A little knowledge goes a long way, and when it comes to the fitness level and safety skills required for skimo this is even more so the case. So to help you prepare and get pumped for this pow season, we put together six of our most important and helpful articles with tips galore about how to train, follow a safe track and deal with avalanche danger.
Scroll down now and soak up the know-how.
In this article, pro mountain guide and outdoor educator Mark Smiley lays out all small tasks you need to do before commencing your skimo season. Once you’ve read it, check out Mark’s Mountain Sense online courses, including his Comprehensive Guide to Avalanche Safety.
In this one, Mark Smiley continues dispensing oodles of backcountry wisdom. Having awesome skimo adventures is all about preparation and being open to learning how to improve. Small things, like finding the right adventure buddy, managing your pack weight and more, are the building blocks to rewarding and safe days in the mountains.
It’s not speed for speed’s sake. Getting faster in the mountains isn’t about chasing adrenalin; when you’re fitter, and faster it’s easier to enjoy trips that take less time and therefore safer. In this article, sports scientist and skimo coach Susi Kraft lays out a training plan to help you improve your pace out there.
Up above the treeline and exposed to cold and weather, you need to keep a close eye on the weather. This article shares eight ways your Suunto watch can help you track it, from storm, sunset and sunrise alarms through to awesome partners like MyRadar.
What are the signs of a good track up a mountain, and what are the warning signs to watch out for that signal to stay clear of a particular line? Mark Smiley explains what to look out for and how to use your Suunto watch and other tech to find and follow a safe track.
Freerider and the man behind the Arctic Lines project, Suunto ambassador Antti Autti explains how he navigates in the mountains when he is out on one of his epic adventures above the Arctic Circle. Safety is a key value in everything he does so he has an established process to keep his trips safe for him and his team.
Lead image by Jaakko Posti