Harris wrote:Since you are skiing with an alpiner, keep it simple; you aren't building a nuke here: use the all mountain ski you ski downhill best on, forget the fish scale base skis and throw the skins on when your buddy does. I mean you and your bud are basically getting from one downhill experience to the other together. For a sleeper advantage keep some smear-on Dominator Butter high fluro wax in your pack, with a cork. That will help you hang with him when it counts, avoiding as best you can the snow gremlins that reach from under, grab, and cause us telemarkers to face plant in wetter snow.
This was the advice I ended up going with. Totally solid and correct.
I know I initiated two pages of discussion about the Objective BC's but after doing some touring in NH before we left I decided to go with a smooth based pair of Objectives I scored on a sweet equipment trade. (They had been drilled three times and have been beat up but still a total score!)
Also, the DOMINATOR BUTTER was a total lifesaver on one day in particular. This shit works, yo!