Question for you guys (and gals):
I want to take up skiing in the sierra this spring. I've done some easy cross country skiing and I've done a bit of really easy downhill at Squaw, Heavenly, etc. but I'm really looking for a good way to backpack and get around in the mountains in the winter and early spring. I've snowshoed around, and winter camped and backpacked, but not so much with the skis.
What is this type of skiing called? I don't want to ski down couloirs or do any of that - just getting from point A to point B. For example, I'd like to take HWY 120 from the valley up to Olmstead point or spend a week in Tuolumne in the winter.
I keep hearing about backcountry skiing, AT skiing, Randonee, telemark, etc. What are the differences, and how do I select a rig?
Thanks for answering, and any additional information or tips are appreciated...