Ski touring is a movement in a snowy landscape, by no means just a descent downhill. In winter conditions, skis are often the only ones that provide mobility. We can’t get anywhere on foot due to the snow, and snowshoeing is slow. For a touring skier, ascent is as important as descent. The step uphill is elegant and healthy, similar to that of cross-country skiing. Both the legs and the arms are loaded, as well as the whole body. On top of that, there are no vibrations and loads on the skeleton, as in normal running. The descent can be more strenuous in demanding snow conditions, depending on how well we master the skiing technique. Poorer skiers just have to wait for the right conditions or plan a tour near the groomed ski slopes (or even on them), so that they descend into the valley on a beaten track.
Those who swear by freerides have a different imperative. For them, the descent is important, preferably as long as possible and deeper powder. If there is a rock jump in between, even better. The cable car is welcome, but the ascent on skis is also OK.