Alpine ski touring
What does an alpine ski tour involve?
A alpine ski tour, or “radonnée,” involves ascending a mountain with the help of skis or a splitboard. Using climbing skins attached to the skis, you can walk uphill without the risk of sliding backwards. When you finally reach the summit of the mountain, you remove the climbing skins, leaving you with only a fantastic descent in (hopefully) untouched powder snow. If you haven’t done alpine ski touring before, we recommend starting with a course or guided ski tour, as there can be a risk of avalanches in some cases. You need to be confident navigating the mountain and have a good understanding of avalanches, including avalanche equipment. STF’s mountain stations offer courses for both beginners and experienced ski mountaineers.