SKI TOURING LAYERING GUIDE

Mountain Equipment Ski Touring Layering Guide

WHAT TO WEAR FOR SKI TOURING

 

Dressing for ski touring is best approached with the same mind-set as mountaineering, where lightweight, comfortable, and adaptable layering systems trump the very protective but heavy and cumbersome clothing usually used for piste skiing. Despite cold temperatures, working hard skinning uphill means that overheating while ski touring is often as much of a problem as getting cold, so having a versatile system is key.

HOW TO LAYER FOR SKI TOURING

Dressing for ski touring is best approached with the same mind-set as mountaineering, where lightweight, comfortable, and adaptable layering systems trump the very protective but heavy and cumbersome clothing usually used for piste skiing. Despite cold temperatures, working hard skinning uphill means that overheating while ski touring is often as much of a problem as getting cold, so having a versatile system is key.

UNTRACKED POWDER

 

Just 45 minutes from our offices in Southern Germany, the mountainous hinterland to the south of Munich offers a quieter alternative for the skier in search of untracked powder.

The Spitzingsee region, with it’s smattering of mostly private huts and modest, accessible peaks between 1500 and 2000m is a popular destination amongst hikers but in the depths of winter when the alpine meadows lie deep under a layer of snow, it is the perfect playground for an easy day tour.

Mountain Equipment Ski Touring Baselayers

BASELAYERS

A layer that keeps off the sun and which can be worn on its own when skinning uphill is ideal.

On most days, wearing baselayer leggings is the best way to keep your legs warm. For some skiers, ¾ length legwear are perfect because they keep clear of your boot and socks and don’t ruck up or catch on layers, while other skiers prefer the full coverage and warmth of full length baselayers.

BASELAYERS

A layer that keeps off the sun and which can be worn on its own when skinning uphill is ideal.

On most days, wearing baselayer leggings is the best way to keep your legs warm. For some skiers, ¾ length legwear are perfect because they keep clear of your boot and socks and don’t ruck up or catch on layers, while other skiers prefer the full coverage and warmth of full length baselayers.

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Mountain Equipment Ski Touring Mid Layers

MID LAYERS

A midlayer needs to be warm enough to provide a good amount of warmth, but not so hot that you overheat at the first signs of an uphill slope.

MID LAYERS

A midlayer needs to be warm enough to provide a good amount of warmth, but not so hot that you overheat at the first signs of an uphill slope.

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SHELL LAYERS

A Soft Shell offers a lot of advantages over a waterproof Hard Shell in most weathers: they are softer, more comfortable to wear, and more breathable. In all but sustained horrid weather it’s what we would rather wear.

Most of the time you hope not to be forced to wear a waterproof, but when you need to wear one it’s vital you have one with you that you want to wear.

Legwear choice for skiing depends a lot on the conditions. For warm spring days Soft Shell is definitely the best choice, but if it’s really cold and windy then Hard Shell trousers are the better option. We make a big range of ski legwear for everything from midwinter blitzes to steady spring tours.

HARD SHELL LAYERS

SOFT SHELL LAYERS

SHELL LAYERS

A Soft Shell offers a lot of advantages over a waterproof Hard Shell in most weathers: they are softer, more comfortable to wear, and more breathable. In all but sustained horrid weather it’s what we would rather wear.

Most of the time you hope not to be forced to wear a waterproof, but when you need to wear one it’s vital you have one with you that you want to wear.

Legwear choice for skiing depends a lot on the conditions. For warm spring days Soft Shell is definitely the best choice, but if it’s really cold and windy then Hard Shell trousers are the better option. We make a big range of ski legwear for everything from midwinter blitzes to steady spring tours.

HARD SHELL LAYERS

SOFT SHELL LAYERS

Mountain Equipment Ski Touring Insulation

INSULATION

This is the layer that keeps you warm while you stand in a blizzard belaying your struggling climbing partner, it’s the layer that must be small and light enough that you always pack it, and it’s the layer you climb in when the cold gets too much. This is your heaven from the storm.

INSULATION

This is the layer that keeps you warm while you stand in a blizzard belaying your struggling climbing partner, it’s the layer that must be small and light enough that you always pack it, and it’s the layer you climb in when the cold gets too much. This is your heaven from the storm.

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WHAT ARE THE BEST GLOVES FOR…?

 

Searching for the ideal pair of Scottish winter climbing gloves, or the perfect gloves system for winter mountaineering or summer trekking? Read our blog for expert advice about the ideal gloves for your specific needs.

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