If you love winter sports, you should definitely try ski touring. This is a discipline that requires a hike on special ski and is followed by downhill skiing afterwards. The idea of skiing on a perfect snow, away from busy ski resorts, totally absorbed by nature, is stunning.
Ski touring and ski alpinism are very similar sports, we can think of them as upgraded cross-country skiing. However ski touring is a lighter version that you can handle with an average physics. In ski alpinism, there is a similar goal - climbing a hill on skis and downhill ride but with using a climbing equipment. It is an activity in more extreme conditions.
Pic: slower ski touring outputs
Ski touring is actually a peaceful, economic and ecological hike on a hill where the ski will allow you to have a free heel. On the way to the top, you can add special climbing belts to your skis, which make it easier for you. After you enjoy your well-deserved chocolate stick and the view at the top, turn off the belts, click on the boots and enjoy the beautiful valley downhill ride.
Special skis must have a special tie for ski alpinism that will allow you to have a free heel for the exit. The climbing synthetic belts are very used here. During the downhill skiing, you will switch to a hard belt as in classic skis. Shoes are light and movable at the ankles, which is useful especially in downhill skiing - you may feel like on the slopes, but you will certainly not have the stability. In this case, telescopic poles are better choice than ski poles.
Pic : Ski touring boots
Other disciplines are already part of ski alpinism, as they include cross-country skiing on mountain glacier and extreme downhill skiing, where you need to have a climbing equipment.
Pic: changing physical demands requires layering of clothing
Winter and snow are not an excuse to stay at home, but rather the opposite. The winter sports industry offers active use in a variety of possibilities and terrains. Do not be afraid to jump in, you may find a new life passion.