Backcountry Skiing

Backcountry Skiing
Backcountry skiing is skiing on unmarked, ungroomed slopes outside of ski-resort boundaries requiring the skier to climb slopes to gain access to untracked terrain. Backcountry skiing requires specialized equipment, safety gear and avalanche-safety knowledge.

Types

Telemark Skiing utilizes a binding that keeps your heel free for climbing and downhill runs. Randonee Skiing has convertible bindings that allow the heel to be free for uphill climbs and locked for downhill runs.

Climbing Skins

Climbing skins are necessary for ascending hills in the backcountry. Skins temporarily adhere to the bottom of the skis and provide the traction and grip to climb slopes.

Avalanche-Safety Gear

Shovels, probes and avalanche transceivers are a necessity for any backcountry adventure but most importantly, you need to know how to use them.

Proper Clothing

Dressing in layers is crucial when traveling in the backcountry. Layers allow you to add or remove layers based on exertion and weather conditions.

Warnings

Skiing in an uncontrolled, backcountry environment can entail a great deal of risk. It is recommended that you enroll in a certified avalanche course before heading into the backcountry.

Article Written By Wren Mcilroy

Based out of Salt Lake City, Wren Mcilroy has been writing outdoor recreation and travel-related articles for 3 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and biology from Winona State University in Minnesota.

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