Been looking at skins and they are not cheap. I have two pairs of skis which I'm hoping to get skins for and I'm wondering if I can just use the same skin for both skis.
If the skin leaves more than the edges exposed in the middle third or so of the ski, then you will slip on steeper slopes, especially if you are doing an ascending traverse.
If you only expect to use the skins on easy to moderate slopes, the simplest thing to do would be to get some straight skins of 80-85mm, and then just trim them lengthwise (if necessary) for the shortest ski. As suggested recently in another similar thread, you could also get kicker skins, which only cover the middle portion of the ski. I regularly use Black Diamond kicker skins when skinning at the area and in the backcountry, but I am limited with those to going up easier slopes.
If you think you might use the narrower skis for more backcountry skiing in the future, then you might want to get wider skins (e.g., 100 to 115mm in width), and then trim them to fit the narrower skis -- they would then give you more traction on steeper slopes with the narrower skis. You could still use them on the wider skis, and they would give more traction than just using a straight skin fit to the narrower ski.
The caveat to this last bit is that if you got skins with a tail-fix, you would need to make sure you could make it work with both skis and their different lengths -- or you could just not use the tail-fix option.
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With spring conditions you want mohair mix. For dry cold snow in mid winter, 100% mohair skins are the best.
This skin should be good for all but the steepest terrain...which you will need to do switchbacks (which is recommended anyway)...most skiiers in my area have a tendency to make skin tracks way too steep... angles that no guide would ever do. I end up having to break my own lower angle trail...not a big deal.
For reference, I use these 85mm skins on a ski with dimensions of 125-95-120 with some slipping in wet consolidated snow. They work really well in slightly colder and dry new snow. I have put 10k vertical ft on these skins in the past week with some slipping but I was also carrying a 30 pound pack.
Good luck and have fun!
Joe, it sounds like you had a good week up there, were you on NNN BC?
It sounds like your getting lots of snow up there. I should have been there last week but cancelled due to the virus. It's too bad about the warm temps, it used to be winter conditions lasted through March.jyw5 wrote: ↑Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:34 amI have been switching between NNN BC, NNN all of last week. The snow was fantastic on sunday after the storm which brought almost a foot of powder in 1 day. But since then, it has turned to heavy cement. I am doing the Eklutna Traverse next wk, so I have also been training on my S125s with Silvretta bindings and mountaineering boots. The snow up high is still good but its all very steep skiing and avalanche prone. The snow down low is good in the shade and very early in the morning. My ski season will take a break after the Traverse next wk (Wed-Sunday). I hope to return skiing on NNN BC in late May and June for summer corn up high.
Good luck with the Eklutna Traverse, it should be a great alpine glacial adventure.