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Ski Touring Gear Checklist

There's more to ski touring than that skis. We've got you covered with all the necessary essentials, from poles to expedition-weight base layers.

Clothing

Outerwear

  • waterproof/breathable jacket
  • waterproof/breathable pants
  • insulated parka
  • fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • waterproof gaiters
  • synthetic hiking pants
  • fleece pants

Base Layer

  • expedition-weight long john bottoms
  • expedition-weight long john top
  • midweight long john top
  • midweight long john bottoms
  • long sleeve T-shirt
  • synthetic briefs
  • synthetic sports bra

Accessories

  • wool or fleece hat
  • balaclava
  • midweight wool or fleece gloves
  • heavyweight wool or fleece mittens
  • synthetic liner gloves
  • waterproof overmitts

Footwear

  • insulated camp booties
  • waterproof hiking boots
  • wool or synthetic socks (3)
  • liner socks (2)

Extras

  • sun hat
  • bandanna

Gear

Ski Touring Specific Gear

  • internal frame pack
  • touring skis (x-country, telemark, or AT)
  • telemark boots
  • ski poles
  • climbing skins
  • lightweight avalanche shovel
  • ski repair kit
  • avalanche transceiver
  • avalanche probe
  • ski goggles
  • glacier glasses
  • optional: sled for hauling gear

Other Gear

  • convertible or four-season tent
  • down sleeping bag (-30° to 0°F)
  • inflatable sleeping pad
  • closed-cell foam sleeping pad
  • trekking poles
  • white gas stove and fuel bottles
  • lighter and waterproof matches
  • cookset w/ heat exchanger
  • eating utensils, bowl, and insulated mug
  • headlamp w/extra batteries and bulb
  • 32 oz. water bottles (2)
  • water bottle parkas (2)
  • pocket knife or multitool
  • compass or GPS (and map)
  • sunglasses
  • first-aid kit with personal medications
  • personal locator beacon (optional)
  • chemical heat packs
  • stuff sacks
  • assorted zipper-lock bags
  • sunscreen (SPF 15+)
  • lip balm (SPF 15+)
  • toilet paper and trowel
  • pee bottle

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