Backcountry Skiing 8,000 Meter Peak — First Woman?

Post by blogger | November 11, 2005      

It turns out Laura Bakos was not the first woman to ski an 8,000 meter peak (though she was the first North American to do so, and most likely the SECOND woman to do so). (I corrected previous blog to reflect this).

According to 8,000 meter skiing expert Mike Marolt, the first woman to ski an “eighthousander” was actually Veronique Perillat of France, who skied down Cho Oyu in 1988. And back to the subject of gear defined firsts — Perillatt skied Cho on a mono-ski. So now we have the first (or second or third) mono-ski descent of an 8,000 meter peak, along with the first tele descent, and the first descent in red boots, and the first descent with a green hat, and on and on. You get the point. I’ll give cred to the first female descent because I bow to cultural pressure in that area (even though I think it’s sexist). But I just don’t see the point of splitting hairs by defining backcountry skiing descents with type of ski gear on your feet.

Here is Mike’s blog comment:

“Wanted to let you know that Laura Bokas was the second women to ski from 8,000. And check this out; the first women to ski from 8,000 meters on Cho via a mono-ski: Veronica Perillat from France, 1988. Don’t want to take anything away from Laura; she is probably the best female athlete I have ever known [and did Cho without oxygen]. Did a ski trip to Peru with her and she is one strong and talented person. But a mono-ski from 8,000 meters deserves credit. Ha.”

Of additional interest: Here is the link to the best web list of 8,000 meter backcountry skiing descents. Notice it lists possible free-heel descents long before that of Kasha’s ski of Cho Oyu. Also note the list shows that Perillat might have skied from slightly below the summit, if so, then back to Bokas? We shall see.


Please Enjoy A Few Suggested WildSnow Posts


  Your Comments

  Recent Posts

Facebook Twitter Email Instagram Youtube


  • Blogroll & Links

  • Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information & opinion website. Lou's passion for the past 50 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about ski touring and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free ski touring news and information here.

    All material on this website is copyrighted, the name WildSnow is trademarked, permission required for reproduction (electronic or otherwise) and display on other websites. PLEASE SEE OUR COPYRIGHT and TRADEMARK INFORMATION.

    We include "affiliate sales" links with most of our blog posts. This means we receive a percentage of a sale if you click over from our site (at no cost to you). None of our affiliate commission links are direct relationships with specific gear companies or shopping carts, instead we remain removed by using a third party who manages all our affiliate sales and relationships. We also sell display "banner" advertising, in this case our relationships are closer to the companies who advertise, but our display advertising income is carefully separated financially and editorially from our blog content, over which we always maintain 100% editorial control -- we make this clear during every advertising deal we work out. Please also notice we do the occasional "sponsored" post, these are under similar financial arrangements as our banner advertising, only the banner or other type of reference to a company are included in the blog post, simply to show they provided financial support to and provide them with advertising in return. Unlike most other "sponsored content" you find on the internet, our sponsored posts are entirely under our editorial control and created by WildSnow specific writers.See our full disclosures here.

    Backcountry skiing is dangerous. You may be killed or severely injured if you do any form of ski mountaineering, skimo randonnee and randonnée skiing. The information and news on this website is intended only as general information. Due to human error and passing time, the information, text and images contained within this website may be inaccurate, false, or out-of-date. By using, reading or viewing the information provided on this website, you agree to absolve the owners of Wild Snow as well as content contributors of any liability for injuries or losses incurred while using such information. Furthermore, you agree to use any of this website's information, maps, photos, or binding mounting instructions templates at your own risk, and waive Wild Snow owners and contributors of liability for use of said items for ski touring or any other use.

    Switch To Mobile Version