Everything We Hate About Ski Touring—And Why We’ll Never Stop


This story originally appeared in the January 2020 (48.4) issue of POWDER.

7:40 a.m.
I should still be in bed. It’s so cold, I can’t feel my face. Can your organs get frostbite? Did I pack enough layers or enough snacks? Should I take out this extra puffy so I can carry more water? Isn’t beer mostly water?

8:15 a.m.
Okay, here we go! Look at us—up with the sun like a bunch of elite athletes using our bodies in the mountains. We are such good stewards of the earth! Why don’t we do this every morning? We are so fit!

8:23 a.m.
Oh, that’s right, I live at sea level. I can’t breathe. Can you please slow down? I feel like hot garbage.

8:40 a.m.
If I laid down right now, how long would it take me to freeze and die and put an end to this misery? No it’s fine, don’t wait for me, I’m fine.

9:01 a.m.
I’m so hot my nostrils are sweating. My organs…

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