There are special equipment requirements for each of the different activities – alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and ski touring/bushwalking. Please contact your local ski retailer for further information on equipment.

Before purchasing equipment and clothing, ensure that they are suitable to your needs. Consult your local professional ski retailer who can advise you on the best equipment to meet your requirements. If possible, hire the same equipment before purchasing.

If you would prefer not to purchase skiing or boarding equipment, it is available for hire from most ski/board outlets and specialist hire stores.


  • Ski boots*
  • Skis*
  • Helmet
  • Poles
  • Drink bottle
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen

* Important: Your ski boots and skis must be fitted by a professional


  • Snow boarding boots*
  • Snowboard*
  • Helmet
  • Wrist guards
  • Retention devices
  • Drink bottle
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen

* Important: Your snowboard boots and snowboard must be fitted by a professional


  • Cross-country boots*
  • Cross-country skis*
  • Helmet
  • Daypack
  • Drink bottle
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen

* Important: Your cross-country boots and cross-country skis must be fitted by a professional


Each party member should carry a survival kit, even on short trips, in summer or winter.

Personal survival kit

  • Sunscreen
  • Mobile phones (note warning on black spots)
  • Matches in a waterproof container and/or a cigarette lighter
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Space blanket or large plastic bag
  • Plenty of food and drink for your trip
  • 6 to 10 metres of 2-3mm cord
  • A roomy day pack or rucksack
  • Filled water bottle

Group equipment, even on the shortest trip

  • Tent or emergency shelter
  • First aid kit
  • Stove, fuel and billy
  • Repair kit

If you have your own skiing/boarding equipment, always have it checked and serviced by a reputable technician before hitting the slopes.


Common sense and care will reduce the risk of loss or theft. Follow these tips to keep your equipment secure:

  • Know where to locate your skis/board at all times.
  • Use a combination lock.
  • Never leave your skis or board on a roof rack without locking them to the rack.
  • Mark all clothing.
  • Leave skis/board in a ‘ski minder’ if one is available.
  • Separate your skis or split them with someone else.

If loss or theft occurs contact the police or resort staff immediately, giving them a full description of all items (make, model and any distinguishing marks).

Operation Identification

The Operation Identification program is aimed at theft prevention and involves marking your equipment for easy identification (we suggest your drivers license number, with state prefix). Thieves are reluctant to take these marked items as they can be associated with the theft and are traceable. Properly marked equipment can also be returned when found. Contact your local police station for more information about this program.

Basic equipment list

Day trip Staying for 2-3 days Staying for 3-7 days
Waterproof jacket 1  1  1-2
Waterproof pants 1  1  1-2
Under layers (thermal underwear) tops 1  1-3  3-4
Under layers (thermal underwear) pants 1  1-2  3-4
Jumper (wool or polar fleece) 1  1-2  2
Gloves (wool or polar fleece) 1  1-2  2
Glove liners 1  1-2  2-3
Waterproof gloves 1  1-2  2
Hat, balaclava or ski mask 1  1  2
Socks 2  2-3  3-5
Goggles 1  1  1
Snow boots (waterproof shoes) 1  1  1
Sunscreen 1  1  1
Mobile phone 1  1  1
Medication all all all
Whistle 1  1  1
Sunglasses 1  1  1
Change of pants (for inside and driving) 1  1  1
Jeans  1  1
Warm pants 1  1  1
Underwear 2 2-3 3-8
Long sleeved tops 1 2-3 3-7
Change of shoes (for inside and driving) 1  1  1
Scarf 1  1  1
Warm sleep clothes  1  1
Toiletries  1  1
Money/credit cards/wallet 1  1  1

Alpine conditions create snow and ice, often making walking difficult and slippery. It is essential to wear appropriate footwear with soles having substantial grip.

The information provided in all our downloads serves as a guide only and does not guarantee the prevention of any loss, damage, injury or other adverse outcome occurring whilst in the alpine regions.

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