Ski Touring and Off-Piste Skiing Equipment

​ISM has a large stock of ski equipment which is lent to clients at no extra charge. Experienced skiers/ski-mountaineers will find it best to bring their own tried and tested personal equipment. Your Guide / ISM will supply all ropes.

Technical Equipment which ISM can provide FREE OF CHARGE (however we do expect you to replace any items you lose)

  • Rucksack
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Ropes

Personal Clothing

Dressing properly for the mountains can make the difference between an enjoyable trip and an uncomfortable one. Clothing should give the right degree of warmth for the activity, wick perspiration and be easy to ventilate. You should avoid clothes made from cotton as they become cold and clammy when wet.


Equipment List

  • Waterproof, breathable jacket - such as theArc'teryx Alpha FL jacket
  • Waterproof trousers - such as the Arc'teryx Alpha AR pant
  • Gaiters - optional
  • Warm Gloves - such as the Arc'teryx Beta AR glove or the Zenta LT glove
  • Thinner fleece gloves - such as the Arc'teryx Rivet AR glove
  • Thermal Tops x 2 - such as the Arc'teryx Phase AR Zip Neck Longsleeve
  • Mid-layer Powerstretch Top - such as the Arc'teryx Fortrez Hoody
  • Mid-layer warmer insulating piece - such as theArc'teryx Nuclei Hoody
  • Mountain trousers - such as the Arc'teryx Gamma AR pant
  • Warm hat to fit under a helmet - such as the Arc'teryx Molly and Moe Toque Hat
  • Trekking socks and spares
  • Map - your guide will have the correct map
  • Compass and whistle (optional)
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • Rucksack 40 to 50 litres - such as the Arc'teryx FL45
  • Small personal first aid kit (‘Compeed’ and tape for blisters and pain killers such as aspirin or ibuprofen)
  • Water Bottle/Camelback (1 to 1.5 litres recommended) NB. Camelback’s external tubes can freeze in very cold conditions
  • Ski Helmet
  • Sunglasses (Cat 4 rating is preferable)
  • Goggles
  • Sun cream (factor 25+, total block) and lip block
  • Sun Hat - such as the Sinsolo hat
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Money, Passport, Alpine Club/BMC membership if you are a member
  • Sheet sleeping bag - obligatory in most huts
  • Ear plugs - optional
  • Camera
  • Training/approach shoes - travelling and evening wear
  • Spare clothes for wearing in the valley (during away courses we usually have one valley night in which to freshen up).

Technical Equipment (available to borrow free of charge from ISM)

  • Ice axe - such as the Petzl Snowracer axe
  • Crampons - 12 point crampons such as the Petzl Charlet Vasak
  • Harness - such as the Arc'teryx R-320a
  • HMS screwgate karabiner - such as the Petzl Attache
  • Avalanche Transceiver and spare batteries (Trackers, Barryox and Ortovox are good makes and the digital models are much easier to use).
  • Snow shovel - such as the Black Diamond Deploy 3
  • Avalanche probe - such as the Black Diamond Quickdraw Tour

SKI EQUIPMENT (not supplied by ISM but available for hire at the venue)

  • Skis with ski touring bindings - Fritschi, Dynafit or Freeride bindings are recommended
  • Ski touring boots (see section on boots below)
  • Ski Poles - fixed length are better than the telescopic as they are stronger
  • Ski Crampons (also called harscheisen or couteau) are an essential touring accessory
  • Skins - If these are cut to fit the ski then that is an advantage. It is important to only have the ski edges showing at the ski waist when the skins are fitted)
  • Ski Helmet

Ski touring boots

Choosing the correct ski touring boot is a very important decision.

Renting ski touring boots may be the best solution especially if you're ski touring for the first time - contact Hefti Sports for information on their hire boots and prices.

If you want to buy boots, then have a look at the following ranges:

Scarpa ski touring boots
Dynafit ski touring boots


With so many good ski manufacturers and the constantly changing ski designs its difficult to choose the right skis for you. Choosing the right ski is a little easier if you're a commited ski tourer, but if you're ski touring for the first time then maybe hiring skis is the answer - contact Hefti Sports for information on their hire skis and prices.

If you want to buy skis then have a look at the following ranges -

Atomic touring skis
Movement touring skis
Dynastar touring skis


The market leaders are Diamir and Dynafit, with them both having a great range of ski touring bindings.

Diamir Fritschi bindings
Dynafit bindings

Facewest run an outdoor shop for kit monsters! If you need anything ski related, then Facewest gives a fantastic a first class service from an independent retailer. Their website covers all the 'Fundamentals' such as bindings, ski's, avalanche airbags and ski poles etc. Their 'ski touring & backcountry' section focuses on ski touring skins, packs and ski touring ice axes and their 'avalanche safety' section cover transceivers, shovels and probes. Facewest really care about providing the best service for ski enthusiasts, like the staff that work there. The guys at Facewest have been skiing, running and paragliding for decades and are there to help if you need anything. Click HERE to view their website.