This is my show and tell. This is me ski mountaineering in the Sierra Buttes. Don't know what ski mountaineering is? Five years ago, I didn't either.
To be brief - essentially you have a more or less normal downhill ski and boots, but the binding detatches at the heel to allow you to lift your heel and slide the ski forward, much like a cross-country ski binding. You put synthetic "skins" on the bottom of the ski with a special adhesive, and this allows you to walk uphill without sliding backwards. Pick a mountains, go for the summit, then peel off the skins, lock down the bindings and ski down.
Just a note - these aren't telemark skis! You ski down in a normal downhill fashion.
I'm not a great skier. I was enthralled with the idea of this sport for a few years, because it would allow me to go out in the backcountry during winter, and I also thought that skiing all that ungroomed powder would be really cool. Then I fell and tore a ligament in my knee two years ago, and I haven't been all that crazy about skiing since.
One of these years I will ignore my husband's disdain and try snowshoeing instead.
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Briefly, in other news - it's 12 dpo, 2 days to go. I woke up early this morning (my cat and I are going to have to have a serious talk soon) and I seriously thought about testing. I didn't do it, though. I can wait it out until Saturday morning, when I wake up at 5 am unable to sleep. Less than 24 hours to go!