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Essential accessories for ski touring

Essential accessories for ski touring
Mikael Garcin ©pierre Allaire

Ski touring is a demanding activity that requires quality equipment to be practiced safely. If you're new to the sport, it can be difficult to know which accessories are essential for a successful day on the slopes.

In this article, we will outline the basic equipment you should consider to get the most out of your ski touring experience. Some items are similar to other outdoor sports and some are specific to this sport.

Seal skins

 Sealskins are usually made of nylon or mohair, which is a softer and more slippery material than nylon. Mohair skins are more effective for long hikes and gentle slopes, while nylon skins are more durable and suitable for steep and icy terrain. It is important to ensure that the skins are the right size for your skis and that they are properly fitted before you set out on a tour. It is also advisable to bring a pair of scissors to cut the skins if necessary.

Ski poles

Ski touring poles are specially designed in aluminium or carbon for this activity, which makes them lighter and stronger than traditional steel ski poles. They also have wider washers for better grip in deep snow and on steep slopes. Ski touring poles are also height adjustable, making them ideal for all sizes and slopes.

Ski touring boots

Ski touring boots are lighter and more flexible than traditional ski boots. They are designed for both uphill and downhill use, offering a good balance between the flexibility needed for ascent and the stiffness required for descent. It is important to choose boots that fit your feet perfectly to avoid pain and injury.

The Meidjo binding is an innovative ski touring binding that offers greater flexibility and freedom of movement than traditional alpine ski bindings. It is also lighter than alpine ski bindings, making it ideal for ski touring.  The Meidjo binding features efficient power transmission, durability and a safety system. It is compatible with specific ski touring boots, providing a smooth and comfortable ski touring experience. 

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A backpack

A backpack is essential for carrying your equipment and supplies. You'll need a bag big enough to hold everything you need for a day on the mountain, including water, food, a change of clothes and safety gear. Ski touring backpacks are usually equipped with straps to secure skis and poles when not in use.

Ski goggles

Ski goggles are essential to protect your eyes from UV rays, snow and strong winds. They also allow you to see obstacles on the piste more clearly. Ski goggles should be comfortable and fit snugly around your face to prevent slippage and cold air from entering. Polarised lenses are also a good option to reduce glare on the snow.

A hat or balaclava

A balaclava or hat is necessary to protect your head and ears from the cold. Bonnets can also be worn under a helmet for extra protection.

Ski gloves

Ski gloves are essential to keep your hands warm and dry while skiing. They should fit snugly for a better grip on the ski poles. Waterproof and breathable ski gloves are best to keep out moisture.

A camping stove

 If you plan to take a break to eat or drink something hot, a camping stove can be very handy. It will allow you to heat water for tea, coffee or instant soups. Make sure you also bring a suitable fuel for your stove.

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 Make sure you choose the equipment that best suits your needs and skill level to get the most out of your ski touring experience. Also remember that safety should always be your priority, so make sure you have the necessary safety equipment, such as an avalanche beacon, shovel and probe.

In short, if you are new to the world of ski touring, you should get these essential accessories for a successful experience on the slopes. However, it is important to note that the list may vary depending on the destination and the weather conditions. It is therefore advisable to consult with mountain professionals for a complete and detailed list of equipment required.

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