Just to show I’m not a total wimp, who only skies lift-served terrain, here’s our trip into Saints John. My dog, an Entlebucher Sennenhund, is sitting on my skis so she won’t be buried under the snow!
Breaking trail in deep powder.
A friend wanted to back country ski, so I pulled out my (very old) Kästle lightweight skis (with metal edges!) from 1980 or so, slapped on a coat of wax, and we headed up to Sts. John. The skis are extremely narrow compared to any modern ski, which works well on an icy trail, since they are very light, and climb quickly.
It works less well in deep snow - they sink.
I’ve got my old Alfa leather boots, which are also light, so climbing proves quite pleasant. Descending is fine on the same icy roads, since they go straight quite quickly.
However, I can’t turn them. Someone else may be able to, or maybe with other boots. I’ll take a photo of the skis to show how little they are.
Still, we got out. I skied the Commando Run, from Vail Pass to Vail in these, about 20 years ago. They still work, just not as well as modern gear.