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Using Alpine skis with touring bindings, which allow for both a free and a fixed heel, we will ski uphill (with ‘skins’ attached to the bottom of our skis), as well as downhill.
Skiing outside resort areas involves increased levels of danger, especially from avalanche.
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www.exodus.co.uk /activities/winterskitouring.html   (277 words)

  Ski touring - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ski touring, also referred to as ski mountaineering, ski randonnée, and alpine touring (or AT), is a form of backcountry skiing (off-piste skiing) involving trekking from place to place in the wilderness, that has parallels with hiking, backpacking and Alpine climbing or mountaineering.
Ski touring can be faster and easier than summer hiking in some terrain and some conditions (like on talus slopes, for instance), allowing for traverses and ascents that in some ways would be harder in the summer.
Skiing along prepared tracks on golf courses or in city, county or state parks is generally referred to as cross-country skiing rather than ski touring; the distinction is subtle with the essential difference being that the decision where to ski is predetermined by the track setters.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ski_touring   (2531 words)

 Alpine Ski Touring Information for Australians
Ski touring using skins for assent and on the downhill using downhill skiing technique on Alpine type skis.
Alpine touring is suited to steep mountains where is a long steep climb on skins, the skins are removed and a long continuous downhill return is skied.
The standard alpine touring equipment is a very light all terrain mountaineering ski which traditionally had a hole in the tip which mountaineer's used to haul the ski up steep slopes after them.
www.kiewaview.com /Ocker/alpinetour.htm   (1186 words)

 CT DEP: State Parks and Forests - Winter Activities - Ski Touring
(We use the term "ski touring" since our trail tracks are not machine-set nor groomed.) One of the oldest winter activities known to man, ski touring has enjoyed an enthusiastic revival and new growth in Connecticut during the past few years.
Important to your safety are the ski touring signs with the red "do not enter" slash.
Don't ski alone and be sure to notify friends or relatives of where you'll be.
dep.state.ct.us /stateparks/recinfo/skitour.htm   (801 words)

 Ski Touring
Ski touring offers the adventurous skier a way of expanding their horizons to areas away from the madhouse environment of the average ski resort.
The ski bindings are a dual purpose thing that allow the heel to be free for the flat and uphill as in a Telemark or Langlauf ski.
Both on and off piste my skiing is just good enough to make the most of what is a brilliant way to enjoy the mountains.
ourworld.compuserve.com /homepages/vinsandys/skitour.htm   (894 words)

 Ski Touring   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Ski touring (sometimes called ski de randonnée, ski mountaineering, and AT [alpine touring] or variants) uses special ski equipment that enables the user to climb then descend slopes without the aid of ski lifts.
Touring skis are durable to cope with a range of conditions.
Touring skis sacrifice downhill performance and the lightest may require considerable skill on behalf of the user.
pistehors.com /backcountry/wiki/Gear/Ski-Touring   (559 words)

 Edinburgh Ski Touring Club   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Ski touring and back-country ski-ing have grown in popularity in recent years as people have come to appreciate the beauty of the hills in winter and the solitude and unspoiled vistas that open up away from the piste.
Control of skis for downhill work is determined by the bindings and boots which join the skier to their skis and the metal edges of the skis which allow them to turn and brake on ice and hard packed snow.
In either case the camber of the ski ensures that the grippy part of the ski is in contact with the snow when climbing or crossing the flat, the weight of the skier is pushed down on one ski and off the other which is pushed gliding forward.
www.ednordic.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk /styles.html   (2110 words)

 Ski binding - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In skiing, a ski binding is an attachment which anchors the ski boot to the ski.
Unless telemark skis are being used, for Alpine ski touring, a special ski binding is used that allows the heel to be clipped down to the ski when skiing downhill, but which allows it to be released when climbing.
Spruce Ski created a riser which adapts between the standard 4 cm by 4 cm four-hole skiboard binding and standard ski bindings; furthermore, Spruce began selling their 120cm skiboard in the 2005-06 season which are only available with their releasable setup.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ski_binding   (916 words)

 Backcountry Ski, Snowboard, Snowshoe and Yurt Tours
Cross-country skiing on flat terrain is the easiest, in regard to technique and physical conditioning, and is an excellent way to start if you are new to the sport or want to get back in shape.
Hiking in the winter on skis is similar to hiking in the mountains in the summer.
In the Tetons, yak skin is replaced by canvas and a Plexiglas sky dome covers the hole in the center, allowing light in during the day and stargazing at night.
www.skithetetons.com /faq.html   (1569 words)

