What is ski touring?
Ski touring combines the pleasures of skiing with the joys of hiking in the heart of nature.
On the way up, it's very close to cross-country skiing. On the way down, it's almost downhill skiing.
Walks in the forest, walks on groomed trails or raids lasting several days with the scent of adventure, there is something for all motivations and all levels.
You just have to take the plunge and try.
Ski touring requires specific equipment:
- Skis equipped with bindings whose heel can be released on the way up to facilitate walking and lock down on the way down for normal skiing.
- "Sealskins". A kind of symmetrical carpet that is glued under the soles of the skis on the way up so as not to slip (and that is of course removed on the way down).
- Boots resembling alpine ski boots, but lighter and with a "walk" position that frees the ankle.
Where to go ski touring?
Off-piste skiing is practiced outside the marked trails on slopes accessible by ski lifts.
Ski touring overcomes all these limits. Anywhere there is a slope and snow, it is possible to cross-country ski, including on marked trails when local legislation allows it.
Ski touring is freedom and the future
It is a gentle and accessible sport, which does not require a good technical level to start.
Your SKI PROGRESSION instructor will precisely meet your needs by developing a program well suited to your physical and technical potential and your motivation.
Is ski touring dangerous?
You can start on a green track or on a small path in the forest, where the danger is almost non-existent.
When venturing further, the precautions to be taken are the same as for off-piste skiing. They must be all the more reinforced as one ventures into remote regions.
As with off-piste skiing, if you respect all the safety rules and have a very good experience of the discipline and the terrain, it is not a dangerous activity.
Wearing an A.R.V.A (avalanche victim search device), a folding shovel and a probe are essential safety equipment for any outing far from the slopes in winter.
SKI PROGRESSION provides this material free of charge to its customers.
There are also some completely secure marked ascent routes in the forest.
In this specific context, ski touring, in addition to the pleasure it provides, is even safer than traditional alpine skiing on congested slopes. It is an excellent activity for the health, particularly peaceful and very relaxing.
What is the minimum technical level required for ski touring?
Ski touring is not limited to long-distance, committed raids: