Skiing’s Adventurous New Bent
Skis and ski gear are now as limitless as the mountains. Here’s how to make sense of all the changes.
Freeride, freeski, backcountry, nearcountry, sidecountry, out of bounds, inbounds, bootpacks, skintracks, ski mountaineering, hippie powder, uphilling, crossover, hybrid, quiver killers, … .
The language of skiing evolves with the sport, but while it can be overwhelming to keep track of the vernacular, ultimately it’s just skiing we’re talking about here. The goal is to make turns, have fun, and not crash. In this more adventurous age, that’s true if you’re riding lifts and hiking for your turns at the resort, heading out the gates for some non-avalanche controlled backcountry skiing in the easy to access sidecountry, or leaving from a trailhead for a long approach (true backcountry) that’s more reliant on climbing skins and cardiovascular fitness.
So, what’s special about this moment in time? Modern adventure skiing is more accessible and fun than ever because of the new gear. With the Peak SC line of skis, we break adventure skiing down into three main categories. Maybe one suits you. Maybe you fit in all of them. Read on to find out how to build your kit to match.