Our usual free-form mix of backcountry ski mountaineering tours, groomed
cross-country trails, with occasionally days of lift-served downhill skiing
(also sometimes inline-skating, bicycling, city-walking tourism). No itinerary -- each day
we drive to the kind of skiing that fits the current weather + avalanche
conditions, and us and our travel partners' current goals and desires.
style + strategy
Rely on quick information and flexibility to decrease risk and
Web access to get info to plan next day.
Car to drive to the best skiing (or non-skiing) each day.
Sleep in valley most nights -- for quick access to Web +
Not go out for ski touring at all on days which don't look
safe or fun. Do something else instead (e.g. skating on groomed ski
trails, downhill at lift-served resorts).
Responsibility: You take full responsibility for
managing your risks + dangers + health, for your ski tour planning +
navigation + decisions, for your equipment + clothing + skiing capabilities
-- and for your own fun.
Car: You have your own car, if we're going to try to
do tours together for several days. (For a single day, might be able to
share my car.)
pace + skill
Sharon + Ken ski tours: Climbing rate 225 meters (700
ft) per hour including rests. Total climbing usually around 600-1000
meters (2000-3300 ft). Steepness usually 20-25 degrees in forest
terrain, or 25-30 degrees on open slopes.
Ken + friends ski tours: Climbing rate 300+ meters (1000 ft) per hour
(sometimes could be 350 m/hr). Total climbing usually around 1000-1800
vertical meters (3300-6000 ft), but sometimes 2400m or more. Steepness
usually around 25-30 degrees in forest terrain, or around 35 degrees on open
slopes, occasionally 40 degrees.