Lofoten, Norway

The Big G - Geitgallien, Lofoten.
Otherwise known as couloirtown.
Photo: Chris Wright

Chamonix, France

Dropping in from the Grands Montets
on the first run of the Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route.
Photo: Chris Wright

Hatcher Pass, Alaska

Turns out what they say about Alaska
is true. Chris getting lost in a deep day
touring at Hatcher Pass.

Lofoten, Norway

Afternoon commute. Sometimes to ski
to the sea you have to walk around a
fjord or two.
Photo: Chris Wright

Rogers Pass, British Columbia

Four hundred kilometers of wild mountains
and a highway goes through it. Quite possibly
the best human powered touring venue in the world.
Photo: Chris Wright

Lofoten, Norway

Snow, sea, powder, and nobody there
- Lofoten in a nutshell.
Photo: Chris Wright

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Skiing is pure fun. Ephemeral, high up, powder, moving for pleasure – the best.

Like skiing untracked powder? Like skiing the steeps? Like skiing in summer? Like the idea of skiing down a mountain better than the idea of walking down it? If you answered yes to these questions, then backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering are for you. Now!Climbing is currently offering ski trips in two destinations that couldn’t be more different. The San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado offer some of the most incredible untapped powder anywhere in the United States. With everything from steep chutes to mellow trees and wide-open bowls, the San Juans are a playground for the backcountry skier. Whether you’re just getting into the backcountry and looking to learn the nuts and bolts of skinning and backcountry technique, or want to go out and shred some Colorado cold smoke, the San Juans are the spot. And with an extensive network of ski huts all over the range, the possibilities for multi-day tours abound.

For those looking to climb up and ski down to the fjords in one of the most mind-blowingly beautiful and unique places on earth, Norway’s Lofoten islands are Valhalla. With few people and a plethora of classic descents, they’re a great place to make turns far away from lifts, helicopters, crowds, and distractions.