Upward Bound: Climbing a mountain on skis before descending — also known as randonnee skiing or Alpine touring — gains converts in Maine | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Upward Bound | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.


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SKINS, originally made of animal skins, are affixed to the skis with a sticky substance.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.



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.


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.

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