Black Forest Ski Traverse
Germany & Switzerland, Ski Touring, 8 days - from £1,145 (land only) - from €1,545 (land only) - from $1,915 (land only)
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Note: winter cycling clothing is excellent apparel for cross-country skiing.
You must bring the following items:
Approach shoes / Snow boots or walking shoes
Rucksack 25 to 30 litres maximum
(On a warm day you may need space to stow clothes as you warm up)
Your rucksack needs ski loops or alternatively ties and an extra couple of bungee cords or a ski tie/strap
Waterproof/windproof overtrousers. Sallopettes are not needed.
Thermal leggings or running/cycling long trousers
Thermal top long sleeved
Thin fleece top long sleeved
Gloves x2 1 thick and 1 thin
Scarf or buff for neck
Warm socks (like walking socks but not too thick or long like alpine ski socks
Comfortable underwear/sports bras for ladies (not wired)
Water container (1 litre) NB. Drinks tubes and bottles stowed on the outside of your rucksack usually freeze in winter
Toilet paper and small pack of hand wipes
Waterproof bag for documents
Head-torch / head-lamp with spare bulb and batteries
Basic First Aid Kit - Our professional tour leaders hold first-aid qualifications and will carry a basic medical kit. You should bring your own personal first aid kit consisting of the following: throat lozenges, painkillers (anti-inflammatory), antiseptic cream/spray, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment/tape, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets are a good idea.
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Slippers for your overnight accommodation
Spare clothing for use in hotels/chalets, 2 sets should be sufficient
Lightweight pack towel
Swimming costume for sauna available in some accommodation
Cross Country Ski Equipment
Cross-country ski boots*
The following items are optional:
Extra pair of warm mittens
Waistcoat fleece or wind stopper
Small flask and contents (tea bags/drink sachets etc)
Camera, media, spare batteries
Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
The ideal skis to use for this trip are track skinny skis, classic/fishscale style for cross-country (Nordic) skiing. We will not be waxing or using skins. The majority of the skiing will be on prepared trails. Ski boots should be comfortable, warm classic style to match your bindings. Boots with a high ankle are more comfortable for this trip than a racing-style boot. Classic length ski poles (which should sit comfortably under your arm pit once stood on your skis) are also required.
Ski and Ski boot Hire
* Cross country skiing equipment, which includes fishscale classic skis (not skates or waxables), Saloman (or similar) boots and bindings, and poles, can be hired locally at the start of the traverse. The approximate cost of equipment hire is €95 for the week (this includes the cost of returning the equipment to the hire shop at the end of the trek). You will make your payment direct to the hire shop or in the event of a late arrival, to the guide (cash only). All equipment hire must be arranged in advance, as it will be necessary to pre-order correct sizes. Please contact our office if you wish to arrange equipment hire. We will need to know your height, weight, normal shoe size (you must give us your everyday shoe size and not your personal adjustment for wearing boots) and the measurement of your height up to your armpits (for ski pole hire).