Ski or Board Day Touring Kit

Deep joy – the lightest set of kit you can carry for ski touring, no glacier travel stuff and no overnight kit. Deep deep joy…

 

  • Skis any Freeride ski will do – doesn’t have to be a touring model
  • Snowboard
  • Touring bindings with brakes. Safety staps should be avoided if possible. BCA Alpine Trekkers are NOT suitable.
  • Harscheisen a.k.a. couteaux or ski crampons, must be compatible with binding
  • Skins cut to fit skis and well glued, preferably tail-fix type
  • SnowShoes MSR Denali or equivalent. Or a split board with skins and harscheisen.
  • Ski sticks usual length for you, preferably not adjustable. Powder baskets useful
  • AdjustableSki sticks Powder baskets useful
  • Ski boots ski mountaineering boots with vibram sole will be best. Try as many makes as possible to see which one fits your foot best. Try to avoid hiring boots as blisters often result. Downhill boots are NOT suitable.
  • Boarding Boots
  • Rucksack 25-30 litres, with side straps for carrying skis or rear straps for snowboard
  • Avalanche probe
  • Avalanche transceiver and spare batteries
  • Shovel folding or collapsible type
  • Sunglasses high filtering lenses suitable for use on glaciers
  • Goggles
  • Suncream and lip-salve SPF 40 or higher
  • Water bottle 1 litre, wide necked type is easier to fill in huts. Hydration systems should be avoided as they often freeze. A half litre flask can be useful if it’s a cold season.
  • Ski straps velcro, for holding skis together or making ‘A’ frame to carry skis on rucksack
  • Notebook and pencil (optional)

Clothing:

  • Base layer preferably the wicking type e.g. Lowe Alpine Dryflo plus a spare
  • Mid Layer long-sleeved zip neck e.g. Lowe Alpine Powerstretch
  • Fleece Jacket e.g. Lowe Alpine Lunar jacket
  • Extra insulation A light duvet jacket or down vest could be useful if it’s a cold season.
  • Shell Jacket preferably Gore-tex or Triplepoint e.g. Lowe Alpine Ice Light
  • Thermal Legwear preferably the wicking type e.g. Lowe Alpine Dryflo
  • Trousers Lowe Alpine Powerstretch or ski pants
  • Shell trousers with side-zips preferably Gore-tex or Triplepoint
  • Socks ideally 1 thick pair and two spare pairs as a minimum
  • Ski gloves
  • Sun hat/ peaked cap a flap to cover ears and neck is very useful, white is coolest
  • Warm hat or balaclava