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Ski touring



In this ski touring tutorial we squeezed 10 tutorials into one so it will contain a lot of information but we could obviously not cover everything and we apologise for that so make sure to take appropriate safety courses! Dave Searle teaches us many basics tips and tricks about ski touring. A few things we learn are how to plan your next ski tour, how to pack for ski touring, how to put climbing skins on, using pin bindings, how to kick turn, how to choose a safe line to walk up and much much more. Remember to take avalanche courses or join a guide to learn more about the hazards of ski touring.

Things you will learn in this touring tutorial:
01:00 Planning | Look at the Weather & Avalanche conditions
02:09 Precautions we where taking
02:51 Planning tools
1. Guide book
2. Map
3. Digital Fatmaps (make sure to have an analog map to due to connectivity)
4. Ask locals
03:45 Equipment / Packing
05:05 Putting the skins on
05:54 How to
06:23 How to set up the ski boots for walking uphill
06:56 How to step into pin bindings
07:21 How to choose where to walk up
07:54 How to know if the slope is less than 30° steep
08:24 Measuring if the slope is more than 30°. 30° or less than 30°
09:05 How to walk on touring skis
09:46 How to kick turn
10:45 3 Tips on walking efficiently
12:10 How to take the skins off

Planning and preparation

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Do you want to learn how go go from the slopes out to the fresh powder snow in the backcountry?

We made this guide to help you who already knows how to ski in the slopes, proceed out to the backcountry.

This video is complementary to the written article and covers gear and how it is used in real situations.

Pontus from Ridestore Magazine tags along two local ski patrols and a pro skier when they are heading out to explore a new area.

We had some great times with loads of fresh snow, partly blue skies and a lot of Dope shredding.

We hear ski patrol Sebastian talk about the importance of safety gear and breaking down which skiing gear is optimal for backcountry.

Ski patrol Rasmus shows us how to perform an extended column test, to check snow stability and therefore current avalanche situation.

Pro skier Jesaias shows us some neat drops and chest deep powder runs.

In order to create a better skiing segment, the skiing part is filmed under the course of to days whilst the touring and How to backcountry ski part is filmed during one day.

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Backcountry Skiing 101

Are you ready to make the leap from the ski resort to the backcountry, but not sure where to start? In this video Outdoor Gear Exchange's Jim D. will go through the basics of backcountry skiing equipment, what you need, and what to think about as you build out your set up.

Hungry for some more knowledge? Check out some of our blog articles on backcountry skiing & ski boot sizing.

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If you're interested in taking your backcountry safety knowledge consider taking an avalanche course. The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education is an excellent resource.

Ski touring equipment with Freeride World Champion Nadine Wallner

Freeride World Champion Nadine Wallner and Chris Zarfl give you a few tips for right ski touring equipment.

N: Hello, I'm Nadine Wallner and I'd like to give you a few tips on touring. Anyone thinking of going on a tour should have safety equipment with them. This includes: an avalanche transceiver, a probe, a shovel, a First Aid package and an airbag.

VO: For guidance there are maps, GPS device, altimeter, mobile phone, and pocket binoculars in the backpack. For descents or for risky uphill sections you should have a helmet and possibly also back protector.

VO: The ski length based on your height and your skill level. Experienced ski tourers and freeriders have skis up to 10 cm above their height - beginners choose a ski of 5-10 cm below their height. Basically you can say that skis with more powerful rockers turn more easily and can therefore travel a little farther. While the rocker facilitates the ascent through powder snow, it makes it difficult to climb in hard and icy sections. (Because only a small part of the skin is in contact with it).

VO: with the specific ski touring binding, the heel can be loosened for the ascent, and for steeper sections the so-called climbing aid can be folded out.

VO: touring poles can be length-adjusted, and also make it possible to keep the uphill pole beneath the grip, so as to compensate for the slope.

VO: A good touring ski boot is characterized by low weight, accompanied by sufficient support and rigidity for descents. For ascents, it can be quickly and easily adjusted in such a way that more freedom of movement is provided for the ankle.

VO: The skins prevent the skis from slipping back during an ascent. To mount them, wipe the surface with a cloth to ensure that it is clean and dry. Then attach the skins to the ski tips, smoothing down the fur slowly from top to bottom – and simultaneously using the other hand to peel off the plastic protective tape.

Make sure that the fur is free of folds and is mounted parallel to the ski edges until you can hook it on again at the ski tail.

The mounting method varies at tip and tail depending on the manufacturer – but the important thing is that skin and ski go together.

Removing the skins is done in reverse order: Loosen them at the tail, pull off, place the protective film on the adhesive surface and then roll them up. At home or in the cabin, you should roll out the fur once again to let it dry.

Have fun touring! Your Bergfex team.

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The Skier's Haute Route - Salomon Freeski TV S9 E7

For Mike Douglas and Alexis Godbout, a ski touring trip through Switzerland's Urner Alps was about much more than simply exploring a beautiful mountain range on skis. It was a chance to push themselves and expand their definition of what it means to be a freeskier.

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Armada 2016-17: Intro to Ski Touring with Todd Ligare

Backcountry Skiing: What to pack for a day of touring

Get ready to step into the backcountry with Outdoor Gear Exchange. In this video, Nate runs you through the contents of his pack for a typical day of touring.

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Phil Evans of Backcountry Uk explains the different types of boots used for backcountry skiing and recommends good ski/boot/binding combinations for ski touring, ski mountaineering and freeride in Europe.


