Ski touring is a multidisciplinary sport. A bit of mountaineering, a bit of skiing, a bit of alpinism. So, it absolutely feels great to have our first course participants coming from both skiing and mountaineering background. A well-matched group that already on the first trip went from basics of ski touring to elements of ski mountaineering. Here are a few snapshots from the trip.
Ski touring course curriculum
The whole course starts with an introductory session days before heading out to the mountains. That’s when we sort out the course flow, expectations and double check on the minimum requirements, i.e. fitness level and skiing level. Then we clear out the logistics and prepare the terrain for a constructive session on the snow.
In essence, the curriculum spread over 6 days spent in the mountains. Daytime is for practice and evenings in the huts are for theory. covers all aspects of ski touring. Starting with basic personal skills for ascent and descent, and introduction to ski touring gear – from usage, tips and tricks to the buying guide. The second pillar is ‘the place’: safety (own and team members), risk assessments, fundamental avalanche planning in theory and practice. The third pillar is planning your trip and combining all together to make a solid base for future ski tourers.
We cover all aspects of ski touring. We start with basic personal skills for ascent and descent, and introduction to ski touring gear – from usage, tips and tricks to the buying guide. The second pillar is ‘the place’: safety (own and team members), risk assessments, fundamental avalanche planning in theory and practice. The third pillar is planning your trip and combining it all into a holistic unit that makes a solid base for future ski tourers.
Ski touring trip
Once we’re up on the mountain, we start with basic hands-on knowledge. Setting up your gear and basic movements. Gradually and methodologically we work our way up to more advanced skills.
Briefing before heading out on the tour.
Putting up the ski touring skins.
Hands on instructions, exercises and tips.
So the day begins with practice, practice, practice.
Once we’ve all mastered the official part, there is always time for a joke.
Technique and precision are super important. Individual feedback and fine-tuning the details.
Eventually we move the focus from the skiis and technique to the surrounding zen.
…and we’ve reached our goal for the day. Saddle with views of Italian Alps.
Krešo carving his signature in the deep snow…
..and Marko S. confidently tackling the last section of the downhill.Next day, early start towards to another saddle.
On day two, we practice advancement without the skiis…
…and even do a short climb…
…to the nearby ‘window’.
…and again, some skill on the downhill.
Back in the shaded northern slope, some well preserved deep snow.
Thanks everyone for a great trip. Stay tuned for more.
*Kudos for great photos to NevenGo who tirelessly clicked as we lead the course. 🙂