I've made a point of commenting on a lot of ski gear recently and how skis can be better used in the mountains as tools for transportation.
The obvious over lap between skiing and climbing has some history to it. One exceptional look at that history is the movie "STEEP!"
"It started in the 1970s in the mountains above Chamonix, France, where skiers began to attempt ski descents so extreme that they appeared almost suicidal. Men like Anselme Baud and Patrick Vallencant were inspired by the challenge of skiing where no one thought to ski before. Now, two generations later, some of the world's greatest skiers pursue a sport where the prize is not winning, but simply experiencing the exhilaration of skiing and exploring big, wild, remote mountains."