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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.

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