Ski touring gear checklist

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Don’t leave something important behind on your first tours in the mountains this season!  Here is a list of what I carry on a day of ski touring in the Wasatch.

What to wear/carry for layers:

  • non cotton base layers on the top and bottom
  • Soft shell ski touring pants (I like pants with side vents, beacon pocket and other pockets, and wide at the cuff to go over my boots)
  • Light puffy jacket (down or synthetic)
  • Thin Wind layer like the black diamond Helio Alpine shell or the Patagonia Hodini.
  • Bigger Down Jacket – I have  great light weight Brooks range jacket, or my Black Diamond Stance Belay Hoody that is a bit water resistant.  This in nice for breaks, to wear while skiing down, or in case of emergencies.
  • Thin gortex waterproof jacket.
  • Gortex skirt – If it starts dumping, gets windy, or my feet get cold, then I can easily wrap this around my waist and it adds so much warmth.  Love it!
  • Battery powered socks – a Christmas gift last year from Todd.  So lovely!
  • Thin liner gloves – like the cheap ones you get for a dollar in the grocery store
  • Medium weight gloves like the Black Diamond Patrol gloves
  • Warm light weight down mitts – for later in the day, super cold days or emergencies.  I enjoy warm hands and toes much more than cold ones.
  • Warm hat & Sun hat – Bring both!!!
  • Buff with holes cut for my mouth and nose with extra fleece sown in there.  One of my favorite things I have modified.  See photo.


  • Beacon
  • Shovel
  • Probe
  • Skins
  • Skis
  • Poles – adjustable are nice
  • Boots
  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses & Goggles (you need both!!  I usually take a spare pair guiding because you can not hike up in googles for long without fogging them up)
  • Sunscreen
  • Scrapper
  • Rutschblock cord (20ft or 6mm cord with overhand knots for cutting columns and testing the snow – also can come in handy for other emergencies
  • Water 1-2L.  I take a thermos for warm water!
  • Food for a nice lunch if you are out all day!  Give your body something healthy even when you go hard and it will thank you.

Optional Gear:

  • Saw
  • Rescue sled (I carry this sometimes depending on the weather (bad weather means likely no helicopter can get in) and how remote I will be. Check out the Brooks range sled.
  • Skin and Ski wax in the spring.

Optional Avalanche kit

  • Thermometer
  • Ruler
  • Magnifying scope to look at snow crystals
  • Snow crystal card
  • Notebook and pencil

Emergency gear

  • Phone – fully charged, kept warm
  • Rescue tarp
  • Medical kit
    • Gauze and tampons to stop a bleed
    • Blister kit with thick molefoam, bandaids, and tape
    • pain meds – Tylenol, Hydrocodone, IB
    • Benadryl, Epi pin sometimes
    • Roll gauze
    • Medical tape
    • Trama Scissors
  • Repair kit
    • Duct tape
    • Bailing wire – thick and thin
    • Extra skin clips
    • extra pole basket
    • pole sleeve
    • multitool with screwdrivers and pliers
  • Headlight!!!!  Definitely bring this! If you needed to you could use the batteries for a beacon.  It can save you if you are out past dark for some reason.


Come join us this winter for some fun adventures here in the Wasatch!!!  

Also check out these trips:

Ski Valdez – Heli, Backcountry combo!

Ski Norway – Ski & Sail the fords – Book now to reserve a spot, going fast! 

Ski & Sail Svalbard –  Arctic Circle, contact us for information, only a few spots left!  Sign up fast!  

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Check out Vibrant Health Evolutions Higher Health Course!!!!  It will get you in great alignment with the best health & happiness so you can ski your buns off!!!  Want more energy, less stress, and to play at your highest potential for a long time?  I will guide you there!  – Winslow

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