Equipment List

Avalanche Training Equipment List

 Equipment listed below is required for all avalanche courses.

Personal Equipment:

  • Clothing for activities and standing in cold/snowy weather (no cotton)
  • Long underwear
  • Insulating layers
  • Outer layer (wind/waterproof)
  • Warm gloves, mitts, headband, and hat
  • Goggles and sunglasses
  • Small personal first aid kit (sunscreen/lip-balm, moleskin, band-aids, medication, etc.)
  • Water Bottle
  • Pocket Knife
  • Pack

Skiing Equipment:

  • Boots (touring boots recommended)
  • Skis with touring bindings and skins (please adjust bindings to boots and skins to skis before the course). Randonee or free-heel gear is okay.
  • Poles

Snowboarding Equipment:

  • Split Board with touring bindings and skins (please adjust bindings to boots and skins to board before the course) For students arriving at the course with snowboarding equipment, split boards are recommended, as compared to travelling with snowshoes.
  • Boots
  • Collapsible poles

Snowshoes:

  • Snowshoes are not recommended for any of our avalanche courses.

Rescue Equipment:

  • Avalanche probe
  • Collapsible shovel
  • Avalanche transceiver (457 kHz frequency only. Digital or analogue)
  • Cell phone or two-way radio (OPTIONAL)

Other Equipment:

(this equipment is optional for Level 1 courses)

  • Pack (large enough for all equipment on day ski-tours)
  • Weather, Snowpack, and Avalanche Observation and Recording Equipment – required for Level 2, optional for Level 1

For Level 2 Courses bring: (optional for Level 1 courses)

  • Snow saw or folding pruning saw (approx. 40cm blade). There will also be longer folding saws available from Brooks-Range Mountaineering.
  • Snow thermometer (graduated in degrees Celsius). Dial stem and/or glass/alcohol types are commonly used. Electronic thermometers are acceptable but have limitations for snow profile work.

NOTE: If you bring thermometers calibrated in degrees Fahrenheit, you will be required to purchase or borrow a Celsius thermometer.

  • Crystal identification screen. Dark color, metal screen is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
  • Magnifier (8x or 10x RECOMMENDED).
  • Folding rule (graduated in centimetres required. 2 metre length).
  • Compass (Optional, compass with clinometer or bring separate clinometer RECOMMENDED)
  • Altimeter (Optional)
  • Field notebook (AIARE Field Notebook, provided through course provider.)
  • Pencil and spare

Note: Pre-packaged snow observation kits sold in backcountry ski shops often have thermometers in °F, rulers in inches, white crystal cards that are difficult to see clear snow grains and magnifiers that are narrow, overpowered and difficult to see multiple grains or to identify grain size and type. Please take the extra effort to purchase standard magnifiers (available in photo shops or linen shops), darker metal crystal cards and 2m rulers.

Weather, Snowpack, and Avalanche Observation and Recording Equipment

  • Snow saw (approx. 40cm blade).
  • Snow thermometer (graduated in degrees Celsius). Dial stem and/or glass/alcohol types are commonly used. Electronic thermometers are acceptable but have limitations for snow profile work.
  • If you bring thermometers calibrated in degrees Fahrenheit, you will be at a significant disadvantage on the course.
  • Compass (Optional, compass with clinometer or bring separate clinometer RECOMMENDED)
  • Altimeter (Optional, RECOMMENDED)