Ski touring, or backcountry skiing as it is known in the United States, combines aspects of both cross country and downhill skiing. This activity is hard work, often requiring you to climb mountains in climbing skins or crampons. However, the rewards are well worth it. Ski touring takes you off the beaten path and away from crowded resorts. It allows you to see nature on your own terms and enjoy unspoiled powder is some of the world’s most beautiful and remote locations. It is always best to ski tour with a certified mountain guide in order to maximize your safety and enjoyment.