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The required gear for each course is listed below.

Please note that the gear listed under “Everyone” is also required!

High Peaks Traverse:

  • Lightweight telemark skis with 3-pin bindings and leather or light plastic boots, like a Scott Excursion or Scarpa T4.
  • Waxless skis with 3-pin bindings and boots are available for demo at no charge if you don’t have your own.  Please bring your own boots if you have them.

Intermediate Tour:

  • Moderate to heavy duty Telemark or Alpine Touring (Randonee) skis and bindings.
  • Plastic (or heavy duty double leather) Telemark or AT boots.
  • Climbing skins (pre-adjusted and fit to your skis).
  • Very limited demo equipment is available.  Call in advance to discuss demo equipment.

Advanced Tour:

  • Moderate to heavy duty Telemark or Alpine Touring (Randonee) skis and bindings.
  • Plastic (or heavy duty double leather) Telemark or AT or boots.
  • Climbing skins (pre-adjusted and fit to your skis), avalanche beacon, probe, shovel and mountaineering crampons (pre-adjusted and fit to your boots).
  • Don’t have avy gear? Check out this special deal for SkiFest particpants!

EVERYONE:

  • Several adjustable layers of synthetic, wool or silk clothing to accommodate temperature extremes when active and resting. We recommend skiing in lighter weight, breathable layers (to minimize overheating) and then having a heavier insulating jacket (like Primaloft) to put over everything at rest breaks. Be prepared for extreme conditions.
  • Water resistant/breathable jacket with hood.
  • Warm hat and extra pair of warm gloves or mittens.
  • Plenty of food and fluids (2 liters+) for the day. A thermos full of hot liquids is great.
  • Sunglasses and/or goggles for eye protection from sun and tree branches.
  • Headlamp with extra batteries.
  • Day pack big enough for all of the above.

Optional personal items (Guides/Instructors will have these for the group)

  • personal repair kit for bindings, poles & packs
  • personal care kit: band-aids, athletic tape, sterile gauze, ibuprofen.
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Skiers enjoying spring conditions on Mount Marcy in April