The Length of Vermont on Skis

Recommended Equipment

One of the most popular questions we get here at the Catamount Trail Association is: What type of equipment is required to ski on the Catamount Trail?  You’d think this would be an easy question to answer. 

What kind of equipment… backcountry ski equipment! If only it were that simple.  For more details on the type of ski equipment we recommend for the trail, check out the Backcountry Equipment Primer on our blog. 

Other items necessary depend on the difficulty and length of the tour.  If you have questions about which items to bring, check with the tour leader. For outings beyond the limits of ski touring centers, your equipment should include:

  • Backcountry skis
  • Ski poles with baskets
  • Boots
  • Backpack
  • Wax for waxable skis or Maxi-glide for no-wax skis
  • Plenty of liquid to drink throughout the day
  • Lunch and extra food in case an unforeseen problem causes a delay on the trail.
  • Extra layers of clothing to put on at breaks or in an emergency
  • Extra socks, mitts or gloves, hat or balaclava
  • Gaiters
  • Scraper to remove ice buildup on skis.
  • Compass and Whistle
  • Duct tape
  • Moleskin, small first aid kit & space blanket
  • Headlamp & extra batteries
  • Chemical hand warmers
  • Small pad to sit or stand on for lunch
  • Climbing skins
  • Goggles and/or sunglasses
  • Toilet paper (optional: snow works too, and if you do use TP, be sure to pack it out.)
  • Sunscreen / Lip Balm
  • Personal identification and medical insurance card (if you have one)
  • Any medications you might need

Revised: 10/1/13