In the fall, you eagerly await the first snowfall. By October, you’ve already taken your touring skis out for your first training runs at altitude on glacier trails. You download your training data from your sports watch to check your current state of fitness and to refine your training plan. You work at getting the last ounce of performance from your gear. Everything’s perfect!
You are a minimalist. Clothing is form-fitting, gear has a simple, low profile. Your race suit and training apparel allow maximum freedom of movement. Your backpack is minimal, too. A light insulating jacket, a couple of energy bars and an isotonic drink are all you need – you won’t be stopping to have lunch at the summit. Ripping your skins takes seconds, and you’re back in downhill mode. Weight is the prime factor in determining which skis, boots and bindings you use. Seconds count. Carbon fiber is your material of choice. The downhill is only a means to an end, the shortest distance to the next climb. You think in vertical feet gained.