Kit List For Ski Touring


Here is a recomended kit list for day touring and multi day ski touring trips. Thanks to Alpine Guides Ltd.

Day Touring Kit List.

 
This is a typical kit list for a week of Backcountry Skiing involving day tours and glacier descents - eg a Chamonix Off Piste Skiing Week.  Just remember, every extra kilo on your back knocks 10% off your enjoyment on the descents – so try and keep the weight down!
  •  Waterproof Jacket – preferably lightweight + breathable.
  •  Overtrousers/ski pants – preferably with side zips.
  •  Rucsac ~30-35l - Try and avoid ones covered in too many features.
  •  Socks - specialist ski socks, or a warm loop lined pair or mountain socks.
  •  Wicking thermal top - not cotton please...
  •  Softshell Jacket - wind/snow resistant, lightly insualted jacket
  •  Thermal leggings - or ski pants.
  •  Thin Inner Gloves.
  •  Warm Ski Gloves.
  •  Warm Hat.
  •  Lightweight synthetic/down jacket - or other warm insulating spare layer.
  •  Water Container - at least 1 litre.
  •  Personal medications + blister kit.
  •  Ski Goggles.
  •  Sun Glasses (CE rated 3 or 4).
  •  Sun + lip cream (factor 30+).
  •  Ski Mountaineering Boots or freeride boots
  •  Skis with Touring Bindings
  •  Velcro ski strap to keep skis together on your rucksack if we need to carry them.
  •  Ski Poles with good size baskets (5cm at least). Telescopic poles are not needed.
  •  Climbing Skins (they come with the skis if you hire your kit).
  •  Harscheisen (ski crampons).
  •  Metal Snow Shovel – must be a full metal shovel (plastic blades don’t work in real avalanche debris!)
  •  Avalanche Probe
  •  Avalanche Transceiver – must be a modern digital model (older analogue models are now obsolete)
  •  Harness and locking karabiner
  •  (Crampons) - depending on planned activities
  •  (Ice Axe) – as per crampons above
For multi day ski mountaineering.
 
This is a kit list suitable for a multi day hut to hut tour involving glacial terrain, such as week spent Skiing the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt.
  •   Waterproof Jacket - lightweight + breathable.
  •   Over trousers - with long side zips
  •   Rucksack 35 - 45l - avoid ones covered in features, they weigh more
  •  Socks - warm loop lined pair + spares.
  •  Wicking thermal top - not cotton please...
  •  Softshell Jacket - wind/snow resistant, lightly insualted jacket
  •  Thermal leggings - or Mountain Trousers
  •  Thin Inner Gloves
  •  Warm Ski Gloves
  •  Warm Hat
  •  Spare Fleece
  •  Water Container - at least 1litre.
  •  Headtorch + batteries
  •  Map, Compass + Whistle
  •  Personal medications + blister kit
  •  Ski Goggles
  •  Sun Glasses (CE rated 3 or 4).
  •  Sun + lip cream (factor 30+).
  •  Sun Hat
  •  Small wash kit
  •  Wallet + Passport
  •  Ski Mountaineering Boots
  •  Skis with Touring Bindings
  •  Ski Poles with good size baskets. Normal poles are fine - preferable even.
  •  Skins
  •  Harscheisen (ski crampons)
  •  Metal Snow Shovel – must be a full metal shovel (plastic blades don’t work in real avalanche debris!)
  •  Avalanche Probe
  •  Avalanche Transceiver – must be a modern digital model (older analogue models are now obsolete)
  •  Harness and locking karabiner
  •  Crampons
  •  Ice Axe
  •  Possible Extras: silk sheet liner + ear plugs for huts
For more advice on ski touring kit, visit the ‘Ski Touring Kit Advice’ page on Alpine Guides Ltd website, where there is a detailed article on the subject.

Also feel free to contact the Backcountry UK team Tel: 01943 816011 email: info@backcountryuk.com