If you’ve ever considered following these mysterious trails of snowy footprints that wander beyond the piste, then perhaps it’s about time you acquired the know-how in order to take the next step in your freeride career. Those hike and ride hustlers know where to find the goods, and with a bit of research you could beat them to it.
But why bother going further up, when you can easily access off piste terrain from the top of the chairlift? Some might argue you’ve got to earn those turns, and they’ll feel that much sweeter. For others, simply standing on the true summit of a mountain, with an alpine vista all around, is more than worth the effort. Whatever your motivation, you’re guaranteed to escape the crowds, bag a longer descent, discover a little slice of wilderness and hopefully find some fresh powder snow ripe for the taking.
If that sounds like your kind of day, read on… You’re going to need to brush up on your backcountry skills: