In 2011 I started my love affair with skiing while we were living on the Gaspe Peninsula. I had done some alpine skiing (downhill) as a child in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, and after a 25 year hiatus was re-introduced to the sport and discovered that winter was eminently more enjoyable with skiing as part of my life.
In the eight years since that re-introduction I have taken up three ski variations - backcountry alpine touring, backcountry cross-country and front country (or downhill, resort) alpine skiing. (I did telemark skiing for three years, and truly loved the history and aesthetic but not the thigh killing work-out.)
Skiing has transformed winter for me. I now live to ski.
This is a journal of my ski adventures from the 2019 season
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Skiing sentier Des randonneurs. Realizing that skins are necessary for this trail and carrying our skis through the most difficult terrain (this part is not difficult).
Today’s ski was to refuge le branchu and then over to refuge le mésangeai. But we were wiped out and couldn’t make it that far (we hadn’t expected to carry out skis for a few km’s) so we took a shorter route, cutting back before the second refuge. Still a great ski loop. This particular area is loaded with trails.
Back to backcountry! First ski of the season and first time using my alpine touring gear for touring and not just regular downhill skiing in 2 years! Oh it feels so good to be skinning up and skiing down through the woods. Photo credit: @toesalad