For climbers and downhill or backcountry skiers, the rise in popularity of spandex-and-lycra clad Ski Mountaineers may be a little baffling. Why are the mountains filling up with events, races, and racers that look like a Tour de France convention got lost?
Most of us could actually learn a thing or two (or ten) from seeing how the fastest and fittest athletes tackle alpine terrain. Backcountry Magazine has recently noticed this trend and published an issue full of articles on gear, techniques, and events to help you break into the world of Ski-Mo or simply make your own climbing and skiing adventures better, faster, and safer. They highlighted our ultralight RAPID pack as a must-have item or ski tours and races, in an article full or tips and tricks.