When you are just starting out with ski touring, it is essential to have the right equipment and gear. From skis and bindings to climbing skins, boots to poles, clothing, accessories and avalanche safety gear – there is special equipment that you’ll need. Here are some basics you should consider when gearing up for ski touring.
Skis and bindings: the first essential piece of kit when it comes to ski touring is your skis and bindings. Make sure you select the right skis for the type of terrain you plan to ski on – whether that be powdery slopes or icy conditions. It’s also important to make sure your bindings are properly adjusted for your height and weight as this will ensure better control when skiing downhills.
Climbing skins: these crucial pieces of kit help to provide grip on ascents and descents, making them an essential part of any ski tour. When selecting climbing skins, make sure they fit correctly with your skis and have good adhesion for slippery surfaces.
Boots and bindings: once again, selecting the right boots for your feet is key. You’ll want something lightweight that provides support but won’t weigh you down when skinning up hills or traversing flats. You’ll also need the right binding system so that your boots fit securely in place while skiing downhill.
Poles: ski poles are a great addition to any ski touring setup as they provide balance while skiing down hills and help propel you forward on ascents. Selecting poles with adjustable handle lengths makes them easier to use in different terrain types.
Clothing and accessories: layering is an important part of any ski tour; having the right combination of thin base layers, mid-layers, insulation layers, waterproof outerwear and accessories such as hats, gloves, goggles etc., will make sure you stay warm even during the coldest days out in the mountains.
Avalanche safety gear: last but not least, avalanche safety equipment such as transceivers, shovels and probes should always be carried on any ski tour – just in case! Make sure everyone in your group has the correct safety gear before heading out into potentially hazardous terrain.
So there you have it – all the basics you need to be aware of when gearing up for ski touring! With the right equipment by your side, you’re ready to hit the slopes safely!