Bad skiing is part of the backcountry experience, you bring your skis when you’re hoping for decent skiing conditions, sometimes it doesn’t happen.
I was wondering if anyone had words of wisdom regarding how to decide when to bring skis on and climb and whether not to use them.
I summitted Mt Hood today and performed a ski descent. The upper half of the climb (above The ski lift for those familiar) was super iced over, to the point of which I couldn’t even skin. I therefore climbed to the summit with the skis on my pack. On the way down it was so icy and irregular that linking turns was essentially impossible. While faster than walking it was extremely uncomfortable and not really that much fun. I delayed my start so that the sun could warm the snow but it was a bit cloudy and that is never happened. I would’ve probably been better off leaving the skis at home.
I was wondering if other people encounter this situation and how you make decisions regarding when to ski and even whether or not to bring skis.
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