What to bring on Snowshoe and Ski Days

  • Snowshoe Boots – Winter boots or FULL LEATHER hiking boots are best. It is essential that keep your feet warm and DRY! If you need to rent boots please call the U of C outdoor program center (220-5038). They rent winter boots.
  • Snowshoe Poles (downhill ski poles are the best) – These are optional. Some people like using pools since they help with balance.
  • Cleats - You can purchase cleats (many brands to choose from) at MEC or many running stores. You need these if we we are doing an “ice walk”.
  • Backpack – To keep contents dry, put pack contents in a garbage bag before putting them in your pack.
  • Extra clothing – This comes in useful at the lunch break. You cool down quickly when you stop moving. An extra fleece, wool sweater or down vest will keep you toasty warm.
  • Hat  & neck warmer
  • Leg wear –Use the same layering system outlined above. Cotton pants and jeans are a bad choice for outdoor activity because when they get wet they stay wet and you get chilled.  Long underwear, fleece pants and a windproof shell are a good combination for winter activity.
  • Mitts or gloves – Choose fleece or wool since they stay warm when wet. You can also layer your mitts using fleece and a Gortex mitten for the shell.
  • Gaiters (optional) – Gaiters keep snow out of your boots so your feet stay dry and warm.
  • Water – 1 to 2 liters of water with you on each outing.
  • Extra socks and shoes (for the drive out and back!)
  • Thermos – A hot drink is wonderful on the trail in the winter!
  • Food – Hearty Lunch and lots of snacks. (i.e. trail mix/ GORP) This is no time to diet!
  • Sunscreen & lip balm
  • Any medications that are essential to your good health. (asthma, diabetes, bee-sting)
  • First Aid Kit – keep a blister kit in the top of your pack for easy access. You can buy blister kits at most drug stores. For a huge selection of first aid gear you can visit Vereburn Supply at  2235 – 27 Ave., NE (250-7944). They are a wholesaler with a warehouse set-up but will also sell retail. It is best to know what you want before you visit them since they won’t want you walking through their warehouse to browse! And contact Rocky Mountain Medicine if you’d like to take a course in wilderness first aid. They offer top notch wilderness first aid and not a triangular bandage in sight!
  • Bag to pack your garbage out (a Safeway bag works great)
  • Toilet Paper (baggy to carry it out)
  • An insulated pad to sit on or you can sit on your backpack. (You can buy thinsolate bum pads at MEC)
  • Camera (the scenery is SPECTACULAR!)