2019 Season Edit - Ski Touring, Couloirs and Steepskiing in Västjämtland

2019 Season Edit - Ski Touring, Couloirs and Steepskiing in Västjämtland.
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REI Presents: Follow Through

People have opinions about skier Caroline Gleich: Inspirational. Gumby. Social media star. Role model. Model masquerading as a mountaineer. At sixteen, she stumbled upon a copy of the cult classic guidebook The Chuting Gallery. Irreverent and wonderfully arbitrary, the guidebook lays out a set of 90 ski mountaineering lines across Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. They were difficult and dangerous. When she first said out loud she wanted to ski them, she was met with laughter. “Maybe it was because I was five feet tall, or I was a little blonde girl, but I remember that clearly — and it didn’t feel good” says Gleich. After a decade building her skills, Gleich set out to complete her vision and become the skier she dreamt of being. “Follow Through” is a story of loss, belonging and desire for respect. In this age of hyperconnectivity, which voices do we choose to hear and which do we ignore?

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Fantastic Ski Touring Adventures in Svaneti, Caucasus, Georgia

Amazing ski touring in the beautiful and majestic Svaneti region of Georgia’s Caucasus mountains. Hope you enjoy the video just as much as we enjoyed our time there :)

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Dynafit - From the Road - Full Film

From The Road is a story of a skier’s personal journey, seen through the lens of redemption and triumph. Delivered through the unique personal perspective of former professional ski guide Eric Henderson, the film is centered on a human powered ski adventure in Alaska with a diverse team of ski athletes on iconic peaks in the heart of the Chugach Mountains. From The Road offers a unique view into the sport of backcountry skiing, and both its human limitations and liberations, ultimately revealing why this particular group of skiers have joined – to give Henderson another try at Meteorite Peak, a foreboding peak normally reserved for helicopter skiing, where he broke his neck in 2009 causing his professional guiding career to come to a screeching halt.

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Crete: White Dreams – Uncovering an untapped ski touring paradise

Crete: White Dreams – Uncovering an untapped ski touring paradise. This is the story of five ladies from the Dynafit Team. They got out of their comfort zone, exposed themselves to adventure and entered a world where strangers became familiar friends and dreams transformed into reality.

Wrangelled - A Ski-Mountaineering Flick

The Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Alaska is 13.2 million acres full of spectacular mountains and glaciers. In April of 2013, 4 friends ventured into a remote section of the park to live on a glacier for 2 weeks, setting up base camp in the center of untouched terrain.

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Backcountry Ski Touring on Berthoud pass, Winter Park, Colorado.

Winter is off to a fantastic start in Colorado. Conditions in mid November are skiing like mid-winter and the backcountry skiing could not be better! Great skiing touring off the west side of Berthoud Pass. Easy skinning and soft powder turns on the way out. Just a few rock sharks but nothing to troubling. Hoping it will be an excellent winter with plenty of more backcountry skiing.

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(1/5) Ski touring strength and endurance exercises | 10-week training plan (English)

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The training plan gives you a daily overview of exercises and timings for training.
Preparation, endurance sessions and mechanical axis training: In the first training set we start with a simple initial test. This is followed by short strength endurance intervals, alternating with longer, less intense sessions. In addition to endurance, we also strengthen the mechanical axis and increase flexibility – for more efficient ascents on ski tours!

Ski Tours with Freeride World Champion Nadine Wallner

Freeride World Champion Nadine Wallner and Chris Zarfl give you a few tips for your first steps off-piste.

N: Hello, I'm Nadine Wallner and I'd like to give you a few tips on touring. Anyone thinking of going on a tour should have safety equipment with them. This includes: an avalanche transceiver, a probe, a shovel, a First Aid package and an airbag.

It's also good if you use a guide for your first trips out, so that you're safe, and also familiar with the material.

VO: To prepare for your first steps, you attack the climbing skins, open the heel of your ski binding, switch your tour boots to ascent mode, and grab the pole without putting the loop round your wrist – that way you can quickly and easily let go of the pole in case of an avalanche.

VO: Take your first steps on flat terrain.

N: When touring, it's important that you don't actively lift the skis but make a sliding motion instead. This saves energy.

VO: Here, your arms move counter to your legs. The skis are a hip's width apart and your stride length is adapted to the terrain - on flat ground the strides are longer, and when things are steeper they get shorter.

VO: So-called step turning then enables you to make your first changes of direction on flat terrain. Here, you lift the ski tip of your inner leg towards the inside of the turn – and then you bring the ski back down on the outside of the turn.

VO: For steeper sections, flip the climbing aid of your binding downwards, to keep your boot almost horizontal. On steep terrain, your steps will become shorter. You can grab your mountain-side pole a little further down, to compensate for the slope.

N: If the terrain is steep and step turning is no longer possible, you have to do the switchback.

VO: For the switchback, look for a place where you can position the skis almost horizontal and stable. The poles are inserted laterally, next to the body. While shifting your weight on to the downhill leg, lift and turn the uphill ski. As soon as the uphill ski is secure, change the position of the poles. Now you shift your weight to the upper leg, and turn the second ski to follow you.

N: As soon you've mastered the switchback you can do the kick turn.

VO: When repositioning your downhill ski, kick against the ski with your heel – that makes the movement even more fluid. If too much snow is sticking to your ski, this kick will loosen at least part of it, making the ski easier to turn.

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Ski Freeride - Ski touring Adventure in Patagonia with Thibaud Duchosal

After some lines skied in Russia, France and Italy, Thibaud Duchosal is travelling to South Hemisphere for the fourth episode of the series. Baguales Patagonia is an eden lost in middle of Argentina and Thibaud decide to venture away in order to live the true patagonian experience!!

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