Ski Mountaineering Example

Ski Mountaineering combines skiing and mountaineering.

Key things to look for:

  • Mountaineering equipment – climbing ropes, ice axe, harness, climbing protection (including ice screws), crampons
  • Skiing equipment – skis, poles


Applicable LCSH Terms


Ski Mountaineering Examples

Example Image 1: Bill Briggs and others hiking with their skis

Bill Briggs and others hiking with their skis

This image is from the Bill Briggs Photograph Collection and courtesy of the Multimedia Archives, Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah.

This photo’s description says “Bill Briggs and others hiking with their skis, probably before his 1971 ascent of Grand Teton.” Ski Mountaineering is the subject term used for this photo, because they have equipment for both skiing (skis and poles) and climbing (ropes) equipment.

Similar to scrambling, distinguishing between Ski Mountaineering, Mountaineering, Backcountry Skiing, and, can be tricky. To simplify our process, we use Ski Mountaineering when both skiing and climbing equipment are present (e.g. skis, crampons, axe, ice tools, rope, harness). Mountaineering involved traveling over snow and ice, so people usually bring ropes, harnesses, ice axes, and crampons. Finally, we use Backcountry Skiing whenever someone is skiing outside of a resort.

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