What is it?
Alpine Touring is ‘downhill’ skiing away from the resorts and requires no learning of the ‘telemark’ turn. The special binding on the skis allows the heel to be clipped down when skiing and released to swing ‘free heel’ when climbing.
Skis are ‘generally’ the same as a downhill ski but have a different binding to allow the heel to be released.
In order to climb uphill without the use of chairlifts you need Skins, which are removable long strips of synthetic material (originally made from animal hides) and are attached to the base of the skis for uphill climbing.
We carry Black Diamond and G3 Skins.
We have a variety of skis such as K2, Black Diamond and Volkl. The bindings are either: Marker, Salomon, Diamond or Dynafit.
You can use your downhill Alpine Boots or a lighter more flexible boot that we hire which will allow for easier climbing. We also have the Dynafit boots.
Adjustable Poles are recommended so they can be longer when climbing steep terrain and adjusted down for skiing.
Where to go:
The Main Range of Australia offers numerous options. Many people will take the Kosciuszko Express chairlift out of Thredbo for easy accessibility to the Main Range where there are great options to find beautiful bowls to ski.