During the field day there can be longer periods of inactivity in very cold temperatures. To maximize your learning experience, be sure to bring lots of extra clothing so that you can focus on the course and not the cold. Bring clothing of varying thicknesses that can be ‘layered’ to achieve comfort and versatility. Cotton clothing is not appropriate as it causes rapid heat loss when wet. You may have heard the expression “Cotton Kills”.
Below is a recommended clothing list:
- Base Layers (top and bottom): Wool or synthetic materials preferred, such as Rab® Forge Leggings and Top
- Water Resistant Jacket: A quality hardshell for staying dry when it’s dumping is an essential piece of ski touring kit. Our guide’s use the Rab® Khroma Kinetic Jacket.
- Water Resistant Ski Pants: Waterproof pants help keep you warm in the powder. Pants with ventilation that you can open and close are ideal. Check out the Rab® Khroma Kinetic Pants.
- Warm Mid-Layer Shirt, Sweater, or Fleece such as the Rab® Alpha Flash Jacket.
- Insulated Jacket or Vest: A feather down or Primaloft™ insulated jacket is essential for staying warm while taking breaks or when the weather gets really cold. Don’t be afraid to double down! The Mountain Addicts love the Rab® Neutrino Pro Jacket.
- Socks: wool or synthetic, no cotton.
- Wool or Fleece Hat that covers the ears.
- Buff: great for protecting your face in cold and windy conditions. Mountain Addicts have buffs for sale.
- 2 Pair of Gloves: we always recommend ski touring with at least 2 pair of gloves. One pair for sweating in, and another pair for keeping your hands dry and warm. Check out these options: Rab® Pivot GTX Glove and Rab® Khroma Tour Infinium Gloves.
- Ski Helmet: recommended for skiers and riders. We love Pret helmets!
- Comfortable hut clothing and booties (not bulky!) Guides will often bring a cotton t-shirt and pants.
A note on clothing: Typically, you will wear the same base layers everyday while touring, and bring a cotton shirt and thin pants for the hut.
Optional Equipment: Not essential, but feel free to bring anyway
- Chemical hand warmer & toe warmer packets
- Snow saw
- Snow Study Kit