Ski Touring Kit List

SKI TOURING KIT LIST

If you are booked on to any of our ski touring trips your technical equipment: skis, skins, poles, avalanche tranceiver and other safety equipment is provided but if you have your own and would prefer to bring it, it is no problem.

ESSENTIALS:

  • 2 or 3 pairs of skiing socks - proper ski socks have extra padding where you need it the most and are worth getting. For ski touring you will sweat when skinning up so good wicking socks or ski touring specific socks are a good idea!
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers or sallopettes. A good set of outdoor winter waterproofs with snow cuffs are essential. You will get warm going up hill so a shell with layers underneath is better than padded ski wear. If you have the new stretch waterproof fabrics or mountaineering clothes even better!
  • At least three layers - thin thermal layer or t-shirt made of wicking material rather than cotton next to the skin, a mid weight fleece and a thicker fleece.
  • Extra fleece, sweater or thin duvet type warm layer. This is good for putting on when you stop for lunch as an extra protection against the cold!
  • Fleecy bottoms or mountaineering trousers and /or thermals to wear under your outer trousers. When skinning up, you may just wear these as you will sweat and get hot so it is a good idea to choose bottoms you are happy to wear without your overtrousers. Some people use thermals and a pair of mountaineering trousers or just the mountaineering or fleece trousers.
  • Gloves, hat, neck warmer or ear warmer. It's worth getting decent waterproof warm ski gloves or mitts and a pair of good fleecy gloves with some grip for when it is warmer or skinning up.
  • Rucksack (45 litre) to carry safety equipment, skins and ski crampons, harness, helmet, crampons and ice axe (if doing any ski mountaineering on the trip) spare clothing (especially for overnight refuge trips), packed lunch, water bottle, headtorch, and other bits and pieces. If you have a sack that can take skis in the side panels and strap on ice axes, that is preferable.
  • Good sized water flask or water bottle. A Platypus or similar water system is very handy but in winter the tubes can freeze so make sure you get the insulated protection with it.
  • Sun screen – please bring factor 50 as the sun is very strong.
  • Lip salve with sunscreen
  • Sun glasses - you should make sure they wrap well round your eyes at the sides to protect you from snow glare from the ground
  • Goggles - good quality googles are invaluable on snowy days
  • Sun hat or cap for warm spring ski days.
  • Large plastic bag to put inside your rucksack to keep the contents completely dry. No rucksack is waterproof (too many seams!)
  • Duvet jacket - not essential but serves as a good lightweight warm jacket for those frosty cold days.
  • Head torch

OTHER USEFUL THINGS

  • Camera, spare film or memory card and batteries.
  • Binoculars
  • A small sit mat or bit of old camping mat - not essential but good for a bit of comfort when picnicking on the snow.
  • Swim suit – for your free day if you have one - please note boxer short style swimming trunks are not allowed.
  • Games or cards for evenings and a good book!