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Which important facts must be taken into account when you plan a ski tour? Which equipment is absolutely necessary? Those who follow their own paths in open Alpine terrain should be well prepared but also well equipped. Take a closer look at the ski tour planning tips & important ski touring equipment.
Tip: Hot, isotonic drinks are perfect thirst quenchers and also provide warmth. Light food such as cereal bars or snacks will satisfy hunger on the go.
More about safety in open Alpine terrain and details on useful apps and tools for ski mountaineers and how Obergurgl-Hochgurgl supports you (besides workshops on avalanche safety), can be found here.
The "standard ski mountaineering equipment" is: touring skis with touring bindings, telescopic poles, climbing skins, ski crampons, digital avalanche transceiver, avalanche shovel, avalanche probe, first aid kit and mobile phone. A ski helmet can prevent severe head injuries.
A "complete glacier equipment set" contains: sit harness, two prusik loops of different lengths and ascenders, two HMS carabiners, ice pick, climbing irons, bivouac bag, airbag system and rope.
Pack your rucksack carefully and don't forget extra clothes for the descent, sun protection/cream, cold protection, enough food and drink. If you stay overnight at a mountain hut take toiletry articles and a hut sleeping bag with you.