Ski touring is an increasingly popular activity (it is in fact three times as popular as in the 1990s) ideal for enjoying the countryside to the fullest, right at the heart of nature and far away from the crowds on the slopes and the ski lifts. This discipline continues to benefit from the numerous advancements made by manufacturers, who are always coming up with more lightweight and versatile equipment. Be aware, though, that this sport is more physically-demanding than alpine skiing, so a certain level of fitness is required! After putting on climbing skins usually made from seal skin, ski tourers set off to brave several hours of climbing, making 'switchbacks' along the way, a technique for changing direction. A piece of advice: avoid the clothing usually worn for alpine skiing, such as the usual fleeces and down jackets, otherwise you'll end up getting very hot and sweaty very quickly! Just take an extra layer in your backpack as you're likely to need it when you reach the summit and start heading back down the mountain. In the space of 15 minutes, you'll actually hurtle down what just took you 3 hours to climb! What's more, try to take advantage of the surroundings rather than down at your skis all the time, and avoid stopping for long periods of time as this makes it even harder to set off again: take 3 minutes to catch your breath, have a quick drink of water and take a photo, but anymore than 15 minutes and you'll start to get cold and lose your pace. Thanks to their location in the French Prealps, the Chartreuse Mountains, classified as a regional nature park, are the ideal terrain for indulging in this sport, thanks to the superb medium-altitude setting they provide, for the most part blanketed in snow and heavily covered with forests of fir trees and spruces. Note: before heading off on a ski touring trip, it is essential that you make sure you have an avalanche transceiver , a shovel and a ski probe with you, and that you check the avalanche forecast.
Beware though, this sport is more physical than alpine skiing, you need to be in good shape!© RaidLight / Vertical
Dressed in thermals you will part on an uphill expedition for several hours.© Nicolas PELE / EASYVOYAGE
The area of Chartreuse, a listed Regional Nature Park, offers a perfect playground to indulge in this sport, with its stunning mountain scenery, between fir and spruce trees.© RaudLight / Vertical
Be aware: It is essential to have an AVD (avalanche victim detector),shovel and probe and consult the weather forecast before you depart!© RaudLight / Vertical
You will heat up and sweat a lot when cross-country skiing but bring an extra layer in you backpack for when you reach the summit and descend the mountain.© RaidLight / Vertical