Suggested Clothing and Equipment List for Backcountry Skiing
Note: Injury, illness, hypothermia and poor visibility are some of the realities of winter travel in Gros Morne National Park. Be prepared - you could be out overnight without shelter!
- long underwear top and bottom (quick drying such as polypro)
- sock liners (polypro) and socks (wool or synthetic equivalent)
- tops and pants (fleece or wool)
- shell jacket and pants (water/wind proof, breathable)
- vest (synthetic or down)
- heavy top (fleece or wool)
- hat (fleece or wool) and balaclava
- mitts (fleece or wool) and water/wind proof and breathable over mitts
Make sure that you carry extra layers of clothing for warmth when you stop or if your clothing becomes wet!
- backcountry skis (or snowshoes), boots, poles
- goggles and/or sunglasses
- insulated sleeping pad
- sleeping bag
- food and water
- first aid kit (with additional survival gear)
- matches and candle (or headlamp with spare batteries)
- map and compass
- ski waxes
- stove, fuel and cooking pot
- repair kit (pliers, screwdriver, ski tip, duct tape, wire)
- plastic bags (keep clothing dry!)
If you travel into the mountainous areas, prepare for hazards such as avalanches, cold exposure, and whiteout conditions!