Skiing With Skins: What Goes Down the Mountain, Must First Go Up

March 16, 2015 5:00 PM

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Skiing With Skins: What Goes Down the Mountain, Must First Go Up

Using skis to go uphill is becoming a popular form of exercise, according to Steve Szoradi, managing partner of Aspen Alpine Guides. “We’re seeing more people using backcountry gear [on groomed trails] to stay fit,” he says. But what does it take to climb a mountain in skis?

You need alpine touring skis, which are lighter and more flexible than typical downhill skis, says Mr. Szoradi. Alpine skis also don’t have the metal edge of a downhill ski, which is used for turns, he says.

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