 Ski touring and Snowshoeing in the Picos de Europa.
Ski touring and Snowshoeing in the Picos de Europa.
Using alpine or telemark skis (or snowboards) with skins and touring bindings we hope to climb a number of peaks over 2200m that can be descended by anyone with a strong Stem Christy technique.
Perhaps the most popular linear ski tour in the Cordillera Cantábrica (on Sundays!) The route hugs the southern skyline of the upper Camaleño valley for most of the day and affords spectacular views of the Picos to the north, particularly of the Fuente De cirque.
www.picos-accommodation.co.uk /ski-touring-picos-de-europa.htm   (1584 words)

 Chamonix Experience: Ski Touring Courses and guiding in the Alps
Chamonix can boast vast quantities of off piste skiing accessible from the lift system, but if you really want to explore the wilderness terrain and ski fresh tracks days after the last snow, then ski touring ranks alongside heliskiing for fleeing the crowds and getting away from it all.
Whereas heliskiing is determined by cost and landing restrictions, with ski touring the possibilities are only limited by how much effort you want to put in.
Ski touring is the ability to climb on skis and sometimes on foot (with crampons) to reach your destination.
www.chamex.com /c_pub/en/winter/ski_touring_courses.php   (547 words)

 Ski Touring
Skis at the other end of the spectrum have full-length metal edges and a "double camber", and are far stiffer.
Touring skis usually have a region of "fish scale" in the middle: this allows the skis to grip the snow for going up hill.
For easy touring ski boots should not be very high at the ankle, and should be fairly flexible.
www.bushwalking.org.au /FAQ/FAQ_SkiTouring.htm   (8224 words)

 Ski touring adventure in the BC Rockies
Powder ski touring lets you explore deep into the mountains, using normal downhill skis with a special binding that pivots at the toe of the boot and can lock down the heel.
Whether you're ski touring for the first time, or exploring exciting new powder ski touring or snowboarding territory, Heli Canada Adventures' exclusive ski touring and snowboarding packages are ideal.
We can also incorporate ski touring and snowboarding into a corporate incentive or teambuilding program: we look forward to working with you to customize your ski touring or snowboarding backcountry adventures.
www.helicanada.com /winter/touring.html   (738 words)

 Ski Boots at Skislopes - Salomon  Dynafit  Nordica
This is the most technologically advanced triple n backcountry ski touring boot on the market today, with the power to drive big turns on the steepest terrain and yet flexible enough for the longest of high alpine tours or backcountry use.
The Tour Lite TLT 4S is designed for the alpine touring skier who places the emphasis on skiing and touring.
The shell features a walk / ski mechanism which allows the upper shell to articulate while walking or touring, simply switch the lever to ski and it locks the upper cuff in a skiing position.
www.skislopes.net /Boots.html   (429 words)

 CROSS COUNTRY SKI AREAS ASSOCIATION   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Boots are held onto the ski by a binding system which secures the boot at the front and along the length of the boot but which allows the heel to freely move up off the ski.
Specific equipment (very similar to down hill ski equipment except the heel is free) is available although the telemark turn can be executed on cross country skis.
Includes cross country, telemark, ski touring, biathlon (cross country skiing and target shooting), and ski jumping (also called ski flying).
www.xcski.org /about_xc_skiing/about_xc_dictionary.shtml   (373 words)

 Nordic and Cross Country Ski Guidebooks
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing, Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley (1998) by Warren Ohlrich
Ski Tours in the Sierra Nevada: Lake Tahoe (1995) by Marcus Libkind.
Each tour is rated for distance, time, and difficulty, and has a detailed description, with a topo map of the area.
www.ski.drydog.com /bookstore   (1563 words)

 Tahoe ski touring.html
This tour should be of considerable historical interest, since it takes you to the spot from which John Fremont became the first white man to see Lake Tahoe, 15 miles north, during his winter crossing of the Sierras on foot in February 1844.
Ski south past Frog Lake for about 2.0 miles to Winnemucca Lake Ascend east to a pass at 9400' between Winnemucca Lake and Round Top Lake, then descend 1200' heading north or northeast to Woods Lake, where there is a roadhead on a spur road off Highway 88.
Ski in away from the Lake heading south along an access road (not plowed in winter) to a small campground area.
www.stanford.edu /~siegman/tahoe_ski_touring.html   (8738 words)

 Woodstock Ski Touring Center - Resort Information :: Vermont Ski Area Association
Just out from the ski center are 10 km of gentle “meadow” skiing that connect to our fitness center and the 20 km of woodland trails on Mt. Peg.
Skiing or snowshoeing Mt. Tom puts you on century old carriage roads in the midst of Vermont’s first tree farm and Vermont’s first National Park site.
The skiing, and all else that Woodstock offers, should delight in pleasant memories and a desire to return again and again.
www.skivermont.com /crosscountry/resort/woodstock   (179 words)

