All of the items listed below are required and It is extremely important to the success and safety of your course that you bring them all. Weather conditions can vary dramatically and you must be prepared!

The items noted with a * can be provided at no cost by IAG/CAG as noted and are subject to availability. You must notify us no later than 30 days before your trip of any gear you require from us.

On the left are the items you will need and on the right are some examples and recommendations from our guides. The recommended items represent some of the best gear and clothing in each category that we use ourselves, but you may find other items that will also be appropriate.

Any questions give us a call at: 877-686-2546


Ski Gear

Skis

Alpine touring or Telemark skis no wider than 105mm wide underfoot without too much tip and tail rocker.

Our recommendations:
K2 Wayback Skis


Skins

Some ski manufacturers make skins pre cut for your skis. Otherwise they need to have coverage over most of the ski. The edge needs to showing and no base showing between the edge of the ski and the skin for about 80% of the skis length.


Bindings

Lightweight alpine touring or telemark bindings. The pin style toes are the lightest and tour the best.


Ski Boots

Lightweight 2-3 buckle touring boots are the best, but any alpine touring or telemark boot will do.


Ski Crampons

Alpine Touring binding companies all make a ski crampon to fit their bindings. For Tele bindings, there are some adapters that mount to your ski to slide a ski crampon on.


Adjustable Ski Poles


Technical & Avalanche Safety Gear

Crampons

Lightweight aluminum 10-point boot crampons are preferred. Some of the best ski boot crampons are aluminum with steel front points.


Ice Axe

You must have a short ice axe regardless of you height. No longer than 60cm, 50-55cm is preferred. Skiing with a long axe on your pack is not a good idea.


Harness

Look for a lightweight alpine style harness

Our recommendations:
Black Diamond Couloir Harness

 


Avalanche Probe

A short probe of 2 meters in length is fine


Avalanche Transceiver *

A simple digital transceiver


Backcountry Shovel

Lightweight and designed for avalanche rescue

Our recommendations:
Black Diamond Lynx Shovel


2 Locking Carabiners

Pear shaped

Other Gear


Headlamp *

Our recommendations:
Black Diamond Spot


Ski strap to connect your skis together


2 One Liter Wide Mouth Water Bottles *

Our recommendations:
Tritan Water Bottle


Full Wrap Sunglasses or Glacier Glasses

They must be dark lens full wrap or glacier glasses with side shields. Visible light transmission should be around 6%. By comparison, driving sunglasses have around 20% visible light transmission which is not appropriate.

Our recommendations:
Julbo Explorer


Ski Goggles

Our recommendations:

 

Clothing

For clothing, we emphasize a layering system in which we put on and take off layers of clothing depending on the outside temperature and the level of activity.


Outer Waterproof Shell Jacket (hard shell) with Hood

A waterproof & breathable shell jacket with no additional insulation sewn in. Lightweight is better.


Ski Pant (soft shell)

A lighter weight non-waterproof pant that breathes much better than waterproof pants. This is what you will probably be wearing most of the time
 


Lightweight Long Underwear Baselayer

Synthetic or Wool.


Lightweight Long Underwear Baselayer Top

Synthetic or wool


Insulating Layer - Lightweight

Fleece or wool


Insulated Parka

Down or synthetic fill puffy parka. Down is lighter.


Warm Hat

Wool or synthetic


Sun Hat or Ball Cap



Insulated Glove - Mid Weight

Water resistant & wind proof and highly insulated


Lightweight Glove

These do not have to be water resistant. Fleece or soft shell is fine


Buff

Can be used for many things including a neck warmer & face mask

Our recommendations:
Buff Original Buff


Other Important Items

Suncscreen

30 SPF or higher


Lip Balm

15 SPF or higher


Baby Wipes


A Couple Small Ziploc bags


Small Personal Kit

Personal medications, Toothbrush, Small amount of toothpaste, blister kit, etc. (the guide will have a full first aid kit)


Camera

Pocket sized is best


Stuff Sacks

For organization


Compass

For practice


For all your gear needs we recommend Moosejaw. They have a huge selection of all the gear you'll need and offer fast free shipping.

 
 
 

We reserve the right to refuse services to any client deemed inadequately prepared at the meeting point.