Randonee skiing, with its focus on summits, steep descents and mountain traverses, is also known as alpine touring, AT skiing or ski mountaineering. Randonee bindings allow the skier to lift his heels for cross-country or uphill travel--as much as with traditional cross country skis. Once it's time to ski downhill, however, the heels on randonee bindings can be locked in place to allow for conventional alpine-style skiing.
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