There is something very satisfying about putting the skins on the skis at the roadside, and touring up into the mountains away from the resort. It’s traditional, pure, or whatever you want to call it. You have to “earn your turns”, find the way and plan the route for the day.

Tim and Elkie are well into this type of touring, and don’t mind a good bit of vertical gained. In fact, I think they enjoy the up as much as the down!

We headed to the Col next to the Bel Oiseau in Switzerland, a stiff 1200m ascent from the car. The snow was pretty good and protected from the wind, and we made the decision to hop over a small col on the lower ridge to access the adjacent valley. This gave a fantastic descent that had only four other ski tracks on it, and was so good we put the skins back on to climb back up the neighbouring slopes for another go.

Ski Touring trip - Bel Oiseau

Ski Touring trip - Bel Oiseau

Ski Touring trip - Bel Oiseau

Ski Touring trip - Bel Oiseau

Ski Touring trip - Bel Oiseau

Ski Touring trip - Bel Oiseau

Ski Touring trip - Bel Oiseau

Ski Touring trip - Bel Oiseau