New member here (so be kind).
Headed out to Jackson Hole the first week of March with a group of friends (staying near the Moosecreek lift). We're all advanced level skiers and have been various places out west (most recently Park City/Canyons area last year), however we're not too experienced with backcountry skiing. We hiked a bowl in Park City, but think Jackson Hole poses a much more difficult challenge in their vast acreage of BC skiing.
Anyway, I've been reading up on safety equipment and wanted to see what people opinions were for what was some mandatory gear we needed. (avalung? ABS packs? tools? beacons? walkie talkies? other?) I figure we'll do about 5 skiing days out there with about 25% being backcountry, more if we love it, but a majority being on-piste. Obviously the more gear we have the better but our budgets are limited; we just want to make sure we're safe and get the minimum needed to ensure this. I wouldn't say we'd be doing any hardcore BC stuff, but we definitely want to dabble and challenge ourselves.
On another note, can anyone suggest the best shop to rent skis from. I'm mainly concerned with having a good selection of skis to rent.
Thanks and any other comments on suggestions for JH are welcome!