By: K. Aleisha Fetters
A combination of skiing, cross-country, and climbing every stair in the Empire State Building, skinning is a sport that's on the up-and-up-literally. In skinning, you have to ski up the slope before you can shred downhill.
Why would you ever do such a thing, you ask? In the olden days, it was the only way to get up the mountain. In fact, the name skinning comes from the sealskins people used to attach to the bottom of their skis to give them more traction. (Perhaps it's also the reason why some people prefer to call it ski mountaineering, ski randonnée, or alpine touring.)
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Fast-forward to present day. While ski lifts are your easy ticket up the mountain, skinning offers an invigorating (and ass-kicking) workout. To skin, you wear alpine touring (AT) equipment, which looks a lot like traditional alpine gear with a few key differences. First, the boots allow for more range of motion up the hill and have aRead More »from The Best End of Ski Season Workout: Skinning