Alps Hut to Hut Skiing
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
Alpine touring or Telemark skis no wider than 98mm wide underfoot without a lot of tip and tail rocker. Ideally you want a relatively shorter ski that is around 88-92 wide underfoot. The Haute Route is a long distance ski tour and no place for super fat skis.
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.
Lightweight alpine touring or telemark bindings. The pin style toes are the lightest and tour the best.
Lightweight 2-3 buckle touring boots are the best, but any alpine touring or telemark boot will do.
Essential gear in the Alps. 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
Lightweight aluminum 10-point boot crampons are preferred. Some of the best ski boot crampons are aluminum with steel front points.
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.
Look for a lightweight alpine style harness
A short probe of 2 meters in length is fine
Avalanche Transceiver *
A simple digital transceiver
Lightweight and designed for avalanche rescue
2 Locking Carabiners
An internal frame backpack 30-40 liters in size (no bigger!). Ice axe loops on the outside are a good feature.
Sleeping Bag Liner
The huts provide blankets but they require a liner to be used. Look for a lightweight one. Silk is best.
Ski strap to connect your skis together
2 One Liter Wide Mouth Water Bottles
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.
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
Lightweight down or synthetic fill puffy parka. Down is lighter.
Wool or synthetic
Sun Hat or Ball Cap
2 Pairs Socks
Very thin ski socks
Insulated Glove - Mid Weight
Water resistant & wind proof and highly insulated
These do not have to be water resistant. Fleece or soft shell is fine
Can be used for many things including a neck warmer & face mask
This list just includes gear and clothing for the actual ski tour and does not include travel and extra town clothing. It is nice to have a selection of cotton clothing for when we are in-town.
Other Important Items
30 SPF or higher
15 SPF or higher
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)
Foam Ear Plugs
For hut noise
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.