Gear Suggestions and Products we Like

Winter Touring
– Skis or Snowboard with proper touring set up.
– Comfortable Boots
– Skins w/ good glue, cut to fit your skis
– Shovel, Beacon, Probe, in good repair.
– Sun Glasses/Goggles/ 1 spare of each per group
– Snow shoes (snowboarders without split kit, not recommended)
– Helmet
– Headlamp, Spare batteries x6 AAA (extra for beacon)
– Sunscreen
– Repair kit, individual and to suite group needs
– Gloves and good socks
– Down Jacket
– Emergency Tarp, small, compact, heat reflective.

– Base layer; Thin Merino or equivalent top and bottom
– Thin gloves and good quality ski socks suggested
– Insulating layer for colder days, light weight Merino recommended
– Shell; some sort of water resistant breathable tops and bottoms
– Hat/toque, Good gloves, goggles and sun glasses, spares for the group.

Recommended Extras
– Personal F/A kit,
– Group VHF radio Freq 158.940 mandatory for self guided groups
Repeater Radio transmit is 167.610 Mhz Narrowband with a CTCSS tone, available upon request
Repeater Radio receive is 162.630 Mhz Narrowband with a CTCSS tone, available upon request
– Topo Map (Burton 82f/13) and compass/GPS
– Sat Phone, spot locator or inReach, mandatory for self guided groups

Cabin stuff
– Down booties/slippers or cabin shoes
– Casual clothes
– Towel/Bathing suit
– Entertainment/Board game, we do have a couple.
– Music, we have an ipod doc and plug in stereo system.

Rentals can be arranged for many of the items listed below. Our local retail shops specializing in backcountry skiing and snowboarding are happy to stay open an hour later if need be to help you find any last minute items or forgotten gear. Arrangements can be  made through us or directly through the Roam Shop in Nelson BC. They carry a selection of skis, Avalanche Airbag Packs with full kits, shovel, beacon, probe. Split boards are difficult to rent locally, private arrangements can be made.

We recommend a ski with a medium to fat width. A shorter length ski is often preferred for days spent in the trees. Fat skis make deep powder skiing more fun with less exertion needed to turn but remember that weight is a big factor if you intend to do big days. A spare pair for the group is recommended.

Alpine Touring or Telemark bindings are needed for back country travel on skis. There are various makes and models of back country touring bindings on the market; we recommend the use of releasable models with breaks. In order to get the most out of your trip, be familiar with your equipment. Check to make sure it is in good repair and that your group coordinates some sort of repair/spare set up.


We recommend a split board style snowboard for backcountry touring. If you are using this type of gear, it may be beneficial to incorporate some kind of skinning crampon. If using snowshoes be prepared and in good physical condition. Collapsible poles are a must.

Avalanche Gear

Shovel: A compact metal blade and extendable handle is recommended.

Beacon: There are many good beacons on the market today. They are all different in the way that they function; it is a good idea to practice on a regular basis. All guests at Ice Creek Lodge will run through an avalanche scenario and individual beacon practice prior to touring on the day of arrival.

  • Tracker 2, Reliable, tough and easy to use.
  • Barryvox Pulse, the ideal tool, requires proper setup for user skill level

Probe: Please be sure it is in good working condition.

*All beacons must work on 457 kHz frequency to be implemented at our lodge. Smart phone apps are not to be used in exchange for proper beacons under any circumstances while visiting Ice Creek Lodge. For more information, click Canadian Avalanche Centre.

Climbing Skins

They should be in good condition with clean adhesive, sized to fit your skis. Avoid using skins that are too skinny for your fat skis as it can become more strenuous.

Be sure to bring a comfortable day pack and a good layering system, including some kind of a water-proof, breathable shell. A full gear list will be sent out with your registration package to your Trip Leader or have a look further below.

Lodge Wear
Bring along comfortable clothes for lounging in the cozy ambiance of the lodge. Pack a pair of light weight running shoes for going to the out house, and shorts and a towel for the sauna. Ice Creek Lodge will provide the amenities mentioned on the Accommodation page adding to the comfort of your stay as our guest.

**Please remember** you are flying into our remote backcountry lodge via helicopter and load restrictions are carefully calculated at 80 lbs total per person (including all food and beer).  All gear will be weighed at the staging area. Extra gear loads are available at a cost of $1,000.00 plus tax and will be billed to the group on site via credit card. Contact Ice Creek Lodge for more information.