Are you a ski lover looking for a new adventure? Ski mountaineering is the activity you are looking for! You will have the opportunity to experience a new discipline without leaving your skis, sliding along the snowy slopes of the mountains of Friuli – Venezia Giulia, exploring silent places and furrowing the fresh snow. For the more adventurous, the night excursion is ideal: surrounded by a dome of stars you will feel like you are in an enchanted place.
Now that you have chosen your business, we give you easy advice to follow to better face your adventure!
THE FIRST TIME
For the first outings it is always better to rely on a guide: it will teach you to acquire the basic techniques and to identify the most correct track to follow up and down to face the exit in complete safety. In addition, the guide will be able to identify your errors in the movements and to suggest the correct execution: the more correct is your movement, the less physical effort will be.
In addition, to practice this discipline we require a medium level of descent on skis: a correct initial setting will surely help you to more effectively deal with the exit.
WHAT DO I NEED TO WEAR?
The clothing suitable for alpine skiing is the technical one of ski mountaineering therefore basically a thermal clothing. It must be breathable and resistant and it is very important that you dress lightly uphill and wear a heavier jacket during the descent. Why? Simple: uphill you will have more effort unlike the descent which will require you much less physical effort and therefore you will feel colder.
In addition, the jacket that you will wear to cover you will not have to be bulky: you will have to keep it in your backpack during the climb so less space occupies, the less it will interfere with your movements. Even the socks should not be made of wool or fabric too often because they could cause bladders while walking. Finally, we remind you that in your backpack you will need all the safety equipment and in particular the Artva kit, probe blade. But what exactly is it? Continue reading to find out!
ARTVA, PALA, PROBE
This set consists essentially of essential self-rescue tools. The instruments are more precisely L’Arva, the shovel, the probe and are mandatory for those who face off-piste descents and ski mountaineering.
The Arva, the avalanche search apparatus or, more correctly, Artva, an avalanche swarm search apparatus, is the tool used to search for people hit by an avalanche. It basically consists of a short-range signal transceiver and no vocal functions.
The blade is the tool to remove snow when searching for a person buried by an avalanche. It must be light and able to remove very quickly even the icy snow impossible to remove with bare hands.
The probe is a long, thin, but sturdy rod, used to probe the snow mass in search of overwhelmed. The probes now are made of elements with interlocking coupling connected by an internal cord, not bulky and fast to assemble.
Now that you know the safety equipment, we will give you a little ‘curiosity about the skis you will wear during the excursion.
Ski mountaineering skis are lighter than downhill classics to facilitate the ascent and allow a fun descent. They are equipped with attacks that will allow you to free the heel to facilitate movements during the climb and even the boots are designed to facilitate walking, in fact, unlike the classic, have a rubber sole.
The sticks are then very used in this type of excursion: they facilitate the ascent and are also used downhill. The basic tools for ski mountaineering are skins. They are bands of fabric, now in synthetic material, which you will apply, thanks to the adhesive side, under the skis. They are used for the ascent because, thanks to their fibers, they allow you to slide only forward, without sliding backwards. After the climb, then, remove them, you will return to the backpack and… you will be ready to face the descent!
By following these simple directions, you will be able to face this fun activity in the best possible way.