Off Piste Skiing Equipment List

Here is a summary of the items of equipment you will need for off-piste skiing on one of our Guided courses. Please check you have each item and refer to the bottom of the page for details on hiring equipment.

  • Skis, Poles, Ski boots (Touring or downhill boots / bindings)
  • Warm Ski clothing including thermal top and bottoms, mid layer fleece and wind/water proof jacket and trousers. Plus one spare warm top layer.
  • Small Rucksack
  • Hat or balaclava, buff or neck gaiter also useful.
  • Helmet recommended
  • Ski goggles and sunglasses
  • Sun Cream
  • Gloves thin pair & thick pair
  • Avalanche Transceiver
  • Shovel
  • Probe
  • Snacks and drink
  • Strap to tie skis and poles together for walking sections
  • Mobile phone with the Chamonix PGHM (local mountain rescue) number programmed in: +33 (0)4 50 53 16 89
  • Rescue & health insurance suitable for off piste skiing – see our Insurance FAQ
  • Lift pass
  • Cash for refreshments

The Guide will also carry the following items:

  • Rope
  • Shovel
  • Probe
  • Navigation Equipment (map, compass, gps)
  • Spare gloves
  • Skins
  • Group Shelter
  • First aid kit

Equipment Hire

Please follow our Sanglards Ski Hire link below to access your 15% discount (more in quieter periods), or tell them in the shop you have a booking with High Mountain Guides for the same discount. Shops are in Chamonix, Argentiere – Les Grands Montets and Vallorcine.

Sanglard Sports, location de matériel de ski, snowboard, skis de randonnées à Chamonix, Argentière, Vallorcine

Avalanche safety & mountaineering equipment hire can be arranged in advance with us. Please let us know which items you will require from the list above.