Ski mountaineering is the highest expression of freedom on snow, it is the modern interpretation of the ancient relationship between man and the mountain, based on the necessity to travel in the snow. Ascensions with skins attached to the base of the skis to make uphill progress are wearing, but the effort is worth it! Silence, uncontaminated nature and an ocean of powder snow far from the crowd are the reward for your efforts. Beginners should rely on a ski instructor or a mountain guide for their excursions as safety comes with a good knowledge of the mountain environment and with the respect for nature. The Arva (Appareil Recherche Victimes Avalanches) is compulsory in ski mountaineering.