TIM­ING IS EV­ERY­THING

Backpacker - - CHEAT SHEET -

Travel is eas­i­est on firm, but not rock-hard, snow. In win­ter, wait for the sun to soften icy spots. In spring, start early be­fore slopes turn to slush. “Noth­ing drains ef­fi­ciency like soft, punchy snow,” Fowler says.

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