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Ski Tour Planning Tips & Equipment

Perfectly planned peak conquest

Which important facts must be taken into account when you plan a ski tour? Which equipment is absolutely necessary? Those who follow their own paths in open Alpine terrain should be well prepared but also well equipped. Take a closer look at the ski tour planning tips & important ski touring equipment.

Tour Planning Tips


  • Yes, ski touring can be really exhausting! Endurance sports strain the heart and circulation and require good health and excellent self-assessment.
  • Inform yourself in advance about the length of the tour, altitude difference, difficulty level and current snow conditions.
  • Always keep an eye on the weather forecast. Strong wind and poor visibility increase the risk of accidents immensely.
  • Organize yourself in small groups. Companions can help each other by also reducing the risk. High Alpine glacier crossings are allowed only in a group by using a rope.
  • Before starting a tour, you should tell someone in the valley about the tour's destination and the time you plan to be back. On each ski tour an avalanche transceiver is an absolute must.


Tip: Hot, isotonic drinks are perfect thirst quenchers and also provide warmth. Light food such as cereal bars or snacks will satisfy hunger on the go.

More about safety in open Alpine terrain and details on useful apps and tools for ski mountaineers and how Obergurgl-Hochgurgl supports you (besides workshops on avalanche safety), can be found here.

Skitour Obergurgl Hochgurgl Landscape Winter

Recommended ski mountaineering equipment

The "standard ski mountaineering equipment" is: touring skis with touring bindings, telescopic poles, climbing skins, ski crampons, digital avalanche transceiver, avalanche shovel, avalanche probe, first aid kit and mobile phone. A ski helmet can prevent severe head injuries.

A "complete glacier equipment set" contains: sit harness, two prusik loops of different lengths and ascenders, two HMS carabiners, ice pick, climbing irons, bivouac bag, airbag system and rope.

Pack your rucksack carefully and don't forget extra clothes for the descent, sun protection/cream, cold protection, enough food and drink. If you stay overnight at a mountain hut take toiletry articles and a hut sleeping bag with you.

Ski mountaineering equipment list

  • Sports underwear
  • Pair of socks
  • Long Sleeve Zipp
  • Ortovox Merino 320 Jacket
  • Softshell
  • Down Jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Rucksack 35l+
  • Touring skis
  • Ski touring shoes
  • Climbing skin
  • Avalanche transceiver (LVS in German)
  • Avalanche shovel
  • Avalanche probe
  • Ortovox Gemini bivouac sack
  • First-aid kit
  • Snack
  • Enough to drink
  • Telescopic poles