Much of the western US is just now beginning their ski seasons, which means sore hip flexors are a common ailment all around the mountain west. Skinning technique is just as important as cardiovascular fitness for long days touring in the backcountry. Remember to keep those skis on the snow in order to maximize efficiency.

Backcountry Basics 1 from mikebromberg on Vimeo.

Sometimes it’s good to review the basics. Remember to slide the ski across the snow rather than lifting your ski with each step.

Work smarter, not harder and have more energy for another lap!

Also have a look at an earlier post on “tips for successful skinning”.