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Ski Mountaineering Equipment List

Everyone loves a good kit list! You can always tell an experienced mountaineer by their rucksack, especially on a mountain like Mont Blanc. A light rucksack means you will move faster and more efficiently, and on a long summit day like Mont Blanc, dropping a few kilos from your back can have a big effect. Basically, drop all the luxuries and listen to the advice of your guide when it comes to clothing. Ditch the book, PJ’s and cuddly toy – go light and fast!

Ski Mountaineering Equipment List

This list differs slightly from our standard ski touring equipment list in that it adds some slightly tougher gear, and warmer layers.


Clothing  – for both heat and sun protection as well as colder early morning starts...

Clothing will need to vary according to the time of year. Below is a suggestion for milder spring touring. In general you will want to avoid bulky downhill skiing jackets, mountaineering style layering is much more flexible and generally lighter

  • Long sleeved thin thermal top
  • Micro/mid weight fleece
  • Soft shell jacket / Goretex
  • Medium weight down jacket - Arcteryx Thorium for example
  • Soft shell trousers to fit ski boots
  • Lightweight Goretex over trousers, for bad weather and warmth.

Head, Hands and Feet

  • Buff – sun hat – warm hat (All three are fairly essential).
  • Thin uphill gloves
  • Warm downhill gloves (mitts?)
  • Cat 3-4 sunglasses
  • Goggles (essential)
  • Sun tan cream and lip balm A high factor 50 is best.
  • Helmet. (An optional item, but highly recommended, ideally one rated for skiing, as well as mountaineering)

Essential Bits and bobs:

  • Sunglasses, Cat 3 or 4. Goggles an optional extra for windy conditions.
  • Sun cream and Lip salve – Factor 30 or more in a little bottle.
  • Waterbottle – Plastic wide mouth “Nalgene” type bottles are ideal. Metal sigg style bottles are rubbish. 1ltr is fine, and could be supplemented by a small bottle of sports drink. You can buy hot tea at the huts for summit day (recommended, tasty and it doesn’t freeze!)
  • Headtorch – Small Petzl Tikka type torches are great. It will need to be fitted to your helmet.
  • Hill food and snacks – Can all be bought in Chamonix or at the huts. We can offer advice on this at the start of the trip and will allow time for shopping.
  • Very small personal first aid, for potential blisters. We will have a group first aid kit with us as well.
  • Any personal medication, including paracetamol etc.

Optional extra’s:

  • Walking pole(s)
  • Camera
  • Waterproof rucksack cover for wet huts walks, or stuff sacks for gear.
  • Ear Plugs for the hut, Alpine membership card, tooth brush, sleeping bag liner.

Group kit carried by the guide and often shard out amongst the group:

  • Emergency Group Shelter
  • First Aid kit
  • Rope
  • Crevasse rescue kit
  • Map & Compass

I hope the above lists make sense. Note the complete lack of luxuries!

We always have a good equipment check before the start of a trip and there is time to go and splash cash in Chamonix if need be.

Last lift accessed ski tour of (my) season from Contamines yesterday.

Plenty of folk out enjoying the good conditions on the classics.

A weeks holiday away from the mountains now. Rest time before the @trofeomezzalama race at the end of the month.

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A big couple of days on the wild Miage glacier taking advantage of the great spring ski touring conditions.

Up Mont Tondu and then today over the Miage after a night in the Conscrits refuge. Which served a vegetarian meal to the whole hut last night, meaning it’s now my favourite refuge. 🌱

Over 3500m of ascent and some very good snow on the way down.

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Off the beaten track in the Aiguille Rouge today.

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Updated the Iran Ski Touring Photo Gallery today. Video on it's way.... #ski
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Well the express Haute Route didn’t exactly go to Plan. A meter of fresh snow at altitude put paid to that.

We headed south and spent a great couple of days around the Mont Thabor area. Nice hut, quiet and loads of good skiing. Despite the cloud.

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