journeys to inspire -

guided alpine snowshoe
and walking tours

UIMLA International
Mountain Leader

essential snowshoeing kit

Below is a list of clothing and kit to bring with you on a day or half day’s snowshoeing.

Please consider that you may be walking on the flat or uphill before stopping for photos, to admire a view or enjoy a snack. This means that you are likely to warm up and then cool down. It’s for these reasons that we advise clients to dress in layers, avoid cotton, especially next to the skin, and have extra warm layers to wear when stopping for any length of time - as a friend once put it: always dress for dinner!

A rucsac is necessary to carry safety equipment and will enable you to be flexible with your layers during the day so that you maintain a comfortable temperature.

  • Base layer- thermal or wicking type underclothing, not cotton
  • Thick socks
  • Insulating layers – a warm fleece, if it’s cold you may want to have another thin fleece layer
  • Walking trousers- Scholler type fabric
  • Spare fleece or insulating jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers or ski trousers (if you have ski pants you won’t need walking trousers)
  • Warm hat (sun hat too on sunny days)
  • Warm gloves
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen (high factor at least 30 recommended) and lip protection
  • Gaiters (if you are wearing ski pants you may not need gaiters)
  • Walking boots with a stiff sole and good ankle support
  • Snowshoes
  • Walking/ski poles with large baskets
  • Rucsac 25-30 litres ideally with straps on the outside or a lid (you may need to carry the snowshoes on occasion)
  • Water bottle 1 litre and/or warm drink in a flask (hydration systems may freeze)
  • Lunch and snack food
  • Blister kit
  • Camera
  • Insurance documents

Everyone taking part in a Mountain Balance tour must also carry safety equipment: transceiver, shovel, probe. These may be loaned from the leader.

To hire snowshoes and poles at good rates, contact Mountain Balance. If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

  • Warm duvet jacket
  • Sheet sleeping bag
  • Torch: a headtorch is ideal
  • Small wash kit and travel towel
  • Ear plugs (recommended), an eye mask of the sort handed out on flights can also be useful when sleeping in dorms
  • Cash (huts often don’t take credit cards)
  • Change of clothes
  • Larger rucsac


For prices and full booking information, visit our snowshoe booking page.

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