skeirmanKinda depends on the level you're gonna get into and the area you're in. For the most part, the down sucks the majority of the time. Shitty conditions a lot, if not most, of the time, with smoked legs. You have to enjoy the whole process of the up with your buddies, including getting up terribly early. So, you need buddies that are into it. You also need avy gear and at least an AVY 1 course.
After doing a lot of touring and getting into some really technical stuff, anymore I just have no stoke for the process. Much rather ride a lift. But fuck, I'm glad I got into it, looking back. It's a great experience, with the right people. I hit a situation the year before last where I thought...man one wrong move right now and I'm going to die - why the actual fuck am I out here? Looking back now, I'm glad I had that experience, but I wouldn't want it again. If that makes sense.
But if you're going to stick to lower angle or below tree line type stuff, its a whole different scene and can also be a lot of fun if you like hiking and just being out there. If you have the itch just get after it. But be smart, get the training and know how to use gear. Too many stupid asses out there not even knowing WTF they're doing.
This is completely unlike my experience touring around Alberta/BC and Hokkaido. 9/10 days I tour I'm making untracked pow turns, or spring corn. Never felt particularly in danger either, including some long day tours into big terrain in rogers pass.
If the snow is shit, I go ski park. If the avvy danger is high, I go ski resort or low angle trees.
Never had an issue with tired legs either, even on overnight tours on MFD plates with metal pivots, which is a heavier setup than dukes.
Smoking weed when you're touring helps a lot to really mellow out the uptrack and help you appreciate just being out there.
Usually don't wake up early either. On an average day we probably start touring at 9 or 10. Sometimes get up really early. Getting up super early to ski isn't a big deal anyways. If you can stay up till 8am partying and go skiing you can wake up at 5am to ski pow.
I'm moderately athletic and enjoy hiking, but I'm also not an endurance athlete or a hardcore outdoorsman either.
If you have any inclination to be in the outdoors whatsoever, and love skiing, then touring is a no brainer.