You can't walk a path if you
haven't become that path yourself.
In contrast to freeriding, where lifts are often used for ascent and only short distances are covered on foot to reach untracked slopes, goals are achieved purely through muscle power when ski touring. Ski touring is quite likely the oldest ski discipline, ever. As early as 1521, the Swedish nobleman Gustav Eriksson Wasa used skis to successfully evade his pursuers, soldiers of the Danish king. Ski touring combines the strenuous slowness of the ascent, which provides time for contemplation, with the well-deserved thrill of a downhill rush. It is always possible to discover and explore untouched landscapes with touring skis. The equipment becomes wings, transporting the winter climber into unknown lands, where innumerable vistas become possible, from looking out over the snow-covered slopes to the sea or onto a desert landscape. Nowhere is the experience of opposites or contrasts as evident or intense as when ascending and descending with touring skis.
IMPRESSIONS FROM THE SKI TOURING ADVENTURES