Which mountain? that will help us determine if there is a store nearby ... the Dacks are no different really, you need snow sport clothing for freezing temps/ice/snow/wind ... but it all comes down to what your planning. Snowshoes/poles for a hike in and up, snowboard/boots for goin down, backpack for food/drink/safety. Avy's are real on the steep slides and some people learned that on Wright Peak last year. I'm no expert but I did a 2 mile trip on Dec 15th 2009, down a hike trail/up a knob in about 1 foot of fresh, just to get a feel for snowshoeing and carrying my board a small distance. I plan to buy a shovel for test pits/kickers and a board carry pack. Let us know. I want to visit a slide or two this year.