Because you don't want to send a ski torpedoing down the slope getting first tracks without you.
A broken ski pole in the backcountry can be devastating. But here's an easy fix.
Setting a bootpack is as simple as hiking up hill with skis on your back, but doing it efficiently can leave you some gas in the tank for another lap.
Because it's not cool to let your skins flap around like a wet Band-Aid.