Message of the Week

The Weekly Bomb Box.

Editor’s Note:

We get a lot of questions in our FaceBook inbox, and most of the time we answer them. But to motivate ourselves to answer more, and to motivate you to ask better questions, we’re starting a message of the week, or as we’re calling it, the weekly “Bomb Box.”

Every Thursday, we’ll post the best question we receive in our FaceBook messages and the answer we get from the previous week. For being awesome and letting us answer you in public, we promise to swag you out. Get it? Now get thinking.


Below is our best question from last week:

Hey guys,

I’m just getting in to doing some backcountry skiing and was wondering what binding you guys would recommend for a 17 year old kid. I’ve spent a long time searching around a bunch on sites that have a bunch on bindings and they all seem good. I really appreciate any advice on bindings and anything else I need for avalanche safety because there are a ton of options for all of that stuff too.

Thanks for you time,


..and response:

Hey Matt,

First off, thanks for writing. We think it’s rad that your interests in skiing are growing into areas that aren’t accessed by chairlifts. From first hand experience, let us tell you that the un-tracked snow, unique lines, quiet sunrises and adventures are all much more rad than videos or magazines will ever be able to share with you.

Right up until you, or one of your friends has been pummeled through a stand of trees and ripped to shreds, or you yourself wind up buried in snow and spend your last few precious moments of life gasping for air. That part sucks.

But it doesn’t need to be that way, and the first step from keeping that happening is making Avalanche Safety gear your first priority. And before gear, you need to look into education. Not just for avalanches, but first aid as well. Why? When you give up chairlifts, you also give up the ski patrol that will haul you off the hill. Cuts, breaks, and torn ligaments all happen in the backcountry too. And unless you had some bad ass training in the Boy Scouts, or have taken a Wilderness First Responder course, falling over on a pointy enough stick can kill you.

Scared yet? Don’t be. It looks like you’re living on the East Coast, and believe it or not, backcountry education services and guiding are available. For starters, check out Petra Cliffs ( They offer a wide variety of classes that will get you up to snuff, at competitive prices. It might be a drive, but for you it’s worth it. You’ll also get a chance to learn how to use your equipment in a more controlled environment.

But you need equipment still, don’t you. Backcountry Access makes an essentials kit that costs less than a pair of AT bindings at $320 MSRP. It includes a beacon, shovel, and probe. Some dorks might call the Tracker 1 “inferior,” but the truth is, as long as you practice a shitload with your beacon and learn proper search protocols, it is just as effective as you are.

As for bindings? Talk to your new guide friends. They spend more time on the snow than any of us at Bomb Snow ever do, and have intimate knowledge of their own gear and every customer’s they have worked with.

So thanks for writing Matt. Enjoy this awesome Bomb Snow beanie that will make you the best looking skier on the mountain, and be sure to let us know how your class goes.



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