 Ski touring in the Caucasus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
There is a possibility for another tour with the help of the Cheget ski lift system (if we have enough energy), otherwise a day of rest is possible.
The skiing is demanding and familiarity with ski-touring essential.
Your leader will hold a briefing prior to the start of the skiing to go through the itinerary and to check any other relevant matter such as equipment.
www.geographicbureau.com /Caucasus/Russia/ski_tours.htm   (964 words)

 Ski Touring - Alternatif Outdoor Specialists
Special ski equipment is used that allows you to climb slopes on you skis, as well as skiing down them.
For those without ski touring equipment, its the perfect way to go hiking in the snow.
Tours start from the mountain village of Agla, from where there are wonderful views over Köycegiz Lake.
www.alternatifoutdoor.com /act-skimountaineering.asp   (361 words)

 PATC -- About the PATC Ski Touring Section   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
PATC/Ski Touring Section is a non-profit, educational and recreational group of cross-country (XC) skiing enthusiasts which is based in the Maryland, DC, Virginia, PA and West Virginia areas.
We sponsor weekend ski trips for all levels of skiers to the nearest snow belt areas: the mountains of Western Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
If you desire XC ski lessons, professional instruction for a fee (and rental skis) is available at touring centers we visit on our WV and Crystal Lake trips.
www.patc.net /chapters/ski/about.htm   (692 words)

 Ski Touring - Alternatif Outdoor Specialists
Special ski equipment is used that allows you to climb slopes on you skis, as well as skiing down them.
For those without ski touring equipment, its the perfect way to go hiking in the snow.
Tours start from the mountain village of Agla, from where there are wonderful views over Köycegiz Lake.
www.alternatifraft.com /act-skimountaineering.asp   (361 words)

 North Stars Ski Touring Club Our Passion Is Skiing
The 1000-member North Star Ski Touring Club is the largest ski touring club in the lower 48.
If they can get pledges for that amount, they will finalize their plans for the ski operation (some 120 k of trail) and the lodge and collect on the pledges on August 31.
Ski Norway March 2008 3/1-3/9, 2008, Hardangervidda National Park.
www.north-stars.org   (600 words)

 Ortler Ski Touring
This tour is comparable in difficulty to the Classic Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route, and those who have enjoyed that tour should be well suited to this one.
A fine alternative is a fun tour up to the 2279 meter high Col Pale Rosse, under the steep south face of the Zebru, which offeres a long, satisfying ski descent.
The reason that skiing skills must be at an advanced to expert level has more to do with the conservation and expenditure of energy over a long day than the absolute technical difficulty of the skiing.
www.cosleyhouston.com /alps-ski-ortler.htm   (1423 words)

 Elbrus ski touring and ascent
Ski-mountaineering involves tough down-hill skiing in a variety of snow conditions, so high-quality ski-mountaineering boots are important; Dyna Fit are good, they have vibram type soles for walking uphill, will take crampons and the high ankle support may be released for walking or skinning up hill.
Warm Clothing: It can be extremely cold on the mountain; a good, full ski suit is useful but it should be possible to zip open as it can become very warm on uphill sections.
Breaches and normal mountain clothes may be worn instead of a ski suit but these should be close-fitting if snow is not to penetrate through them - this is a poor alternative.
www.ewpnet.com /skielbrus.htm   (1224 words)

 Morse Farm Ski Touring Center
I even made a new friend skiing with another woman who was also skiing alone one quiet morning...
The trails were beautifully groomed, service excellent in ORS ski room and upstairs, and the hot food just what we needed to warm us up on those zero and below days.
I say this as a ski fanatic, but also knowing that a broad spectrum of people came and skied the trails...
www.skimorsefarm.com /pages/whyskimorse.php   (697 words)

 Ski touring
Be aware that all the highland roads are closed to ordinary cars in the winter and spring.
Some companies offer tours in specially adapted jeeps that can be driven on snow.
For those who have not tried it before, these jeep tours are also great fun.
www.outdoors.is /ski-touring   (417 words)

 Ski touring - Snowlife
When you're ski touring, you really need to know the hazards – as well as how to deal with them should the worst happen.
You won't need special skis, but you will need touring bindings that's because your heel heeds to be fixed for downhill, but free for going uphill.
They simply attach to the bottom of your skis, and allow you to tackle the steepest of slopes – as long as the snow isn't too icy.
www.snowlife.org.uk /something-different/ski-touring.asp   (437 words)

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