Back at home in North America, Kikkan’s most joyful spring skiing was found off-trail, too. Specifically on crust. “When you get the crust that freezes, it opens you up to being able to access the terrain you couldn’t normally,” she explains. “I love the feeling of gliding along that fast hard snow, usually on a bright sunny day. It’s just awesome.”
She also finds plenty of time to ski with her family, especially in the backcountry. When Kikkan wants to get out into the mountains, she dons alpine touring gear and sets up her young son, Breck, in an alpine setup. “I sort of rig up a towing system so I can pull him behind me like he was being pulled up on a Poma Lift,” Kikkan Randall explains. “I call in the ‘Momma Lift.’ It’s hard work.” Their puppy Ranger—named for the Fischer freeride line—joins in the fun, too.
For Kikkan, right now, skiing means bringing the family together for outings on crust, in the mountains, or local trails. “It’s worth having a quiver of skis that gives you good options,” Kikkan declares with enthusiasm. She has her classic skis for perfect on track days, skate skis for crust cruising, and alpine touring skis when she really wants to get deeper into the mountains.
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