A lot of times when we ski, our goals are about the superlatives. What's the most verticle we can get in a day? What's the fastest I can get up the mountian in order to get back down the fastest? Do I need fattest skis in order to shred the deepest powder? Why do a one day traverse when I could do a four day traverse? If I'm doing that, perhaps I need the lighest bag.
This past winter was good to skiers and snowboarders in Europe so hiking in the the alpine has had to wait until late spring. The heavy and late snows have made snowshoes a better choice for high passes. Not being a fan of snowshoes, I've spent the time running to stay in shape and eagerly awaited the melt.