Sign up for a course or a trip and receive a 10% discount on purchases and a 20% discount on gear rental. Pro Ski and Mountain Service is our retail specialty store. It has been located in North Bend, WA since 1999. The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.If you are in need of any of these items, please visit our online retail shop, Pro Ski and Mountain Service BASE LAYER: Men's, Women's• 1 Bottom - Midweight or Lightweight• Non-Cotton Underwear• 1-2 Tops - Midweight or Lightweight• 2-3 Pair Sock Liners• 2 Pair Ski SocksMID LAYER• Soft Shell, Windshirt, Fleece - only one of these is necessary• Soft Shell PantsOUTERWEAR: Men's, Women's• Lightweight, Waterproof/Breathable Jacket• Waterproof/Breathable Ski Pants• Warm Hat• Sun Hat (baseball or visor)• Ski Gloves• Lightweight GlovesINSULATION• Down or Synthetic JacketPERSONAL GEAR• Day Pack (25-40L)• Headlamp (Lightweight LED recommended)• Water Bottles (1-2 L, wide mouth)• Sunglasses (adequate for snow travel)• Goggles• Sunscreen (SPF>25, Waterproof)• Lip Balm (SPF 15+)• Personal Toiletries• Small Personal 1st Aid Kit: Blister Repair (Compeed™), Aspirin, Ibuprofen, etc.)• Waterless hand cleaner- there is no running water in the huts• Earplugs - essential for sleepingSKI GEAR• Skis with touring binding: Alpine Touring or Telemark • Ski Boots (Alpine Touring or Telemark - No Downhill Boots)• Ski Poles (recommend telescopic poles, but not required)• Climbing Skins• Ski Crampons - REQUIRED• Ski BrakesSAFETY GEAR• Transceiver (single frequency, 457 kHz only, new batteries at start of trip)• Shovel (compact, lightweight, metal blade preferred) • Probe (dedivated probe only, ski poles do not suffice)TECHNICAL GEAR• Ice Axe - 55-70 cm length, lightweight• Boot Crampons - STEEL ONLY; NO ALUMINUM!, check fit prior to departure• Anti-Balling Plates - fit to crampons• Climbing Harness - lightweight, BD Alpine Bod style.GLACIER TRAVEL KIT• 2 Locking Biners - (1) large HMS style and (1) regular locker• 3 Non-locking Biners - any style, we recommend wire gates• 2 Cordelettes - 6 mm diameter, 6 meter lengths, untied• 1 Sewn Sling - nylon or spectra, double-length OPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them*• Camera• Skin Wax• Note Pad and Pencil - Rite-in-the-Rain brand waterproof notebook works• Altimeter - Suunto watch works well• Sleep Sack - lightweight silk or cotton• Warm Socks - to sleep in• Thermos - vacuum type• Compass• Altimeter (Suunto watch works well)• Foot Powder• Cash - see note below GROUP GEAR PROVIDED BY PGS• Groups 1st Aid Kit• Ropes• Technical Group Gear and VHF radio
➢We recommend bringing cash for use in the huts to purchase snacks, lunches, and drinks. Water must be purchased and costs approximately $7 per liter. Most Pro Guiding Service customers have found bringing $200 to $250 in the local currency allows for a good hot meal in the afternoon and plenty of drinks (including beer) for a six-day hut trip.
HOW DO I GET TO CHAMONIX? The best way is to fly into Geneva and take the bus that leaves right from the airport. To get there you leave the baggage claim area, look across the hall, and will see a counter. The bus is called CHAMONIX BUS. It departs right outside baggage claim.
SHOULD I CHANGE DOLLARS INTO EUROS IN GENEVA? It is better to wait until you get ot Chamonix. That way you pay the exchange rate only once (opposed to from dollars to francs to Euros.) You can get some Swiss Francs at the airport or wait until we get to Switzerland for the second half of the trip.
HOW WILL OUR LUGGAGE GET FROM POINT TO POINT? Pro Guiding Service will be providing a van, hence the name of the week. Please keep your extra luggage to a minimum, as luugage for 8 people adds up to a staggering pile of gear.
WHAT IF THE CONDITIONS ARE NOT ON OUR SIDE? That is the benefit of the van. We will be super mobile, if there are good conditions to be had, we will be able to get there.
WHAT KIND OF SKIS AND BOOTS SHOULD I BRING? This is the trip were the stronger ski and boot are appropriate.
DO YOU SPEAK THE LOCAL LANGUAGE? Yes, we speak French, Italian and German.
HOW MUCH CASH SHOULD I BRING? We recommend bringing some cash for use in the resort and for the road. Credit Cards are accepted in most of the places, but have a bit of cash on hand. Getting cash is not a problem in most places.Most Pro Guiding Service customers have found that $250 to $300 of dinner and spending money will suffice.