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.