European Ski Touring


EQUIPMENT LIST – European Ski Touring


  • Ortler
  • Haute Route
  • Urner Haute Route
  • Silvretta & Dolomites

A NOTE ABOUT EQUIPMENT LISTS: Nothing can ruin a trip faster than having the wrong gear for the conditions at hand.  All our programs are subject to rapid and severe changes in the weather.  Select garments that are warm, lightweight and durable.  Generally speaking, the best arrangement is to think in terms of layers – a system that dries quickly, allow flexibility and resists wind, water and abrasion. All of us have different tolerances for heat or cold; for example, you might choose warmer gloves than specified here if you tend to get cold hands. If you have doubts about a specific garment’s appropriateness, please talk to your guide in advance about conditions you are most likely to experience. This list is built for a trip with an unsettled weather forecast.  With a good weather forecast some of these items may be left behind to save weight.



Head, Hands & Feet

  • Warm Hat
  • Sun Hat
  • Buff
  • Lightweight Gloves (for uphill; softshell)
  • Heavyweight Gloves (for downhill; waterproof and breathable)
  • Ski Socks

Upper Body Layers

  • Lightweight Sun Hoody Top
  • Lightweight Fleece jacket
  • Softshell Jacket with Hood
  • Puffy Jacket with Hood
  • Hardshell Jacket

Lower Body Layers

  • Lightweight Baselayer Bottom
  • Softshell Pants


  • Backpack (35-45 Liters, designed for skiing)
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles

ACCESSORIES continued…

  • Sunscreen and spf lip balm
  • Water & Food (we strongly recommend not using drink hoses during winter trips)
  • Headlamp
  • Blister Kit
  • optional: Ski Helmet


  • Skis or Split Board
  • Climbing Skins (sized and cut for your skis or board)
  • Ski or Snowboard Boots
  • Ski Poles (collapsible for split boarders)
  • Ski Strap
  • Repair kit (critical for telemark or split board set ups)
  • Ski Crampons

AVALANCHE SAFETY (these may be rented from NCMG)

  • Transceiver (3 antenna, less than 5 years old)
  • Shovel (metal blade required)
  • Probe (240cm or longer)



CLIMBING / TECHNICAL (these may be rented from NCMG)

  • Ice Axe (lightweight)
  • Boot Crampons (recommend aluminum for weight savings)
  • Climbing harness (a lightweight ski mountaineering model such as the Black Diamond couloir)
  • 2 Locking Carabiners


  • Sleeping Bag Liner (required by most huts)
  • Snack Food (we will buy picnic lunches at the huts and candy bars are available, but some additional energy gels / bars are helpful)
  • 1 extra T-shirt and 1 extra pair of underwear to change into in the huts
  • Toiletries / Prescriptions (small)
  • Ear Plugs
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Cash (for buying drinks, chocolate, etc. at the huts)


  • Large Duffel
  • Ski Bag
  • Passport
  • Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Cash
  • Travel Clothing