lilcliffy wrote:You ask what gear would we use- but what gear are you skiing on these trails? Skis? Boot? Bindings?
My wife uses S-Bound 88 with NNN-BC and leather boots, and I use Atomic Rainier (88-60-78) with 3-pins and leather boots (I have cables, but since my wife has to make do without such an accessory, I don't use them out of solidarity )
A few things I realized during this recent trip:
1. All most all other skiers were on tele/ AT. There were two brothers who made it to the hut with skis narrower than ours and without skins(!) but they grew up in Norway and have been skiing such skis for all their lives. Unfortunately for XCD, one of them has decided to switch to AT (ski talks over dinner!).
2. Our skis are too long for each of us (~ 12cm longer than our respective heights), and when we tried to ski with one ski on deep-snow shoulder and other ski on the consolidated snow as a half plough, they would frequently get stuck in the shrub roots (hidden in the deep snow)
3. A major section of the trail was a logging road open to snowmobiles. So it was a mix of several ski lines, snowshoes, postholing, and snowmobile tracks, all crusty/ borderline icy. Going downhill this stretch was very tricky as our skis would not listen to our leather boots (despite applying as much strength/ pressure as possible) and steer in and out of tracks on their own. While snowploughing, instead of shredding the snow off the uneven surface, they would bounce off of these surfaces and result in a bumpy, fast, uncontrolled ride downhill. Thankfully, the weather was great and the sun made most of this road section softer, but my toes and heels were fatigued.
Wow, this indeed happened! Thanks for the tip!Telerock wrote:Note; it is usually best not to remove both skis without first checking snow depth; I have stepped off my skis into 3-4’ powder, and it can be difficult to climb back onto them.
Given all this, and referring to my gear advice thread's OP: https://www.telemarktalk.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1568&hilit=nordic+backcountry+above+treeline, may be option 2 of T4/ Excursions + short and wide skis such as Annum or even Kom would have been better?
I am also tempted by Hoks, thanks for the tip, Teleclub! To me, they seem lighter, cheaper, and easy to move around than a Kom-type ski. But I am concerned about their performance on consolidated snow.
I tried this and it worked to an extend with my skinnier-than-hoks skis. I really liked it!teleclub wrote:You may find it's more fun and maybe safer and easier to control your speed off the trail in deeper snow, than it is to rocket down the tight packed trails with minimal or no turning.
Lilcliffy, could you elaborate on this please? Do they not hold edge as well as Koms?lilcliffy wrote:Hoks are amazing XC and downhill skis- if the snow is deep and soft- I find them virtually useless on dense, consolidated snow.