Learning to Tour

On the way up

Location: Planards
Snow: Fresh & heavy/artificial snow
Weather: Light snowfall

My old pal from Kathryn is in town for the weekend and was keen to get out for an introduction to ski touring.  Unsure of how the weather would change through the day and keen to avoid any crowds we picked the Planards area for a couple of quick skinning laps close to home at low elevation.  Not the most exciting descents but a good choice I think; all we needed as an introduction to how the touring gear all works and Kathryn managed some impressively quick changeovers from skinning to skiing and vice-versa, definitely something any future touring partners will appreciate!

Snow for the descent was a bit heavy with some firm areas of artificial snow, but cover was very good.  More snow incoming tomorrow.

Tricky heavy snow on the descent

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