Skirciak Pirciak wrote:Hi Guys
Yesterday I did my first run in pretty steep terrain. 1200 meters incline on 13 km
Yum I love vertical terrain. I love downhill skiing, but you know I love climbing as well!
I met just alpine tourists along the way.
Were they skiing? If so- what equipment were they using?
Going up was fine, effortless. Skin gripped well even on ice
Going down...it was not so fine.
I had to take off the skis and walk
I was not not in the control of the skis
I was not able to do proper snowplow or turn
It is true, that I was standing on skis third time in my life, but I did better on old narrow fishscales XC skis, without steel edges a week before
I have read, that skin is not so good in lateral, side movement and I felt that ( I was expecting that I will be able to do some telemark : D )
A number of thoughts-
Your descriptions of this ski suggest that it is very stiff, with a XC camber. This type of ski is very challenging to turn as you must aggressively, fully-weight the ski in order to try and make them turn. For example- I use striding and jump turns on my E-99 if I want to ski a tight line; and aggressively-weighted Alpine turns when I am on compacted snow and have the space to turn them. On a long, truly double-cambered ski, I can only make a true, equally-weighted telemark turn when the snow is soft and supportive, and the terrain is moderate, and I have loads of room to ride that enormous-radius arc!!
The other variable is that ski has a XC sidecut-profile as well- designed to track straight, not turn.
Being able to manage those skis on steep terrain and difficult snow is a tall order for the most experienced skier!
Hopefully I get better
You will most certainly get better!!! My advice if you are new to Nordic skiing is rack up as many miles as you can on gentle to moderate terrain. Classic XC skiing on less steep will build strength, and balance- this will help you on steep terrain!
PS: These Alpina Wyoming boots are great. For riding and walking as well
That is good news, Alpina is doing great things with their BC-XC boots!
At some point, you may want to try a more supportive boot on that mountainous terrain- see if it makes a difference on those steep slopes.
Have a nice rest of the weekend
Thank you for the update Stefan!