What is Randonee Skiing?

Alone on the Moutain

Experience the Real Backcountry

Ski randonee or ski touring as it may also be known as, is a way to get out to ski untouched powder snow or spring skiing.

You might also compare it to taking a hike in the mountains in the summer, but instead of walking down we are skiing back down.

What’s so great about randonee skiing is the experience when you get out into the untouched nature and the expectation of an unforgettable descent on the other side in some untracked powder snow.

Many might have a bit of a natural objection against having to use energy, getting up to the top of the mountain, when we have the lifts to do the same.

BUT then we would of course not be in the untouched nature or getting the untracked snow – the whole essence behind randonee skiing.

Difficulty & Equipment

Backcountry Scenery

Ski tour from Valluga over Verborgnes Kar and up over Erli Joch down to Zürs. With Marie and Thye from Denmark in beginning of March 2011.

As the slopes have different colors, likewise have the different ski tours as well. So we can pick a tour that matches your experience, it’s really not that difficult once you get started.

And the joy of being out alone among the big mountains, many times outweigh the hard work.

You use a pair of skis, which can be just normal skis mounted a pair of special bindings, where the heel can either be fixed (skiing position) or not fixed (walking position).

In order to be able to walk up, you must place a couple of so-called skins below the skis, so you don’t slide back after each step.

Some choose to use their regular alpine boots, where others swear to use only special randonee boots – likes and dislikes and how far to go.

There are lots of different kinds of skis you use, ranging from custom made randonee skis over an ‘all-mountain’ ski to a ‘big-mountain’ ski.

The same with boots, where many special randonee boots these days, works really good as regular alpine boots as well.

Is it Hard?

You might be thinking, how long time do we need on the hike up, it’s ranging from 20 minutes to many hours – even a whole day. It really depends on how long a trip you want to go on and most importantly – in how good a physical shape you are.

Skiing in Fresh Powder Snow

Powder skiing down the upper part of Moos Valley, Verwall Mountain Range, Austria. Team Denmark - Feb. 2010.

In this brief description, I will not go more into depth with randonee skiing or the equipment used, but refer you to future blog posts.

Please write to me, if you are getting hooked on randonee skiing or just want to know more.

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