ALSO known as Alpine touring or back-country skiing, it requires the skier to ascend the mountain by climbing with “skins” on their skis and using a special binding that frees the heel.
SKINS, originally made of animal skins, are affixed to the skis with a sticky substance. The bottom of the skin has fibers that slide forward but hold the ski in place to keep it from sliding downward.
BEFORE the descent, the skins are taken off the skis.
MAINE’S RANDONNEE RACES
SUGARLOAF HILL CLIMB
WHERE: Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley
WHEN: 5 p.m. Jan. 16
HOW MUCH: $25 before Jan. 14; $30 the day of the event
LEARN MORE: Go to www.sugarloaf.com/EventsActivities or call 237-6884.
SADDLEBACK MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE
WHERE: Saddleback Mountain, Rangeley
WHEN: 2 p.m. Feb. 12
HOW MUCH: $25 before the event; $35 the day of the race
LEARN MORE: Go to www.saddlebackmaine.com or call 864-5671.