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BMC'S 7 ESSENTIAL SKI TOURING SKILLS


Want to learn the most essential off-piste skills? Or perhaps you just need a quick refresher before your trip? Our partners at the BMC have created a handy little series of short videos demonstrating a number of crucial backcountry skills. Get skilled up, be safe, and get out there!

1. What to pack for heading into the backcountry

Do you know the indispensable items to pack when going off-piste? Avalanche rescue kit is in there, of course: a shovel, probe and transceiver. But what else do you need? These few things, plus any technical gear for your specific trip, will put you in a great position for the mountains, and could potentially save your life.

2. How to transition from skinning to bootpacking

When skiing off-piste, there are times when the terrain becomes so steep that you will need to transition from skinning to bootpacking. Here are some tips to help improve speed and efficiency. 

3. Baton Ramasse: side stepping on steep slopes

When confronted by a tricky piece of terrain without immediate access to your ice axe, Baton Ramasse is a useful French technique using ski poles to stabilise yourself. 

4. Putting skis on on steep slopes

Putting your skis on and taking them off on steep terrain may sound fairly simple in theory, but when you've got tired legs, and a no-fall zone beneath you, then the proper technique really comes in handy. External factors such as the weather and snowpack conditions can make these tasks more challenging, too.

5. How to build a T-Slot or Deadman Anchor

Rescue techniques are really important when travelling in terrain with imminent danger such as crevasses and cliffs. A good T-Slot anchor will provide a secure point to take the weight of people involved in a rescue situation.

6. Rigging for an abseil

Having good abseiling technique can help minimise the risks. Make sure you test the system is locking before unclipping from the anchor.

7. How to make a Z-Pulley system

Being able to set up a Z-Pulley system using standard crevasse rescue equipment is an important technique to learn so you can efficiently help to rescue someone from above. 

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) works to represent climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers, including ski-mountaineers. BMC members benefit from 15% discount at Snow+Rock.

 

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