Spring had arrived in the southern hemisphere, and I was joining 22 of the best ski guides in the world for an expedition that would include 100 clients.
There are great ski mountaineering classes offered throughout the West.
Good mountaineering schools have the newest and best equipment for rental.
Since you're trying something new—skinning or climbing with crampons and an ice axe—you'll need to be in great shape to handle exercise at high altitude.
Before getting involved in the sport, be sure to dial in your backcountry avalanche skills.