Do you always carry a headlamp when skiing in the backcountry? Find yourself using it a little too often? Then you might want to figure out why you’re always late. Understanding how long it takes to travel through the mountains will help you summit more peaks, ski more powder, not be pushing it as darkness looms and get home when your friends and family expect you. Here are some techniques from a hypothetical outing that you can apply to your tours and adapt to your needs.
While backcountry skiing or riding, we tend to spend more time going up than going down. And, simply put, skinning done poorly is not fun. There are three primary ingredients to a good day of touring: establishing a proper pace, setting an appropriate skintrack angle and avoiding kick turns whenever possible. You’ve likely come into the backcountry to escape the rat race, so learn to enjoy the climb up and the whole experience will get a lot better. Here’s how.
In September 2012, Backcountry Managing Editor Tyler Cohen, photographer Fred Marmsater and I ventured into a little-known part of the Andes for a week of exploring and skiing. Tyler wrote about it in the February 2013 issue of Backcountry. With perfect weather and good spring snow, the exploratory trip couldn’t have gone better. I spent […]