satsuma wrote:I am surprised that you are getting the advice to avoid waxless skis. If you are breaking trail, the glide isn't going to be much different with waxable or waxless skis. I don't think you have to worry about icy conditions in NE Washington, so grip is not an issue with waxless skis. It may be a liittle colder where you are skiing, but at elevation in NE Oregon, it is frequently sufficiently sunny and warm enough that temperatures will change significantly during the day, often crossing the freezing point. This could make grip waxing difficult. Using skins is OK if you have a long uphill, then a downhill, but if you are continually going up and down, than waxless skis are more convenient than skins, although grip wax is still an option.
In regards to ice, it really depends on the day. Today we had a high of 31 and all the wet stuff from earlier in the week was pretty icy. I am trying to glean what I can from all the info out there. I may end up going with the Asnes USGI Surplus skis and a set of skins. Who knows, maybe I'll end up with a waxless pair at some point as well. Right now it is trying to figure out the most economical way to get started again.