Zermatt offers more than 60 on-slope eateries and après joints spread over its three mountains and 153 miles of runs.
With once in a lifetime snowfall hitting this winter, and the Euro faltering, there’s never been a better time to ski the old continent.
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.
Experience develops intuition, and intuition leads you to good, safe skiing.
Some knowledge and comfort with ice climbing will make a big difference, building a feeling and love for your tools like crampons and an ice axe.
Practice this skill set often to be efficient and to save energy in your excursions.
The Axe Stash is a slick guide trick to put your axe away where it can quickly be retrieved if you feel insecure while climbing or descending.
Approach the backcountry with respect and humility, or it will provide it for you.
Always be sure to let someone know where you’re going.
Before getting involved in the sport, be sure to dial in your backcountry avalanche skills.
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Recent avalanche deaths have prompted media speculation that sidecountry and backcountry skiing is becoming increasingly dangerous. It's just not that simple.