So, I don’t think this question has been asked in this specific direction yet (I couldn’t find anything about it). I’ve seen questions about running as an alternative training for skimo (especially in the summer, of course) but… how about the opposite?
I train for ultra races in the summer (I am very amateur at best but want to be prepared) but I LOVE skitouring (and am also getting into a bit speedier skimo-style stuff, my non-freeride-touring fast setup is almost ready) in the winter… Well, anytime there is some snow which is not necessarily only in the winter. However I’ve got no real desire to compete in skimo races for now. I just love being out in the mountains.
So, this begs the question: can “skimo” be a good replacement/alternative training to trail running? And if used this way, what would be some key points to consider as to how much vert a regular ski training should have (like, if I know a run would be an hour long, should a corresponding ski training also be about an hour of skinning uphill?)
Of course I know it’s not going to be perfect and it will likely leave me with a lower possible performance come summer races than if I would just be running. But I am also enjoying how much easier skinning is on the joints and my body likes it more these days.
Yeah, so any input on this would be nice because I am kind of just rummaging around in the dark now (but I am measuring my HR on skitours to keep it below AeT at least).