Ski or Board Safari in non-glacial terrain

The biggest fun:work ratio you can get. Mostly mechanised uplift but maybe with some short skinning.

  • Snowboard
  • Touring bindings with brakes. Safety straps 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. If you have your own downhill boots these may be suitable but be aware that even the short skin ascents we do will be less comfortable.
  • Boarding Boots
  • Rucksack 35-50 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.
  • Head torch Petzl Tikka or Zipka is ideal. Bring new batteries and no spares
  • Blister kit ideally Compeed or second skin and zinc oxide tape to keep in place
  • Paracetamol or brufen for altitude headaches or other pains
  • Ski straps velcro, for holding skis together or making ‘A’ frame to carry skis on rucksack
  • Toiletries should be kept to a minimum, “Wet Ones” are a good idea, toothbrush, toilet paper (a few sheets), ear plugs.
  • Silk ior cotton sleeping bag liner for comfort as only blankets are provided in huts, silk is lightest
  • 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
  • If you have downhill boots you may wish to carry some very light shoes (e.g. espadrilles) for the evening in hotels.