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Ski Touring for Beginners

Ski touring requires a whole array of new skills and equipment. In a few short hours we can find out how everything works, explore some new skiing areas inaccessible by chairlift, and discuss the pros and cons of ski touring set-ups if you think it might be a sport that you would like to pursue.

We can also refine your off-piste technique and have a look at some of the basic aspects of avalanche awareness (although this is the tip of a considerably large iceberg!)

As you will see, ski touring requires different gear. Unfortunately, standard skis and boots won’t work. Your skis need a specific kind of binding that will lift at the heel for the skin up, but clip down for the ski down.

Both the skis and the boots tend to be lighter than alpine skis, to take the strain out of the hike. Lastly, you need a pair of skins to attach to the base of your skis so that they grip into the snow as you climb. Most ski shops have sets of touring boots, skis and skins available to hire.

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