XCD Skis for Midwest Terrain

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BerryBlossom
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Re: XCD Skis for Midwest Terrain

Post by BerryBlossom » Sun Jun 23, 2024 9:38 pm

Consider the Fischer Excursion 88 for better edge control on firmer snow. Aim for around 170cm length. Stick with NNNBC bindings for versatility. Upgrade from Whitewoods for better stability. Regarding the Chariot Ski Trailer, ensure your little one is warmly layered, and weight shifting might help with maneuvering on low-angle hills.

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Re: XCD Skis for Midwest Terrain

Post by RandomDude » Mon Jun 24, 2024 3:20 pm

BerryBlossom wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2024 9:38 pm
Consider the Fischer Excursion 88 for better edge control on firmer snow. Aim for around 170cm length. Stick with NNNBC bindings for versatility. Upgrade from Whitewoods for better stability. Regarding the Chariot Ski Trailer, ensure your little one is warmly layered, and weight shifting might help with maneuvering on low-angle hills.
That’s good to know. Thank you for that well-researched information.
It’s also good to make sure there is enough snow, to avoid damaging your skis.
There is no snow here, now.



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Re: XCD Skis for Midwest Terrain

Post by BerryBlossom » Sun Jun 30, 2024 11:01 pm

You seem well-immersed in the XCD realm! Considering the terrain and snow conditions in Southeast Wisconsin, the Fischer Excursion 88 and S-Bound 98 are excellent options. They both provide adaptability across various snow types and are well-suited for the region's undulating hills. The Excursion 88 offers enhanced maneuverability on gentler slopes, whereas the S-Bound 98 excels in providing superior flotation in deeper snow.

Choosing NNNBC bindings aligns with your requirements, offering greater control on harder, icier surfaces. Transitioning from leather duckbill boots to the Rossignol BCX 10s, as you've considered, will certainly enhance your ability to turn.

As for the Chariot Ski Trailer, it's equipped to manage gentle slopes effectively, although more effort may be required for turning. To maintain warmth, dressing your child in layers, along with a blanket or a windproof cover, should offer additional protection.



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Re: XCD Skis for Midwest Terrain

Post by lilcliffy » Mon Jul 01, 2024 3:30 pm

Just a note here-
In my limited experience-
the Fischer 88 does not have better edge-hold vs the 98-
neither of these skis have truly effectice edge-hold as they have zero torsional rigidity/stability.
Also- the 98 does not offer superior stability/float in deep snow vs the 88.
Cross-country AND down-hill skiing in the backcountry.
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Re: XCD Skis for Midwest Terrain

Post by BerryBlossom » Mon Jul 01, 2024 9:44 pm

For your cross-country skiing setup, choosing NNN BC bindings is a wise move for the terrain and snow you'll encounter. The Fischer Excursion 88 and S-Bound 98 skis are excellent picks, providing flexibility for varied landscapes and snow types, and they deliver good floatation and edge control on harder snow. Switching from Whitewoods to BCX 10 boots was a savvy upgrade for improved edge control. Both ski models will navigate turns on gentle slopes effectively, with the Excursion 88 offering slightly better maneuverability. A ski length of around 180cm is ideal. Happy skiing, and kudos on acquiring the Chariot Ski Trailer—it's a fantastic addition for family skiing outings!



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