Ski Touring Clothing & Equipment List

1)Clothing:

-SmartWool or synthetic socks and liner socks. I bring fresh pair for each day

-Long underwear top & bottoms - synthetic or smartwool. multiple pairs.

-Lightweight wind/softshell jacket (I love a super light weight jacket for uphill travel so that I don’t sweat.)

-GoreTex shell jacket (for the windy/snowy ridgetops)

-Warm insulated jacket - down or synthetic (for stopping)

-Goretex or softshell ski pants

-Light weight toque (for uphill)

-Heavier toque  

-Sun hat/visor

-Lightweight gloves (uphill gloves)

-Heavier/warmer gloves (downhill gloves) Below -18C I use mitts.

-Sunglasses (having both dark and orange lenses is very nice)

-Ski goggles (orange/yellow/low-light lenses are best)

2)Gear:

-Digital Avalanche Transceiver. 3 antenna.  (BCA tracker 2 or 3, mammut barryvox/element being examples).  Analogue beacons (ortovox F1/M2 for example) are obsolete and are not allowed.

-Collapsible Avalanche Shovel  (metal blade, no plastic)

-Avalanche Probe (minimum 220cm length)

-Ski Helmet (optional, but *HIGHLY* recommended)

-Headlamp (Ideally, select one that uses the same batteries as your Avi Beacon, that way you always have spare batteries for your beacon.  Don’t stress if this is not the case.)

-Sunscreen & SPF chapstick

-Personal first-aid kit/meds/blister kit.  

-Minimum 1 liter of fluids. Recommend 1.5+ liters.  water bladders/hydration tubes are not recommended as they freeze/break/leak.

-lightweight stuff-sack to hold your lunch.

-30 to 40ish Liter backpack to hold ‘yer stuff.

3)Ski gear: please bring one of the below 2 options:

A)Alpine Touring Skis, mounted with Alpine Touring bindings. 100mm underfoot or wider is recommended.  ( I ski 116mm as my normal skis and 125mm underfoot for deep powder skis.)Dynafit or other ‘tech’ bindings are highly recommended.  non ‘tech’ bindings (diamir, marker duke, Salomon Gardian Etc) will still work, they are just waaay heavier.

b)A Splitboard.  Snowshoes with a snowboard on your back is *not* an acceptable mode of transport. You will have a much more enjoyable day on a splitty.

-Alpine Touring Boots that match your bindings.  It is HIGHLY recommended that you select a boot with a **liner that can tighten (lace-up or rachet mechanism)**  Having this tight liner is a god-send to ward off blisters.  A person then tightens the boot liner and tours (uphill travel) with your external boot buckles fully undone.  This means that the boot liner stays tight to your foot and the liner moves around inside the loose shell (movement is relative to the liner/plastic shell interface = no blisters) if you have loose liners and/or tour with your boot buckles tightened down, then your foot is forced to move inside your liners (motion relative to the foot/liner interface = friction = DREADED BLISTERS)

-Skins.  make sure they fully cover your ski bases.  Having the skin narrower than the ski means that you will back-slip on the uptrack, which is very tiring.

-Ski Poles  (fixed length downhill/ski resort ski poles work just fine)

4) Lodge stuff:

-Chillin’ clothes.

-Lodge shoes.  You have to walk outside to get from Whitecaps sleeping quarters to the main lodge.

-Phone/computer/chargers.  Whitecap does have power plug-ins, and limited WiFi

-***Sleeping bag***

-Towel.  Lodge has both sauna and shower

-Booze.  cans /plastic are prefered.  There is beer for sale at the lodge (around $6/pint) if you prefer.  You are welcome to bring your own however.

-Bathroom kit/meds/blister kit

-Ear plugs.  Sleeping accommodations are 2-6 person occupancy.

-Repair kit for your ski bindings&boots.

-Headlamp.  You have to walk outside to get from sleeping area to washroom and to the main lodge.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about your gear/clothing.  My cell is 403.700.4741 and my email is: neilwarrenskiguiding@gmail.com

Cheers,

Neil