Ski touring is ideal for exploring the mountains off the beaten track, away from the crowds and the lifts. It's a clever mix of cross-country skiing up and down the mountain. This experience in the heart of nature will take you through breathtaking scenery and sometimes even a few wild animals.
Whether you are off-piste or on marked trails, safety equipment is essential, including an avalanche beacon, probe and shovel. It is also possible to have ski trousers or a jacket with RECO technology. When you go out, be sure to check the weather conditions and the avalanche risk with the Avalanche Risk Assessment Bulletin (BRA).
Ski touring is an endurance sport and requires year-round cardio activity to maintain good physical condition. Before taking up this sport, it is recommended that you have a solid grounding in skiing to be able to manage both the ascent and descent.
In terms of equipment, the bindings are not the same as those for alpine skiing, as the foot is detached from the ski when climbing. The boots are also different and much lighter. Good poles are essential to keep your balance. If you are an expert, ice axes and crampons are a must. It is important not to overdress for the ascent and to take a windbreaker and a down jacket for the descent. Take a small snack and water and remember to remove your skins before descending.