lilcliffy wrote:Welcome, treehugger!First of all- sounds like you want to XC ski- not looking for downhill performance at this point?
True. I have limited ski skills. Love touring around the local wilderness and gliding down mellow hills but the steep stuff I'll stick to a snowboard (At least for now)Secondly- what is the "powder" like- is it cold, dry very deep snow- true "Champagne" powder? Or is it moisture-rich?
We get pretty light powder in large amounts during major storms. We get a lot of sunshine which can condense with loose surface. Conditions vary greatly depending on altitude.Also- you mention considering the "Rossi 76"- not familiar with that ski...do you have specs or a link to a description of it?
Typo: Asnes Rosi 76 (108/76/98) Nice proportions.
You mention that Fischer's BC-Nordic skis are locally available- do they have the S-Bound 112 or 125 in stock? Is there any chance you could actually try them out?
Unfortunately can't find anything wide to demo that isn't AT, which is big here due to steep BC terrain.I can imagine the snow being deep, dry and fluffy enough that you might need something at least as wide as 90+mm underfoot to actually float on it...
Love the idea of big wide boards but don't want to move to stiffer binding boot yet so think that limits me to FT62/S-B 98/Epouch widths? Right?As another note- the S-Bound 98 will not offer you more float than the 88- it is the same width underfoot. At 185lbs, I much prefer the 112 for "powder" XC skiing...
Thats what I thought. Only gaining width in tips for turning? Still think 88 could be smart choice.You can use the Alaska boot on any ski! But- there is certainly a limit to the width of ski that you can drive with a boot as soft as the Alaska!
Personally, I am very comfortable on steep terrain in boots like the Alaska- and I can certainly ride- and drive- skis like the Eon/Ingstad/E109 with that boot. And although I am sure I would love my 68mm Storetind with the Alaska- on ideal BC snow and moderate terrain- I chose to put a 75mm binding on the Storetind precisely because I can unlock its full downhill potential with a Telemark boot.
But again- if you are not looking to ski steep terrain, then the Alaska BC is perfectly fine with a wide powder ski.
What about Annum 78 (109/78/95)? Would be great if I could handle them with the Alaska/NNNBC. Was thinking they might be too much.