there will be an episode dedicated to the importance of avalanche courses, mapping, reading avalanche reports and rescue gear.

Episode 1: Gear Essentials for Backcountry Skiing

Episode 2: Using your Backcountry Skiing Gear

Episode 3: What to Wear for Backcountry Skiing

Episode 4: What to Pack for a Day in the Backcountry

Episode 5: How to Carry Your Skis on your Backpack

Episode 6: Cutting your Climbing Skins for Ski Touring

Episode 7: Preparing for Backcountry Skiing