LooseHeel wrote:Seems most backcountry skiers in the Gaspe are using NNN-BC or xadv.
lilcliffy... What tours have you already done? what steeper terrain are you looking into with nnn-bc?
Hey LooseHeel- meant to reply to this!
Tours in QC? Thoughout the Chic-Chocs (especially hut to hut in the Parc); Laurentians (Parc Jacques Cartier, Parc Grand-Jardins, Parc des Mont Valin, Parc du Fjord-du-Sagenuay, Charlevois area, etc.).
Also toured in many locations in Atlantic Canada (incl. NF). Did some touring in the mountains of New England many years ago.
The issue is this- my wife, in particular, has a passion for downhill skiing. In the past, when we have toured in the mtns; we have always brought equipment that allowed us to jump off just about any steep slope for a downhill run (or 2 or 3!). To date, we have used fairly rigid Nordic touring boots with 3PC bindings- so that we have the ability to steer skis when we want to.
My confession is that I rather hate touring in relatively rigid equipment...I have become obsessed with improving my ability to downhill ski on light Nordic equipment.
IMHO you cannot have rigid strength and leverage above the ankle- without sacrificing instep flexibility and extension.
IME, in order to downhill ski in boots, that are soft above the ankle- I need to stride down the hill- as opposed to steering my way down the hill.
I remain uncertain as to where the limits (terrain/snow) are of my ability to stride down a hill. I know what I can do in rigid boots/bindings- I can steer my way down the hill.