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If your snowshoeing-ski are fitted with universal bindings, you can use the same shoes as for snowshoeing.
These are mid-height shoes that must be waterproof, with quite a flexible sole for freedom of movement.
They also provide good lateral support, since rough terrain requires good ankle and foot holding.
However, avoid shoes with an overly rigid sole!
The poles are the same as for snowshoeing or hiking, with large baskets to prevent them from sinking into the snow.
The poles should be level with your elbow when your arm is at a right angle.
The ideal is to have a double or extended handle, which allows you to adapt the height of your hands according to the terrain, or to have adjustable poles that you can adjust when ascending or descending.
Although the ideal outfit for the backcountry is a trapper outfit but you're certain to be more comfortable in suitable, technical clothing;)
Since you will be alternating between ascents and descents, it is advisable to have an additional layer of clothing that you can remove and replace as needed.
Compared to the classic cross-country ski outfit, it is better to opt for waterproof products, especially when it comes to the trousers, since you will be moving across fresh snow. You can also wear gaiters to prevent snow from getting into your shoes.
On the top, the three layer rule applies, with breathable technical underwear, a layer that keeps in the heat and a third waterproof layer.
In walking mode, you will have warmer clothes with a fleece layer, gloves and liner gloves and a hat. In sports mode, lighter and more breathable clothing will be more suitable.
Finally, sunglasses and sunscreen are essential to protect you against the reflection of the sun on the snow.
A rucksack with a change of clothes, water bottle, snack and phone is also recommended.