Choose the statement that best describes your outdoor demeanor:
- I take my time and absorb every sight, sound, and smell.
- I generally stick to the trail, but occasionally I’ll climb a tree or scale a cliff just because it’s there.
- Give me speed! Going faster lets me see more and have more fun.
Choose the statement that best describes your skiing experience:
- What skiing experience?
- I’ve been cross-country (on groomed trails) or alpine (downhill) skiing a few times on rented or borrowed gear.
- I’ve been an avid alpine skier since elementary school.
Most of your winter travel will take place:
- In heavily wooded areas, below treeline.
- In mountainous terrain that includes open woods, bowls, and lots of ups and downs.
- A combination of A and B.
Choose the statement that best describes your athletic ability:
- Carrying a backpack is challenge enough.
- I’m coordinated, but I’m no Michael Jordan.
- I can become competent at any sport in a matter of hours.
How much patience do you have for learning new skills?
- I want to just get up and go. Floundering is not for me.
- I’ll hang in there until I’m too wet or people are laughing.
- My motto is “Never say die.”
How much money are you willing to invest?
- My backpack was new in 1943.
- $300 is probably my limit.
- What’s money when it comes to new backcountry toys?
Scoring: 1 point for each A, 2 points for each B, and 3 points for each C.
What your score total means:
6-10: Assuming you’ve already mastered the art of walking, you’re a born snowshoer.
11-13: Take your pick because you’ll probably enjoy and excel at both skiing and snowshoeing.
14-18: Strap on a pair of boards and get ready for a face full of powder.