Downhill and Backcountry skisDownhill and backcountry skiing each demand a unique set of equipment. Downhill skiing is often in a patrolled area and the movements are generally fluid and limber compared to backcountry skiing. Often a lift is used to get from the bottom of a slope to the top, eliminating the need for free heels.
Backcountry skiing, or touring ski, can be accommodated by touring bindings or telemark bindings. Both allow you to have a free hill on an uphill climb. As always, backcountry skiing is not for beginners and extensive education about avalanche assessment and rescue is necessary before venturing out into unpatrolled areas.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is backcountry skiing?
Backcountry skiing is often done outside a patrolled area of a ski slope. To be safe it’s best to receive additional training such as avalanche assessment, safety, and rescue, and take along some extra gear such as climbing skins.
Can I use downhill skis for backcountry skiing?
Sometimes, most use telemark or alpine touring style bindings and gear, along with taking extra training courses regarding avalanche assessment and rescue. You’re going uphill rather than downhill most of the time, and you’ll need to ski differently.
What are backcountry ski bindings and why are they different?
Bindings for backcountry skiing allow you to have a free and fixed heel. Free heels and climbing skins allow you to ascend slopes. The heel is popped back into a fixed position in the binding when attempting a downslope.