After a mid-winter thaw leaves us with a crusty snowpack close to home, pasture skiing (aka field skiing or crust cruising) reminds us how simple, beautiful and fun skiing can be. It’s also a cool way to connect with the local landscape and a great excuse to enjoy a fine sunset session after a long day spent doing other things. And when we approach pastures by bicycle, or by skiing out the back door, it’s easy access to the thrill of skiing without burning gas or time in the car.
If the snow is relatively fast, waxless backcountry skis with metal edges work well. Try Voile’s Vector BC, Rossignol’s BC125s or a pair of Madshus Annums. However, for maximum pasture ripping potential, grab your longest and best-waxed skis, a pair of extendable poles (for easy climbing and extra propulsion as needed) and time for at least a few good laps. Be sure to check in with the landowner, too, before venturing onto private pastures.
Ski you out there.
-Brian and Emily
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