Queyras Mountain Guides

Split Board


Technical gear

  • A 30 liter (approximate) backpack
  • A mountaineering helmet*
  • Ski poles with powder baskets (telescopic poles will not work for skiing)
  • Properly-tuned skis (waxed bases, sharp edges, and correctly-adjusted bindings)
  • Climbing skins fit to skis and in good condition
  • Ski crampons
  • Transceiver, shovel, and probe*
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries
  • Depending on the route, a harness, crampons, and ice axe*

*Gear we can provide if necessary. Please let us know before the outing what gear you need.

Personal gear

  • Backcountry ski touring boots
  • Warm hiking or ski socks (no cotton!)
  • Waterproof mountaineering or ski pants
  • Base layers – expedition weight – top and bottom
  • Waterproof hard shell jacket (Gore-Tex or other)
  • Insulated down parka
  • Fleece jacket or warm insulated jacket
  • Fast-wicking t-shirt base layer
  • Two pairs of gloves (1 lightweight, 1 warm)
  • Fleece/wool hat (which ideally covers your ears)
  • Baseball cap or sun hat in the spring
    Neck warmer/balaclava
  • High altitude sunglasses (Level 4 UV protection)
  • Ski goggles
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • 1.5 liter water bottle or 1 liter thermos, depending on the weather. In spring you will need at least 1.5 liters of water!
  • Snack and lunch food, including energy bars
  • In a Ziploc bag: cash, credit/debit card, 2 or 3 checks (huts rarely take debit/credit cards), health insurance card, proper identification
  • Lightweight survival blanket
  • Compact camera

For overnight trips

  • Spare base layer t-shirt
  • Spare pair of hiking socks (not cotton!)
  • Lightweight sleeping sack (blankets provided at hut)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • French Alpine Club (CAF) or other alpine club (CAI, BMC, AAC, etc.) membership card if you have one, a couple of checks or cash (huts rarely accept debit/credit cards).
  • A small personal first-aid kit with aspirin or acetaminophen/paracetamol, ear plugs, tissues, and Compeed® for blisters. There is no need for anything else unless otherwise specified by your doctor.
  • Some huts have showers. Ask us ahead of time, and if there is a shower make sure you bring a lightweight travel towel and a small amount of soap.