Everything you need to get started with...ski touring!

Ski touring has been a growing sport in recent years. After a season marked by the coronavirus, do you too want to start practising?
We give you all the tips you need to get started with confidence.

THE BASICS OF SKI TOURING FOR BEGINNERS

bindings 

Ski touring bindings have absolutely nothing to do with alpine ski bindings.
Unlike these, the heel must be mobile to allow movement of the foot when climbing. On the way down, a locking system allows you to block the heel to get the feeling of sliding like an alpine ski.

Ski skins

Ski touring skins, sometimes also called seal skins, are the essential element to practice. Once glued to the bottom of the ski, they provide the necessary grip when climbing and prevent the skis from sliding backwards. However, it is important to slide them efficiently to avoid unnecessary fatigue on the way up.

A LITTLE TECHNIQUE

Contrary to popular belief, ski touring is not a very technical sport. Although obviously it requires a certain physical condition, the techniques to practice are quite basic. Above all, it is necessary to know how to ski, preferably in all snow if you venture far from the marked trails.
When the slope becomes steep, it may be necessary to convert. This will allow you to “lace up” and thus avoid climbing the slope head on. Although the gesture requires a certain technique, it will allow you to take on the slope gently and thus avoid tiring yourself.

Everything you need to get started with...ski touring!

HOW TO DRESS

Ski touring is a demanding activity. Combining moments of effort on the way up as well as moments of speed on the way down, it is important to be vigilant in the choice of clothing to avoid “too hot, too cold”, etc.  

THE BASICS OF SKI TOURING FOR BEGINNERS
THE BASICS OF SKI TOURING FOR BEGINNERS

HOW TO START SAFELY

If you are new to ski touring, be extremely careful where you go. The slopes of ski areas are clearly not suitable for ski touring. You may find yourself facing skiers at full speed who are not expecting to find you there.
Similarly, if you are not trained in mountain safety, do not venture outside the ski areas. These outings off the beaten track are not without risks and require knowledge and a precise analysis of the snow cover, or even the accompaniment of a professional for the most inexperienced.

But how?

To allow you to discover ski touring safely, ski resorts have developed safe marked out areas near to the ski areas. In these areas, there is no risk of encountering a skier in the middle of a descent. These areas are also maintained by the slope services and the risk of avalanche is very limited (although of course there is no such thing as zero risk in the mountains). To help you, we have referenced nearly 200 marked routes in the resort on the ZoneFreeski.com website

Everything you need to get started with...ski touring!

Cedric Piatek

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