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Download the Skiing Checklist. Everything you need to practice this winter sport

Download the Skiing Checklist. Everything you need to practice this winter sport


Skiing is great, but not the easiest sport to practice. It requires not only the right weather forecast and skills but also special equipment, consisting of a lot of important things that are easier to forget than to remember, right?

To prevent this from happening to you, check out the Skiing Checklist. The list is versatile and will work for freeriding, backcountry, ski-touring, and others types of skiing.

We have tried to make the list as complete as possible with about 100 items in it. So it is not necessary to bring all the things on the list, but only the ones without which you actually can't do skiing. For example, you should not neglect everything about safety in the mountains in winter, even if it seems "unnecessary". Conversely, it is quite possible to neglect things like "a favorite skier's book that I have long wanted to read," or an extra tube of sunscreen that you can buy in any store in a ski resort. See for yourself according to your situation.

Download and print out the skiing checklist (430 KB, PDF, Google Drive) to make sure you have everything with you when it comes to the actual skiing adventure.

1. Skiing equipment, spare parts, and repairs

  • Alpine skis depending on the purpose
  • Ski boots: normal and with "Riding-Hiking" function
  • Ski and telescopic poles
  • Ski touring crampons and bindings
  • Climbing skins for touring skis
  • Ski helmet
  • Ski mask or goggles (category 3–4)
  • Backpack for 20–30 liters for day skiing
  • Ski case
  • Ski boots bag
  • Rubber traction pads on ski boots
  • Ski straps for Alpine skis
  • Body protectors
  • Ascender
  • Set of mountain climbing carabiners
  • Ice axe
  • Mountaineering harness
  • Climbing self-belay
  • Different rappelling gear
  • A 30+ m rope
  • Spare parts for skiing equipment
  • Various tools for repairing ski equipment
  • Ski wax
  • Swiss Army Knife or similar
  • Scotch tape (including for climbing skin), glue, a big needle, and strong thread
  • Shoe dryer
  • Gas burner, 230-430 ml gas cylinder, and utensil set
  • Thermos
  • Water bottle for 1 liter minimum
  • A snack and meal
  • Travel bag on wheels, duffel bag, or large backpack for 45–60 liters
  • Airtight bags for packaging
  • Other

2. Safety, emergency, and useful items

  • Avalanche transceiver (beacon)
  • Avalanche probe
  • Avalanche snow shovel and saw
  • Avalanche airbag with ABS / JetForce / Alpride systems
  • Black Diamond Avalung
  • Electronic goniometer (inclinometer) for checking the temp. and the slope angle
  • Tent
  • First aid thermal (space) blanket
  • Light sleeping bag at 0 ºC (32 ºF) and below
  • Polypropylene seating mat
  • Beacon light
  • A lighter and matches (both are required)
  • Catalytic hand warmer
  • Whistle
  • Signal mirror
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Basic all-purpose first aid kit and emergency kit
  • Dry or liquid alcohol
  • Knee pads, elastic bandages, and other means of body fixation
  • Notepad, pen, and pencil
  • Other

3. Clothing, accessories, and personal hygiene

  • Two sets of thermal underwear and base layers
  • Fleece sweater
  • Fleece pants for cold weather
  • Down jacket or vest
  • Ski jacket: warm and thin
  • Ski pants: warm and thin
  • Two pairs of thin and warm ski gloves
  • Two fleece or wool hats
  • Two fleece scarves or buffs
  • Helmet balaclava
  • Three pairs of ski socks minimum
  • Warming insoles
  • High-protection sunscreen and lip cream
  • Other

4. Navigation, mobile connection, and energy

  • Pro weather app
  • Local snow report
  • Paper and electronic maps of the ski resort and region
  • Route description printed on paper
  • GPS navigator (GPS trekker)
  • Radio direction finding (RDF)
  • Radio (walkie-talkie)
  • Mobile or satellite phone
  • Smartwatch with altimeter and track recorder app
  • A small camera, GoPro, and the like
  • Headphones
  • Powerbank
  • Portable solar panel
  • Other

5. Identity papers, money, and insurance

  • National ID
  • Drivers license
  • International passport with a visa (if required)
  • Skipass
  • Any types of permits (if needed)
  • Rules of transportation of skis in luggage and payment
  • Emergency phone number and other contacts
  • Your itinerary and contacts left to this service, friends, and hotel
  • Credit card
  • Cash in local currency
  • Health, travel, and sportive insurance
  • Other

Check other checklists. Soon we'll share similar checklists for all other top 20 outdoor sports and activities you can practice with the


Text: Ivan Kuznetsov, an outdoor journalist, editor and writer from the Dolomites, Italy, and Karelia, Finland, with 10 years of professional experience. His favorite sports are hiking, cycling and sauna. Read his other articles

Cover photo: Tim Arnold / Unsplash

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