This year, our team will outfitted in the Backcountry Gore-Tex Winter Pursuit Collection.

We spent the weekend taking the gear out for a test run before we head to British Columbia, Alaska and Norway this season. Our team is planning to push this stuff to the limit, so it was good to get an early feel for how the new outerwear would perform.

We packed up the truck and headed up to Aspen Highlands to hike the bowl.

The team really appreciated the subtle color pallet and nice overall feel of the material. It also matched our new beanies and buffs.

The trek into the Highlands Bowl takes about half an hour. Hiking over a bootpacked trail with gear on your back can cause a lot of skiers to shed a layer. However, the whole team found the material to be breathable on the way up, and no one was stopping to take off a layer. The breathable layers on top and a fair amount of stretch in the pant leg made hiking easy.

Any adventure in the Aspen Highlands is always going to involve some wind. Even at the summit, the wind wasn’t a factor. Everyone was cozy as the wind picked up. In particular, the Rustler jacket has a great high collar to tuck your face behind when the wind starts.

For the Heli team, gear is absolutely critical to comfort and success in the mountains. We can’t wait to take the new Backcountry line all over the world this season.

Why did we choose to partner with Backcountry: 

Backcountry has been in the business of selling outdoor gear for the last few decades. They have seen it all. When we heard they were taking all that experience of outfitting athletes and outdoor junkies and turning it into an outerwear line, we jumped at the chance to partner with them. Based in Park City, UT we knew they had the right approach to create something durable and lasting that would be best suited for the heli skier. 

Check out the Winter Pursuit Collection. 

Discount code: 

For being part of the Heli Community, you can receive a 15% off your first purchase on when you create an account. If you already have an account with Heli, hit us up at to receive your code. If you want to get the code but haven’t created an account yet, you can do so here.

All images by @misterheli.